The Concordia College Chemistry department prides itself on providing a first-class education for all students in both the classroom and laboratory. Chemistry also works hard in offering a wide range of opportunities beyond the classroom from research with faculty to internships and beyond. The department possesses a state-of-the-art instrumental laboratory and a cutting-edge laser facility for spectroscopy research, both of which are utilized extensively in both teaching and a range of faculty research.
The department offers both a standard chemistry major and an American Chemical Society-certified major with optional specializations in neurochemistry and biochemistry. Several chemistry faculty members are also actively involved in the neuroscience program, a novel interdisciplinary area which draws extensively from chemistry, biology and psychology.
Whether it is during the academic year or the summer, many of the chemistry faculty are actively involved in cutting-edge research. Areas under study range from noisy light spectroscopy, corrosion inhibition, degradation of environmental pharmaceutical contaminants and developing green synthetic routes to new pharmaceutical moleculesLearn More
From making oobleck (cornstarch and water) to watching their hair stand on end by touching a Van de Graaff generator, kids love to know how things work. Through the chemistry department’s Science Academy, Concordia students go into the community and show elementary school students some fun hands-on answers.
Biology and History Major; Chemistry Minor
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During organic chemistry, we were required to build a drug with our lab group throughout the semester. My group tried and tried again, but did not produce any concrete results. But, through this process, I learned about failure and how to be flexible when approaching a problem.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Colorado College, Colorado Springs
ACS Chemistry Major; Mathematics Minor
My professors at Concordia prepared me for a life in the sciences by challenging me inside and outside of the classroom. They also made a great impact by preparing me for my career in academia. How I interact with my students is inspired by how the chemistry faculty nurtured me as a student.
In the broadest sense, my hope is that a person is able to come to Concordia and get the foundational knowledge they need - whether that's in Chemistry or whatever field they are in - so that they can go on and do wonderful things for society. And to do it in a way that makes them happy.