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
Teaching While You Learn
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.
Our Faculty, Students and Alumni
Dr. Habiba Vaghoo
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.
Annabel Olson '14
Pursuing a Ph.D. of Genetics, Cell and Molecular Biology at University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Biology Major; Chemistry Minor
Concordia classes are both writing intensive and emphasize presentation skills of material within one's major. I feel very confident in my ability to problem solve and to defend my opinion. Additionally, my liberal arts education encourages me to think about different issues from multiple viewpoints, which helps to have an inclusive understanding of issues.
Sarah Brock '14
Master of Science, Physician Assistant Student at Des Moines University
Biology Major; Chemistry Minor
Concordia has not only prepared me with the scientific background I will need for graduate school but also with the confidence that I am pursing the right career for me. Through experiences such as the pre-med co-op, I have been given the opportunity to explore the various roles of a healthcare provider, seeing sides of the career that are not seen in the classroom. I have been challenged to think critically about my life and what I am called to do.
Elizabeth Quincer '13
Chicago Medical School
Biology and Chemistry; Neuroscience
Not only were the courses I took influential in solidifying my decision to study medicine, but my professors were also extremely valuable in supporting me and helping me to consider what I wanted my future to look like. Volunteer experiences helped to shape my path and led to my desire to work with underserved populations.
Samantha Lohse '14
Pursuing Doctor of Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry
Biology Major; Chemistry and Psychology Minors
I enjoyed my experience at Concordia greatly. Getting to know my classmates, professors and staff at this school made my time so wonderful. Whether it was Student Environmental Alliance, Homecoming, Anatomy and Physiology, or a course to fulfill my core credits, I had an amazing time and I wouldn't trade it for anything!
Charissa Quinlan '13
Integrated Biomedical Sciences Program, University of Notre Dame
Chemistry and Psychology; Neuroscience
I learned to balance classes with outside activities, honed my skills as a peer leader, and confirmed my passion in the fight against cancer. In the labs I discovered my love for research and developed my skills as a scientist. Together these experiences lead me to my career in cancer research.
Dr. Michael Loushin '94
Certified Anesthesiologist, A Founder of Preceptis Medical Inc.
I had experiences that I didn’t realize would be significant until later, after my time at Concordia. Know that the broad academic work you are doing today lays the foundation for future success.
Dr. Darin Ulness
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.
Kari Neutzling '14
Pursuing an M.D. at Mayo Medical School
Biology Major; Chemistry, Spanish and Vaccinology Minors
The classes I took during my undergraduate years prepared me for the rigorous coursework that will be presented in my graduate program. We were taught to not only learn but understand, synthesize and apply complex material, which is a skill I will use for the rest of my life.
Carly Mickelson '17
Spanish and Chemistry Major, Biology Minor
I am here to be a student first and an athlete second. My coaches and professors are on board with that idea. If I have a ridiculous amount of homework or a big test to prepare for, I can talk to my coach about missing practice or leaving early. If I have a game, my professors are okay with me leaving class early or missing while giving me information on the topics I missed.
Dylan Jones '14
Pursuing a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Nevada, Reno
I had a great experience at Concordia. It's much more than just taking classes. The school is more of a community that becomes your home for four years. The faculty and students I've met have had a very positive impact on my life. I'm very excited for what's ahead of me, but I'm incredibly thankful for my four years here and the people I've met along the way.
Maddie Johnson '15
Case Manager at Columbus House in New Haven, Conn.
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.