About The Program

You’ll study the principal areas of modern chemistry while learning to think creatively, solve complex problems, and perform detailed analyses. Early on, you’ll put theory into practice through internships and hands-on applications using cutting-edge equipment in the state-of-the-art Neidig-Garber Science Center. You will also have the opportunity to carry out an extended research project in collaboration with highly qualified faculty and participate in summer research, including before your first semester through Research First.

Recent graduates have gone on to work for the National Institutes of Health, Nestle Purina Pet Care, Hershey Medical Center, Exelon Nuclear, Glaxo SmithKline, and Eurofins Laboratories. Others have pursued advanced degrees at Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, and the University of California at Berkeley.

Why LVC?

  • In the past five years, LVC chemistry students have collaborated with their faculty on more than 75 research presentations throughout the country—and world. Students have presented their research at conferences in California, Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and even Budapest, Hungary during this period.
  • The LVC Chemistry Department encourages students to gain international experience through participating in one of the College’s study abroad programs, specifically those that offer academic opportunities that align with the department’s goals. Several students had the opportunity to conduct organic chemistry research in Budapest, Hungary, at little cost due to a National Science Foundation grant and the Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Experiential Education Grant Program.
  • Our Chemistry Department received the 2016 Award for Outstanding Institutional Practice in Student Learning Outcomes from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation—and we were the only institution in the U.S. to earn this distinction. The department has a long-standing history of using national benchmarking exams such as the ETS-Major Field Exam in Chemistry and the ACS Subject Exams to assess student learning. Graduates from the past 10 years of our programs have scored in the top quartile nationally on the ETS Exam (insert link to ETS assessment data).
  • The Chemistry Department has built an outstanding record of winning competitive external grant support, having received 50 grants for more than $2 million since 1982—and more than $1 million in the past decade—to fund undergraduate research, purchase instrumentation, support curriculum development, and provide scholarship aid. In the past decade alone, our faculty have received grants from the National Science Foundation, Petroleum Research Fund, Merck/AAAS, and Research Corporation.

LVC has fantastic science professors—they all came from competitive Ph.D. programs, and they pushed me to succeed. It was the one-on-one mentoring and dedication I received from my professors that helped me stand out.

Ph.D. from Princeton University, Assistant Professor in the Cancer Research Lab at Michigan State University

Dr. Sophia Lunt ’05