ChooseWhy Choose This Program?

Why Study Chemistry at Goucher?


The real strength of the program lies in the spirit in which chemistry is done here. This spirit becomes manifest in: excellent teaching, small classes, student-faculty research endeavors, student mentoring, informal student-faculty interactions, and general departmental camaraderie.

The program also offers dual-degree programs with Johns Hopkins University in chemical and biomolecular engineering, environmental engineering, and materials science engineering. The Chemistry Program is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society. Course offerings, faculty, library, equipment, and budget of the program meet the national standards of the society.

LearnWhat Will You Learn?

What Will You Learn?


A major in chemistry prepares students for careers in chemistry, graduate work, or for entrance into professional schools. Students with an ACS-certified degree in chemistry have a sound basis for industrial, educational, governmental, and hospital careers in chemistry. They are prepared for graduate work in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, materials science, and related fields. They may also move into law, medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, and other professional schools.  Learn more

DoWhat Will You Do?

What Will You Do?


Advances in chemical technology have been at the center of many products that are an integral part of modern life including, long-lasting rechargeable batteries, touch screens, flat panel displays, MRI scans, and lightweight sporting goods. Students who earn a degree in chemistry may find themselves working on one or more of these problems beginning with their time as a Goucher student. 

Chemistry majors gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study by participating in three-week intensive courses abroad, such as Tropical Marine Biology at the Roatan Institute in Honduras. Many also participate in semester-long programs in England, Costa Rica, or Australia.

Faculty

Major & Minor Program Contacts
Chemistry (Major and Minor): Kevin Schultz

Full-Time & Half-Time Faculty
Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield, Associate Professor of Chemistry: organic chemistry

Pamela Douglass, Assistant Professor of Chemistry: physical chemistry

George Greco, Professor of Chemistry: organic, inorganic, and medicinal chemistry

Judith R. Levine, Professor of Biology and Chemistry: biochemistry and molecular biology

Ingeborg Petterson, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow: analytical chemistry

Kevin P. Schultz, Associate Professor of Chemistry, organic chemistry

Scott P. Sibley, Professor of Chemistry: physical chemistry

Professor Emeritus or Emerita or Emeriti
Esther J. Gibbs, Professor of Chemistry, inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry

David E. Horn, Professor of Chemistry, organic chemistry

Barton L. Houseman, Professor of Chemistry, physical chemistry

Part-Time Faculty

Instructional Staff
Jaired Tate, Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator

Study Abroad

By choosing three-week intensive courses led by Goucher faculty or semester programs suited to their academic plans, chemistry students gain a global perspective that enhances their course of study.

Three-week intensive courses are an excellent opportunity for chemistry majors to pursue secondary interests or fulfill their language requirement. Popular ICA's for chemistry majors in recent years have been:

Tropical Marine Biology in Honduras

Spanish 130 in Alicante, Spain

The Department strongly recommends that students who wish to study abroad for a semester and take core science courses do so at:

University of Glasgow, Scotland

Students are encouraged to consider studying abroad in Scotland as early as the Spring semester of their sophomore year.

Goucher chemistry majors have recently participated in the following semester and yearlong programs:

Oxford University, England

Monteverde Institute, Costa Rica

University of Sunshine Coast, Australia

Tokyo, Japan through Temple University (non-Goucher sponsored program)

Summer and Winter programs are another popular option for chemistry majors. Students have recently participated in the following Goucher-sponsored summer program:

Danish Institute for Study Abroad

and several non-Goucher sponsored programs:

International Summer School at the University of Cambridge, England

Torino, Italy through USAC

Genoa, Italy through University of Maryland

Beijing, China through Language Link Beijing

Please note: Programs at these universities may not be eligible for credit without prior approval. Please contact the Office of International Studies to learn more about approved study-abroad programs.

Visit the Office of International Studies website for more information.

Opportunities & Internships

Internship Program


Internships are a very important facet of the curriculum at Goucher College. As such, the chemistry faculty members consider well-structured internships to be essential to a student's education. The variety of internships that have been completed under the supervision of this program is evidence of the flexible and creative applicability of degrees in peace studies. Students find internship opportunities through the Career Development Office, through faculty and staff members, or on their own.

A detailed description of the off-campus experience is published by the Career Development Office each year and fully describes the guidelines and timetable for internships. Students interested in arranging an internship in chemistry should contact their individual academic advisers.

Special Prizes and Awards


American Chemical Society Maryland Section Student Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry

The American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry Award
The American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry Award is awarded to the outstanding student in the first two semesters of organic chemistry.

The Chemical Handbook Award
The Chemical Handbook Award is given to the outstanding student in freshman chemistry.

The David E. Horn Award in Organic Chemistry
The David E. Horn Award in Organic Chemistry is presented annually to a student selected by the chemistry department faculty for the most outstanding achievement in organic chemistry. The prize winner has the best overall record in all three organic courses at Goucher. The student will also have completed two semesters (at least 6 credits) of research in the field of pure organic chemistry in the Goucher laboratories. In the event there is no student meeting the criteria, the prize will not be awarded.

The Edith Ford Sollers Memorial Award
The Edith Ford Sollers Memorial Award is given to a senior majoring in chemistry who exhibits a high degree of distinction in scientific study and qualities of character and leadership in campus activities.

The Hilda Gabrilove '48 and Dr. Janice Gabrilove Dirzulaitis Chemistry Prize
The Hilda Gabrilove '48 and Dr. Janice Gabrilove Dirzulaitis Chemistry Prize is awarded to students exhibiting academic excellence in chemistry.

The Jessie L. King Prize
The Jessie L. King Prize is awarded to a senior who has done outstanding work in any science field included in Division III, with special consideration given to the study of mammalian physiology and/or microbiology.

The Louise Kelley Award
The Louise Kelley Award is made annually to a senior departmental major who has accomplished distinguished work in chemistry. Preference is given to chemistry majors who plan to enter the field of teaching.

The Milly Bielaski Prize in Chemistry
The Milly Bielaski Prize in Chemistry is presented to an outstanding junior chemistry major.

The Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
The Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry is given annually to the student who has shown the most potential for a career in analytical chemistry.

Chemistry Club


The Chemistry Club is the oldest student organization in continuous existence on the Goucher campus. The creators of the Chem Club established the Chem Club Banquet more than sixty years ago. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to the banquet, which features a lecture given by a guest speaker.

The club sponsors a variety of activities, including National Chemistry Week, Careers in Science Day, the Souper Supper, Spring and Fall picnics, a tennis tournament/party, and pre-vacation surprise parties.

For more information, visit http://events.goucher.edu/group/chemistry.

Student Work Opportunities


To find on-campus employment especially suitable for chemistry students, please visit the Career Development Office.

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors Graduation 2015

  • Congratulations to the chemistry and biochemistry majors who received awards at Convocation 2013! Back Row: David Spivey '14, Phelan Shea '13, Rachel Mann '14, Eliza Stever '14, Kat Flanagan '13, William Schiff '13 Front Row: Amber DiLoreto '14; Qingyao Li '14, Jeff Bessen '13

  • Chemistry Department Class of 2012 and Faculty: Seated: Pam Douglass, Abby Bickford, Amanda Lee, Randi Turner, Noah Robinson, Kirkbride Loya Standing: Stephanie Fussell, Esther Gibbs, Ruquia Ahmed-Schofield, Scott Sibley, Judy Levine, Lisa Taylor, Liz vonEnde, Phuong Tran-Nguyen, Becca Smith, Kyle Williams, George Greco, Kevin Schultz