As a natural science, chemistry is solidly within the realm of the liberal arts. Davidson College offers an exceptional learning environment in which to study this field. All chemistry courses and research studies are planned, taught, and facilitated by faculty members with a commitment to teaching and interacting with students. The small lecture and lab classes (usually 8-16 students) foster plenty of interaction with professors who are generous with their time and knowledge and enjoy engaging students through small-group and one-on-one discussions.
Chemistry students have the opportunity through faculty-student research projects to experience the process of discovery, to master new techniques, and to gain an in-depth understanding of specific chemical problems. Professors not only provide students with hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment, but also become trusted advisers offering guidance about academic programs and career paths. All department offices and research labs are in close proximity to the spaces where chemistry students learn, study, compute, perform research, and socialize every day.
Each year about one-half of Davidson's chemistry majors choose to attend graduate school in pursuit of a Ph.D. in chemistry (often with the help of fellowships and assistantships), or in related fields such as chemical engineering and biochemistry. Another quarter typically enter medical school or M.D./Ph.D. programs. Others go on to careers in education, forensics, medical and industrial research, sales, technology, management, ministry, and the military.
For more information on the chemistry curriculum and the importance of taking chemistry early in your Davidson career, please explore the New Students page under Academic Advising.