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The goals of the chemistry department are:


For general education: To present, through the general survey course, both information about and insight into the manner in which the creation is sustained by God and thereby to increase students' appreciation of God's glory in what He has made and to help equip students to be better stewards of creation.


For the major field: To provide students with a large body of information and techniques and with an appreciation of the role of chemical investigation in the kingdom of God. To prepare students for careers in professional chemistry or for admission into medical school.


For related fields: To meet the needs of students with career interests in other natural sciences and the health care professions. To provide some measure of technical expertise and grasp of the limitations and successful applications of chemistry as it relates to other callings.


"Dr. Zuidema began almost every class period by reading a question and answer from the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which I really enjoyed. His undeniable love for the Lord and his concern for students made the classroom a comfortable and exciting place."
- Grace Buys '19 | business major


Collaborative Research and Presentations by Chemistry Faculty and Students

  • “Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation (CTH) of Ketoximes with Raney Nickel Catalyst and 2-Propanol as Hydrogen Donor,” Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society
  • “Using The Poisoner’s Handbook in Conjunction with Teaching a First-term General/Organic/Biochemistry Course,” Journal of Chemical Education, 2016, 93, 98.
  • “Exploration of the Connection Between Studying Chemistry and Studying Language,” Southeast Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society


Chemistry Lab Equipment

  • Rotary evaporator
  • UV-vis spectrometer
  • Infrared spectrometer
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer
  • Gas chromatography (GC) unit


Programs, Courses, and Requirements