Department of Chemistry
Manchester University offers a baccalaureate
degree in chemistry, which prepares well-qualified, broadly
educated graduates for employment in chemistry related fields, high
school teaching, or for graduate programs in chemistry. In addition,
Manchester's chemistry program offers the non-science major
sufficient chemical knowledge to be a competent citizen in an
increasingly technical society.
One distinct aspect of a Manchester education is the
arts emphasis. Students develop skills in reasoning and thinking
that enable them to communicate more effectively and to be problem
solvers. These traits pave the way for successful careers in a
rapidly changing world.
Manchester's chemistry program has a long and respected tradition of producing
a high percentage of graduates who go on for Ph.D.s. A recent
survey of liberal arts colleges which produce doctoral graduates
that Manchester ranks 25th in the nation among the 900
Historically, Manchester chemistry graduates who apply to
graduate programs are accepted and do well in those programs. Two
well known Manchester chemistry graduates are Roy Plunkett, who
invented Teflon® for the Dupont company, and Paul Flory, who won the
Nobel Prize in chemistry.
The department of chemistry, housed on the third floor of the
Science Center, includes labs and classrooms equipped computers, software, and video and
demonstration equipment. Instrumentation includes gas chromatography-mass spectrometer, gas chromatograph, atomic absorption, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (proton and carbon), Raman spectrophotometer, ultraviolet-visible spectrometer, high performance liquid chromatograph, cyclic voltammetry, flourescence spectrophotomer, DNA sequencer. Students taking chemistry courses use many of these instruments as early as their first year of college.
During January Session, various nontraditional courses are
offered. Dr. Jeff Osborne,
Manchester chemistry professor, takes a team of doctors, dentists
and Manchester University students to set up medical clinics in
developing countries. This trip was originally led by retired
Manchester chemistry professor, Dr. Ed Miller. As well as going to Nicaragua, the group has served in
six other Central American countries. Visit the Medical Practicum Homepage
If you have an interest in chemistry, you should visit Manchester University. Talk with faculty, sit in on classes, and see our facilities.
To arrange a visit, call us toll-free at 800-852-3648 or send
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of graduates:
- Fiona Mills-Groninger '08 is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Julie Heckman '04 is employed at Zimmer in Warsaw, IN.
Blevins '00 completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Michigan State
- Yvonne Yoder '97 is employed at Eli Lilly in
- Chriss McDonald '81 is chair of the chemistry department at
Lycoming College in Pennsylvania.
- Sarah Kurtz '79 is a research scientist at the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory at Boulder, CO.