About the Department


Fall 2012: back: Mauricio Cafiero, Larryn Peterson, Jon Russ, David Jeter; front: Darlene Loprete, Dhammika Muesse, Roberto de la Salud Bea, Kim Brien, Loretta Jackson-Hayes.

The philosophy of the Chemistry Department at Rhodes rests on two beliefs. First, Chemistry, as all science, is part of the liberal arts, and so the study of chemistry benefits from concurrent study of arts and humanities as well as athletics and service. Second, Chemistry is truly a central science, and the most exciting work in chemistry is done when it is applied to biology, medicine, neuroscience, materials, archeology, and other fields. Thus in our department you will find faculty that are proficient not only in chemistry, but also in a variety of applied fields.     

In recent years, graduates of our department have typically followed one of three paths: graduate studies in a Health Profession, including medical school, pharmacy school, dental school, nursing school, or veterinary school; graduate studies in Chemistry; or immediate emplyment in either Chemical industry or Science education.

Special Opportunities. Students majoring in chemistry are encouraged to consider becoming involved in the department′s research program (see the Research tab to the left) either during the academic year or in the summer. Through cooperative arrangements, off-campus research opportunities are also available to selected students.

For those students who are interested in pursuing studies in engineering, Rhodes offers a Dual Degree Program in cooperation with Washington University in St. Louis. A student may complete the Rhodes requirements for the Dual Degree Program in three years at an accelerated pace (15-16 credit hours per semester). The student then applies to Washington University for admission to the engineering program there. After two years of intensive engineering study, the student receives two degrees, a Bachelor of Science from Rhodes and a Bachelor of Science from Washington University.

Interested students should contact the departmental chair for additional information.