chemistry

About the Program

The mission of the chemistry program is to guide students in the development of their chemical knowledge and skills through a quality course of study emphasizing experiential learning with a professionally engaged faculty current in their field who help students successfully integrate into chemically related professions.

Our strong traditional chemistry curriculum is ideal for developing a student’s knowledge base as well as their critical thinking and communication skills. Students gain additional practical experience through research and assisting professors with laboratories. This major also expands the student’s horizons and further initiates them into chemically-related professions by involving them in off-campus field trips, short courses, professional meetings, and summer research and internship opportunities.

Coursework in Chemistry

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Chemistry, and includes courses such as:

  • General Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Independent Research

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Chemistry:

  • Chemistry Club (American Chemical Society Student Affiliates)

Experiential & hands-on learning opportunities

Independent Research: Chemistry majors are required to complete independent research projects prior to graduation. Examples of recent projects include:

  • Atomistic Simulation of Hysteresis Behavior of Ni-Ti Shape-Memory Alloy
  • Fabrication of Polyoxometalate Supercapacitor Devices
  • Experimental Analysis of Greek Fire
  • Optimization of Melt Processed Photoluminescent Polymer Blend
  • Inexpensive Chemistry Labs That Meet SOL Requirements

Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship. Some past internships include:

  • Electroanalytical, membrane, and immunochemistry research at the University of Kentucky.
  • Working in polymer chemistry at Virginia Tech.

What can I be with a major in Chemistry?

A major in Chemistry leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Chemist
  • Molecular Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Toxicologist
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • EPA Inspector
  • Patent Agent
  • FDA Inspector
  • Pharmaceutical Detailer
  • Fire Protection Engineer

Chemistry Faculty

Jason Powell
Program Coordinator of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry and Physics
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(540) 365-4376
jpowell@ferrum.edu

Laura Grochowski
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., Oregon State University
(540) 365-6949
lgrochowski@ferrum.edu

Dr. Maria Puccio
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Ph.D., George Washington University
(540) 365-4238
mpuccio@ferrum.edu

Natalia Smelkova
Associate Professor of Biochemistry
Ph.D., Sackler Institute of Biochemical Science, NYU
(540) 365-4362
nsmelkova@ferrum.edu

Find Out More

Information is only an email away! Contact Jason Powell, Program Coordinator at jpowell@ferrum.edu.