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Chemistry tells the story of how the chemical building blocks of the universe interact with each other at every moment. If hands-on laboratory work and experimenting with theoretical concepts fires you up, a chemistry major at Linfield University will expand your ability to explore, describe, and understand the world. You will have access to unique opportunities like study abroad, courses in food science and brewing, and high-level research with faculty mentors.

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As a chemistry major at Linfield

you might take:

Organic Chemistry

Use hands-on laboratory skills to investigate the chemistry of carbon-based molecules, their properties, and their reactions. (CHEM 321/322)

The Art and Science of Brewing

Study and participate in beer production and critique the brewing process. (CHEM 300)

Research in Basic and Applied Nanotechnology

Examine current scientific research, experimental design, and ethical issues as you complete your own research proposal and presentation. (CHEM 382)

Studying chemistry at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in four of the five traditional subdisciplines (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical).

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  • Obtain, evaluate, and use information from the scientific literature.

    Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in genres appropriate to the discipline.

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  • Ask questions, design experiments and interpret results.

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  • Demonstrate safety consciousness and safe work habits.

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  • Work productively while exhibiting high ethical standards, both as an individual and as a team member.

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Elizabeth (Liz) J.O. Atkinson
Elizabeth (Liz) J.O. Atkinson
Department Chair and Professor
Murdock Hall, Unit A468