Brewing a bottle of beer, fashioning stronger building materials, analyzing clues left at a crime scene, creating new medications to fight disease—these are all examples of chemistry in action. Investigation. Research. Developing an understanding of the intricacies of the basic building blocks of life. The study of chemistry is an invitation to explore the wonders of the world in their most elemental state.

“The chance to travel...and gain research experience is a unique opportunity...”
— Allison Tomczyk '18

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About the Chemistry major

Carroll University’s chemistry program offers courses in the basic areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical and biochemistry, which are supplemented by industrial internships, studies in laboratory safety and health and opportunities for independent research.

Our students have opportunities to engage in scholarly research projects on campus during the semester, or can also work one-on-one with a professor to create and conduct Pioneer Scholars projects over the summer. Students may also apply to participate in a 12-week research program at the prestigious University of Strathclyde in Scotland. Whether you’re headed for post-college employment or considering graduate studies, the hands-on research opportunities you’ll get will give you an advantage. Our students have moved on to positions at state crime labs and top research graduate programs around the country. They have also started careers at Dow Chemical, Covance, Abbot Laboratories the Millipore-Sigma Chemical Company, among other industry giants.

Our program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, guaranteeing faculty, curriculum and instrumentation necessary for a top quality undergraduate education.

The student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society hosts guest lecturers and field trips, and provides student mentoring. Students can present research projects at regional and national American Chemical Society meetings.

Emphases / Minor

Chemistry majors are required to choose one of the following emphases. In addition to the major, Carroll offers a minor in chemistry that complements many areas of study.


We help you build real world experience, explore careers and network with professionals through internship opportunities. Recent placements include the following companies:

  • Brady Corporation
  • Sigma-Aldrich Corporation
  • S.C. Johnson
  • Essential Industries
  • Hydrite Chemical
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Bostik Inc.
  • American Red Cross of the Northeast
  • Gundersen Lutheran


College is a big investment in a bright future. Learn more about the industries and careers our majors pursue, and the workplaces and experiences of the alumni from our program. See where yours may take you.

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Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Timothy Flewelen

Lecturer of Chemistry

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Dr. Kevin McMahon

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Department of Computational and Physical Sciences

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Dr. Kent Molter

Distinguished Lecturer in Chemistry

Dr. Joseph Piatt

Dr. Joseph Piatt

Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science

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Dr. Jamie Scaglione

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Michael Schuder

Dr. Michael Schuder

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Gail Vojta

Dr. Gail Vojta

Distinguished Lecturer in Chemistry