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Chemistry

The team culture in the Rollins chemistry department encourages undergraduates to talk freely with professors starting your first year. With a faculty genuinely vested in the progress and success of each student, the chemistry program offers two degree tracks: one that’s certified by the American Chemical Society as the foundation for lab or tech careers and the other for students who envision going into pre-health, pre-law, or perhaps business.

Your lab, research, and internship experiences early on in your college career will help you determine what you want to pursue, and you’ll have personal guidance from faculty and advisors on each step of your journey.

Why Study Chemistry at Rollins

Range of Expertise

Each faculty member brings an interest in the subdisciplines of chemistry: nanotech, materials, medical, food, solutions, and others. You can narrow your focus according to your own interest.

Transferable Skills

Lab experiences are interactive to help develop life skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and the ability to communicate your findings with scientists and laypeople alike.

Relationships with Faculty

Every professor knows you by name and career goals. They can advise coursework and internships tailored to your vision and write personalized recommendation letters for graduate schools.

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Mutya Cruz
“The level of mentorship I received in the chemistry department at Rollins greatly impacted my decision to pursue a graduate degree. The hours of help beyond the classroom ensured that I would reach my goals. As an undergraduate, I truly felt the entire department worked together to get me where I am today.”

Mutya Cruz ’15

PhD, Duke University

Rollins Chemistry Careers

Rollins chemistry grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most innovative companies and prestigious institutions.

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Shalini Allam ’13, MD

Resident Physician, Georgetown University

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Diana Cox '14

PhD Candidate and Research Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine

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Carri Geer '13, PhD

Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development, Novan, Inc.

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Julian Grundler ’18

PhD Candidate, Yale University

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Meagan Amick Tippens '08

Technical Lead-Chemistry Engineer, Lockheed Martin

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Kevin Tucker '05, PhD

Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Real World Experience

From internships to research, Rollins chemistry students hone their skills in the real world.

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Popular Courses

Each class in chemistry is designed to prepare you for internships and research. You’ll use professional-grade lab equipment and access scientific literature to develop solutions to real-world problems.

CHM 220
Organic Chemistry

Learn how to make and characterize molecules, which then leads to the development of biologically active or natural products—medicines, for example.

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CHM 320
Analytical Chemistry

Does that pill really have 100 mg of what it says on the bottle? How do you know if your water is safe? You’ll ask meaningful questions in sample analysis, and then find the answers using instrumental methods that impact everything from forensics to the environment.

BCH 335
Biochemistry

Former students say the lightbulbs really go off in this class. It sparks an understanding of the exciting connection between chemistry and biology, putting the pieces together for how our bodies work.

CHM 420
Medicinal Chemistry

Take a giant leap forward in your growth as a potential pre-med student or pharmacy expert, delving into the application of chemistry and biochemistry in drug development.

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CHM 460
Advanced Topics—Catalysis of Alternative Energy

Find out where we are scientifically with ethanol, biofuels, and battery systems. On a practical level, how close are we to making them readily available and affordable—and what can we do to get there faster?

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CHM 460
Advanced Topics—Nanotechnology

The nano-world is so small yet so important in the future of chemistry. Dive into scientific primary literature and make connections to real-world applications of nanotechnology.

A Day in the Life of a Rollins Chemistry Major

“The liberal arts education at Rollins really forced me to step outside my comfort zone, teaching me how to think outside the box and adapt to different situations and problems.”

Julian Grundler ’18

Beyond the Classroom

Prestigious Internships Chemistry students at Rollins have earned pre-health internships at the Mayo Clinic, Moffitt Cancer Center, and University of Virginia, and also in research-focused areas with law firms and the military.

Shadowing Opportunities By your sophomore year, you can spend time in a work environment to start determining firsthand if your vision for a career will meet expectations. This is a concrete way to identify your real passion.

Competitive Research Experiences Students can stay on campus for one-on-one research with a faculty member through the College’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program or take advantage of the pipeline created by alumni to research-intensive universities like Georgia Tech or the University of Michigan.

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Expert Faculty

The research experience in the chemistry major at Rollins is rich because all faculty members are active in research too. Each instructor brings depth in a specific subspecialty, so students can choose an interest for targeted instruction.

Department of Chemistry
Bush Science Center
1000 Holt Ave. – 2743
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2223

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