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The Central Science

Chemistry is fundamental to an understanding of the properties and reactions of matter. It is critical for the development of new drugs, compounds with new properties such as superconductors and nanomaterials, and the continual refinement of substances that make our lives more enjoyable.

Chemistry, the Central Science, is inherently interdisciplinary and is at the interface of many disciplines such as molecular biology, solid-state physics, and geology. The Chemistry Major is taught by dedicated and productive faculty who are committed to helping the student acquire:

  • skills necessary for critical and analytical thinking
  • an understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry
  • a feeling for the joys and frustrations of original research
  • the ability to communicate observations and discoveries

Chemistry majors routinely co-author research articles published in well-respected journals, and present their research at local and national meetings.  The student who majors in Chemistry at F&M receives an excellent, balanced education and is well-prepared for graduate work in chemistry, the pursuit of medicine, opportunities in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries, and a variety of other career paths.


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  • Susan Klein '89 wins Education Award
  • Susan Klein '89, professor of chemistry at Manchester Univ., has won the top honor for Science in Higher Education in the Greater Fort Wayne, IN region. The awards recoginize oustanding teachers who engage and inspire their students, encouraging lifelong learning.

  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christine Phillips-Piro
  • F&M Chemist Developing Toxin-Sensing System
  • F&M Chemistry Professor Christine Phillips-Piro, with assistance from her students, is working to perfect a procedure that could one day identify pollutants that are difficult to detect.