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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.


  • Volleyball Team Honors Loyal Fan
  • Volleyball Team Honors Its Most Loyal Fan
  • Eight members of Franklin & Marshall's Volleyball Team, which won the Centennial Conference championship this year, honors their academic liaison, Professor of Chemistry Rick Moog.

  • Chemistry Lab Assistant Positions
  • Apply for a Winter Break and/or Spring Semester Lab Assistant Postion! Log on to F&M Connects and search for the "Chemistry Lab Assistant" job postings or stop by the Chemistry office (HAC 301B) to pick up or drop off an application.

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  • Professor Katherine Plass receives a 2015 Rising Star Award from ACS
  • Chemistry professor, Dr. Katherine Plass, has won the American Chemical Society’s 2015 Rising Star Award, from their Women Chemists Committee, for her excellence in the scientific enterprise. This award recognizes 10 exceptional women scientists who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions in their respective field of study. An awards symposium will be held at the 249th National Meeting of the ACS in Denver, CO on March 23, 2015 honoring Plass and the other award winners.

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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.