We emphasize a broad view of chemistry and its relationship to other disciplines. In particular, we are developing a stronger integration of chemistry and biology concepts through team-taught courses, participation in the Biochemistry and molecular biology major, health-related research projects, etc.
In our courses for non-science majors, we focus on how our daily experiences are touched by or determined by chemistry, and how an understanding of this can allow a person to act more wisely. For science majors, the emphasis is on how they themselves can contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the microscopic world of atoms and molecules. We strongly encourage our students to engage in research projects to develop a full set of practical skills and become active scientists.
We have answered a number of frequently asked questions about studying chemistry in general and at Cornell College in particular: