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Chemistry Overview

The chemistry program at Erskine is designed to prepare students for careers in chemistry and chemistry-related disciplines.  Chemistry is a very broad area of study that encompasses skills and personalities from the highly analytical and mathematical to the broadly visionary, synthetic, and creative.  That diversity makes studying chemistry in a Christian liberal arts community an ideal choice!  Here at Erskine, our chemistry majors are encouraged to build their technical laboratory and scientific skills while developing a substantive understanding of the relationship between the chemist, society, and the church.


Erskine is a small college in a small town with a relatively BIG chemistry program.  Erskine has a very long tradition of excellence in chemistry that dates back to the earliest years of the college.  The proportion of students on campus majoring in chemistry is surprisingly large, and our excellent facilities within the Daniel-Moultrie Science Center reflect the Erskine commitment to a strong chemistry program.  Our program is STUDENT focused, and our students have access to laboratory, instructional, and research facilities that go well beyond what you would expect to find in a small liberal arts college.


We have degree paths in place for students interested in a career as a professional chemist, as well as an available emphasis in Biochemistry for those interested in biochemistry, medicine, or pharmacy.  Our Teacher Certification Program prepares students to teach Chemistry classes at the high school level, where qualified science teachers are in high demand.  A minor in Education is required for this track.  More detailed information about our programs and courses is available in the academic catalog.  A typical 4-year schedule of chemistry courses for a chemistry major is available here.


If you are interested in chemistry or any of the broadly chemistry-related careers, the Department of Chemistry at Erskine might just be the perfect place for you.  Come visit us, see our facilities, meet our faculty, and share a meal with our students.  We’d love to help you discover what makes Erskine a great place to study chemistry!  Contact our admissions office today to schedule your visit.  Let them know that you are interested in chemistry and we’ll be ready to greet you and welcome you the Erskine chemistry family.  You can also contact our chemistry faculty directly for more information about our program.


Joel E. Boyd

Professor of Chemistry

Professor of Chemistry B.S., Wayland Baptist University; Ph.D., Rice University


Tiffany R. Hayden

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.S., University of Pittsburg, PA; Ph.D., Baylor University


Howard E. Thomas

Dr. & Mrs. James Rogers Young Professor of Chemistry

Dr. And Mrs. James Rogers Young Professor of Chemistry B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Bristol, England

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