Chemistry often is called “the central science” because all investigations of matter at the molecular level depend on the theories and methodologies of chemistry.
Making its home in Tomsich Hall, part of Kenyon’s top-flight science quad, the Department of Chemistry contributes to interdisciplinary programs in biochemistry, molecular biology, neuroscience, and environmental studies.
Chemistry students have the extraordinary opportunity to join with faculty members in laboratory research. This degree of access is rare at the undergraduate level and essential to graduate work and success in the job market. Students also may compete for grants to spend the summer in Gambier as Summer Science Scholars.
If you have an AP Chem score of 4 or 5, you may enroll directly into Chem 122 (Chemical Principles). Alternatively, you may qualify for Chem 122 by taking the online placement exam any time after August 7. The placement exam is the first assignment of both introductory courses (Chem 121 and Chem 122) and may be completed prior to Orientation.