On August 22nd of 2014, our department was informed that we had been unanimously given American Chemical Society Approved Department status from the Committee on Professional Training. This means that we now can certify majors that meet the requirements approved by the ACS, which for our students will be the professional BA track. We are excited to allow our students to gain this important benefit and hope it will catalyze further growth in our program.
The Department of Chemistry offers a full set of courses designed to prepare
a student for graduate study, medical school, secondary education, or work
in the chemical industry. This coursework includes a foundational two-year
program with associated labs in general, organic, and quantitative chemistry
followed by intensive junior/senior laboratory courses in conjunction with
advanced courses in biochemistry, physical, inorganic, and organic chemistry.
All of our majors assemble a Chemistry Portfolio over their junior and senior
years that insure each student has conducted experiments in all areas of chemistry,
has achieved proficiency in all major areas of instrumentation, and both attended
and given seminars both inside and outside of Berea College. Our courses are
grounded in problem solving using both practical and quantitative reasoning
skills. We also are committed to the idea that students should conduct research
as part of their undergraduate curriculum. All of our Faculty direct
undergraduate research with our students as well as send some of our students
to undergraduate research programs at other institutions. We hope to prepare
our students to address chemical problems that have come to dominate the headlines
of today's news from nuclear to biomedical issues and everything in between.
Our students have gone on to work in many fields including chemical industrial
research, medicine (including doctors, physician assistants, and pharmacists),
and teaching (both college and secondary). Our courses also serve as collateral
requirements in Biology, SENS, and Nursing, as well as provide general chemistry
and environmental chemistry courses to serve the student body at large.
Chemistry is central to many of the major issues that will face society for
years to come from energy and waste management to medicine and biotechnology.
in Fall 2003 Chemistry
published by the American Chemical Society which describes the Berea College
This wordpress site will serve as the day to day information about comings and goings in the
department of chemistry. Anyone who needs a user account should email Jay Baltisberger or
Matt Saderholm. We hope you enjoy the ride.
The chemistry department has undergone many changes over the course of the
history of the college. The first science instruction began at the turn of
the century (circa 1900) and grew slowly. By the mid 60's we had three faculty
members, Julian Capps, Gus Levey and Thomas Beebe. These three men combined
to serve Berea College for over 100 total years of service time. Thomas Beebe
was the first of the chemists at Berea to institute an undergraduate research
program in the mid 60s. In the early 80's the department expanded to four
fulltime members. By the late 90's we had embraced an active biochemistry
requirement and had added a half-time member in the sustainability and
environmental studies area.
Potential Research Employment Opportunities
Post-doctoral Teaching/Research Associate – CHEMISTRY (Physcial)
Professor Baltisberger is looking to find an appropriate candidate to work
with and write a post-doctoral funding grant proposal to pursue research
and teaching at Berea College. We are open to any candidates with a particular
interest in those with experience with solid-state NMR or materials science
backgrounds. No specific post-doctoral funding avenue has been chosen at this point
and we are open to working with a strong candidate to find the best possible
route. Please contact Jay Baltisberger by phone at 859-985-3298 or email at
. There is no
deadline for finding the right person other than getting proposals submitted and
hopefully forming a strong collaboration. We are certainly open to talking to international
applicants but we will have to look carefully at proposal citizenship requirements.
Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial
college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond,
Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 60 countries. As a reflection of its
continuing commitment to interracial education, Berea is among the most racially diverse
private liberal arts college in the United States. Berea admits only students whose families
are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition
scholarship. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic
environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The
College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a labor
position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Graduates distinguish themselves in a
variety of fields, including social service, government, ministry, the arts, business,
education, medicine, and science, and many go on to earn graduate degrees.
Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea
(pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from
Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available
Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social
equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.