Daniel Zuidema, Department Chair and Program Coordinator
For General Education
To present, through the general survey course, both information about and insight into the manner in which the creation is sustained by God and thereby to increase students’ appreciation of God’s glory in what He has made and to help equip students to be better stewards of creation.
For the Major Field
To provide students with a large body of information and techniques and with an appreciation of the role of chemical investigation in the Kingdom of God. To prepare students for careers in professional chemistry or for admission into medical school.
For Related Fields
To meet the needs of students with career interests in other natural sciences and the health care professions. To provide some measure of technical expertise and grasp of the limitations and successful applications of chemistry as it relates to other callings.
Students interested in teaching chemistry for grades 6-12 should complete a BA degree with a major in chemistry and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor be completed. Three of the courses in the minor, EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching, EDU 222 Educational Psychology and EDU 361 Education of Exceptional Children, are required for admission to the MAT. For information about certification, see Teacher Certification under the Education section of the catalog.
Additionally, pre-MAT chemistry majors are encouraged to take the following courses as part of their major:
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Chemistry Major Options
The department offers two different concentrations for completing a major in chemistry:
- a general option that includes a wide range of courses across the chemical disciplines, and
- a biochemistry concentration which emphasizes cellular and molecular biology and is the recommended chemistry major concentration for pre-medical students and students interested in biochemical research.
Students with questions concerning the best option for their future plans should consult the department chair.