Department of Chemistry, Physics and Pre-Engineering

Mission

The mission of the Department of Chemistry / Physics is to provide science students with excellent preparation for their lives and ministries after graduation from Louisiana College, whether it is direct entry into the workforce, graduate school in chemistry, or medical or other professional school. We accomplish this by providing rigorous coursework containing essential content on the chemical and physical properties of matter, with instruction that emphasizes laboratory experience, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Our mission also includes courses in Chemistry and Earth Science for non-science majors which inform students of the processes of science and the application of scientific thinking to a wide variety of issues, thus preparing them to be well-informed citizens and stewards of the created realm.

Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers degrees in Chemistry or Chemistry Education that are designed to help students competitively enter the job market as chemists or teachers or to continue their education in graduate and/or professional programs. Many students choose to attend Louisiana College and study Chemistry because of the tradition of success that our graduates have in applying to Medical or Pharmacy school.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry requires majors to gain hands-on experience in the LC labs and to complete either a research project or an internship in chemistry as part of the degree requirements. The goal of chemistry coursework is to equip students with an awareness of modern chemical technology while training them in the essential disciplines of the field.

Louisiana College’s 3+2 partnership with Louisiana Tech offers students a unique opportunity to study engineering in a Christian liberal arts setting. Students will first complete a degree at Louisiana College in as quickly as 3 years in either Mathematics or Chemistry while also taking preparatory engineering courses. After graduation, they will be equipped to complete a subsequent degree at Louisiana Tech in the engineering discipline of their choice in as little as 2 more years.

The engineering courses offered at LC, which have been developed in collaboration with La Tech, include Engineering Problem Solving, Circuits, Engineering Materials, Statics, and Thermodynamics. Qualified applicants will have strong math and science skills and should have a Math ACT score of 24 or greater.