Chemistry

Chemistry is often called the “Central Science” because it interfaces with physics, biology, forestry, geology, and other fields, making instruction useful for both majors and nonmajors.

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Senior Chemistry Majors celebrated the successful completion of their comprehensive exams
January 26, 2016
Senior Chemistry Majors celebrated the successful completion of their comprehensive exams on a snowy January afternoon with a new tradition.
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A Celebration of the End of Classes!
December 7, 2015
The Biology and Chemistry Departments invite you to a celebration of the end of classes! It will be on Thursday December 10, 2-15 from 12:00-2:00 pm in Harris Commons in Spencer Hall. There will be food, crafts, cookie decorating, music and games! All students in any biology or chemistry classes are invited (plus anyone who wishes they had been in a biology or chemistry class this semester).
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CHANGING THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND COOKING
December 7, 2015
Associate Professor of Chemistry Deon Miles recently wrote an article published in the Journal of Chemical Education entitled “Laboratory Development and Lecture Renovation for a Science of Food and Cooking Course” (J. Chem. Educ. 2014, 91, 1637−1642). The article focused on the recent changes made to the course (CHEM 110), which is targeted to nonscience majors at Sewanee. Students now have the opportunity to work in the laboratory setting on food-related experiments, including the preparation of homemade ice cream. Also, near the end of the course, the class takes a field trip to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery (in nearby Lynchburg, TN) to study large-scale distillation and fermentation processes.
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