Your Trinity education will give you a competitive edge in the job market or entrance into graduate school. Trinity will give you access to highly qualified professors and the instrumentation of a major national laboratory.
The Chicago area offers a wide range of work experiences for students in the field of chemistry. Argonne National Laboratory in neighboring DuPage County has provided many Trinity students with valuable work experience and research opportunities. Area industries employ Trinity students during their undergraduate years, giving them an inside track for future career opportunities. On campus, Global Green Products maintains a lab in the Heritage Science Center, and this company also employs Trinity chemistry students to assist with the work that they do.
Upper-level courses taught during your junior and senior years will expand your knowledge of chemistry. These courses include: physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, instrumental methods of analysis, and a science major seminar. In addition, as a Trinity student, you will have opportunities for research, focused studies, and field experience through Trinity’s connections with other local colleges, institutions, laboratories, and companies.
Trinity students have the advantage of being taught by dedicated professors with advanced degrees. Trinity utilizes the resources available in the Chicago area through relationships with several industrial and academic research facilities. At Trinity, not only will you receive the foundation and training for a career, but you will also expand your understanding of the Creator and his creation. Since chemistry deals with the composition and properties of substances, you will learn how to apply classroom teachings in the real world.
Alumni of Trinity’s chemistry program find employment as doctors, industrial chemists, educators, government employees, and self-employed business owners. Several are involved in environmental fields or work in research and quality control. Thirty-five percent of Trinity chemistry graduates earned a Ph.D. or M.D.
Unlike students in many other fields, graduate students in chemistry usually attend their institutional program tuition free because of generous teaching or research assistantships. Trinity graduates may work in companies that manufacture petroleum products, paints, food products, synthetics, soaps, agricultural products, minerals, and paper. Chemists in industry may be engaged in product development or marketing.
The mission of the chemistry department is to prepare students for professional careers in industrial chemistry, medicine, teaching, or graduate studies while bringing a Reformed Christian perspective to the science by affirming that all creation is the work of God and that each of us is a co-participant in the redemptive process. Students not only receive the foundation and training for a career but will also expand their understanding of the Creator, his creation, and our care for it. The program includes opportunities for research and independent study for upper-level students, whether in area laboratories or by means of on-campus research efforts.