Knox's chemistry program has been accredited by the American Chemical Society for 40 years, a mark of the college's consistent success in the national arena. In a recent study, Knox College was ranked sixth in the nation for the proportion of its graduates who were chemistry majors.
A hallmark of the Knox chemistry program is the personal experience you will receive in well-equipped instructional laboratories, individualized laboratories and specialized instrumentation rooms. The department strongly encourages collaborative research with faculty.
The Knox chemistry curriculum has three levels of comprehensiveness:
The major requires 11 credits in general, analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry, advanced studies, calculus and the senior seminar.
In addition to major requirements, students preparing for graduate school or professional careers in chemistry are advised to take advanced inorganic and physical chemistry, two upper-level courses in instrumentation, and a two-term sequence in general physics.
Students may also receive certification by the American Chemistry Society by taking, beyond the professional major, one biochemistry course and two additional advanced electives in the department (one elective may be in advanced physics or mathematics). Also recommended for ACS certification are a course in expository writing and an introductory course in computer science.
Because modern chemistry relies heavily on sophisticated instruments, a well-equipped chemistry department is important. Knox provides all the instrumentation a chemist needs, including:
NMR and ESR -- Nuclear and electronic spin resonance spectrometers
Spectrophotometers -- Computerized IR and UV/visible
Chromatographs -- Electrokinetic, permeation and research-grade gas and liquid chromatographs
Spectrometers -- Laser, mass, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and polarimetry
Computers -- Data gathering, analysis, molecular modeling
Drybox and Schlenk Manifolds -- Allowing for the synthesis of molecules in an oxygen-free environment
Extensive Biochemistry Equipment -- Including peptide synthesis and liquid chromatography.
Knox's new Creating Opportunities and Access in Science and Technology (COAST) initiative will offer academic and financial support to students planning on careers in biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.
Capping off Earth Month, members of the Knox College and Galesburg community gather for a Day of Service and an Earth Day Festival featuring, music, art, and information focused on the environment.
Panelists share their experiences in the world of sustainable business, and they discuss the promise of 'green jobs' at a discussion hosted by the Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development.