"/> Areas of Study: Chemistry | Bethel College, KS
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I am proud of the high standards and the people at Bethel. They are going to give you the tools and the help you need to succeed.
Erin Bradley ’14

Explosions! Smoke and loud noises! Fascinating color changes!

Is this what comes to mind when you think of chemistry?

At Bethel College, your chemistry experience will include these and more. As a chemistry student, you’ll learn the scientific explanations for these phenomena and many others.

The Bethel College chemistry program includes hands-on instrumentation. There are no technicians – if we have the instrument, you will operate it, gaining knowledge and skills that employers and graduate schools value. Past experience shows that interaction with instrumentation strengthens your ability to secure positions or gain acceptance into a graduate or professional program.

From your first year, your chemistry experience could include working with atomic absorbance, UV-visible spectroscopy and infrared spectroscopy (these are just big words for really cool instruments). As a chemistry student, you’ll also study in areas such as biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and analytical chemistry.

Your Bethel chemistry experience will culminate with a senior project, for which you plan and carry out an independent investigation into a chemical topic — again, adding to your practical experience.

The chemistry department is dedicated to helping students you attain your academic goals. What are you becoming?

Chemistry Faculty

Kathryn Layman

Kathryn Layman

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics
  • M.S. – Atmospheric Chemistry University of California, Irvine
  • B.S. – Chemistry (Math Minor) Occidental College 1996
  • Ph.D. – Chemistry University of California, Irvine 2002