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Chemistry is the central science. That is to say that almost all science-related majors, from the biological sciences to the physical sciences, require an early and basic sequence of chemistry courses as fundamental to their curriculum. Whether you are majoring in pre-med, engineering, biology, nursing or physics, for example, chemistry courses will be essential to your success in these fields. And, if you are looking to be a soil scientist, an industrial hygienist, a perfumer, a hydrologist or a practitioner in any one of scores of related occupations, including a high school or college chemistry teacher, you will want to consider becoming a chemistry major. Many chemists work in chemical manufacturing firms, which produce plastics and synthetic materials, pharmaceuticals, soaps and cleaners, paints, industrial organic chemicals and other miscellaneous chemical products. Chemists also research in health and agriculture fields and work for testing services and educational institutions.

Taking your first college chemistry courses at Hesston College will enable you to fulfill the basic chemistry requirements for any and all of these fields. For science and related majors, Hesston College offers a full year of General Chemistry and a full year of Organic Chemistry. These four semesters of chemistry form a solid foundation of chemical knowledge that will serve students well as they transfer and continue - fully prepared - in their science and science-related studies at four-year colleges and universities. Take a moment to review Hesston's typical program of study for the associate of science degree with a chemistry major.

Why should I choose Hesston College?

Class sizes at Hesston College are generally smaller than at large universities. Instructors pay attention to you and to your education. They are available to work with you individually, helping you to achieve your educational goals.

But you’ll do more than learn in the classroom. Hesston College cares about you, the student, providing opportunities that nurture your spiritual, cultural and interpersonal growth, opportunities that prepare you to live in today’s and tomorrow’s world.


At Hesston College, I learned more than just ions, solubility products and nucleophilic reaction mechanisms. I learned to appreciate and share the passion for chemistry and experienced awe at the complexity yet simplicity of a remarkable science that affects us all. Hesston taught me how to change and inspire the lives of others through a field called chemistry.
          -Calvin Swartzendruber, '91, high school chemistry/physics teacher


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Come and experience the community of Hesston College. Here professors and staff are skilled at teaching and relating to college students in their first two years of study. We view students as whole beings with beliefs and feelings as well as intellect, and we view all aspects of the college experience as significant: classroom, dormitory, activities and religious life. Above all, we believe that the atmosphere in which learning occurs is as important as what one learns.

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