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About the Program

Everything is made up of matter. The study of chemistry is the process of discovering how matter behaves and why. By studying chemistry at Sterling College, one learns to see the fingerprint of God through this matter that makes up His creation.

Dr. Curtis Beechan, who holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University, brings more than his solid academic background to his position as Sterling’s chemistry professor. He also brings a passion for teaching students about the make-up of the world in the environment of a Christian college.

By holding to high standards and by teaching chemistry with an understanding of faith, Beechan carries on a tradition of excellence in science education at Sterling College which dates back to the first half of the 20th century. Under the leadership of the late Dr. Ruth Thompson, for whom the science building is named, Sterling enjoyed a national reputation in science education.


  • Secondary Education Licensure

What Can I Do With This Major?

  • Chemist
  • Lab technician
  • Teacher
  • Attend graduate school
  • Attend medical school

Sample Courses


  Dr. Farai Brian Kwaramba
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
   Dr. Randal Newhouse
Assistant Professor Physics