Georgetown, KY – The Georgetown College Department of Chemistry has received American Chemical Society Approval and becomes one of only two private colleges in Kentucky with this prestigious recognition.

ACS-Approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.

“This is a distinct honor and one which we have been working toward for several years,” said David Fraley, PhD, Professor of Chemistry. He added, “The extensive application process gave us the opportunity to review and improve our department. Our consistent goal is to provide a quality education in Chemistry for all our students.”

ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS Approval is based upon such factors as the number and academic qualifications of the faculty, foundation and in-depth course offerings, instrumentation, library holdings, administrative support, budgets, research opportunities, and lab space. 

“These factors make it difficult for smaller schools to gain ACS Approval,” said Fraley. “However, since starting this process, the department has added two new faculty, a variety of modern instruments, several new courses and upper-level labs, and expanded research experiences.”

In the past decade, 14 Georgetown College Chemistry graduates have gone on to graduate school in Chemistry, 9 to other non-medical graduate programs, 28 to medical, dental, or pharmacy school, and 22 directly entered the work force.

The other private college in Kentucky with ACS Approval is Centre College. Six public universities in Kentucky also have ACS Approval.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is a scientific society based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of chemistry.  Founded in 1876, the ACS currently has 161,000 members at all degree-levels and in all fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.  It is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the leading sources of authoritative scientific information.

For more information, contact:

David Fraley, PhD
Professor of Chemistry