Chemistry

Bachelor of Science

Considered the central science, chemistry is critical for understanding all other areas of science related to plants, animals, and the environment. In our modern world, an understanding of chemistry prepares students for cutting-edge careers. Chemistry is the foundation for making new drugs, developing new materials, and understanding material properties.

Our chemistry curriculum provides students ample opportunity to supplement their chemistry knowledge with a breadth of other courses from other disciplines. This flexibility within the chemistry curriculum allows students to develop as well-rounded individuals able to face and meet challenges in their chosen careers or academic programs. The chemistry program also prepares graduates for work in research and development.

Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, students have knowledge of chemical and physical phenomena at the molecular level. They are expected to possess the skills of critical thinking in chemical problem-solving, such as instrumental data interpretation for molecular structure characterization, and to be familiar with the chemical literature. Students are expected to have a command of the five major sub-disciplines of chemistry:

  • analytical chemistry
  • biochemistry
  • inorganic chemistry
  • organic chemistry
  • physical chemistry 

Our Chemistry Graduates

Our graduates use their degrees as a solid foundation for advanced study in chemistry as well as for study in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, forensic science, materials science, environmental science, medical technology, physical therapy, patent or environmental law, and education. Likewise, students who opt not to further their education beyond their BS in chemistry are prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities. Former chemistry graduates have gone on to careers in research and quality assurance positions in academic, industrial, governmental, and private sectors of the economy, as well as careers in medicine.

The ACS-certified curriculum provides an excellent foundation in science and mathematics for professional preparation in chemistry and meets the nationally-recognized high standards established by the American Chemical Society. This curriculum opens the way for a variety of careers in research and development in private industry or government and gives the student an excellent foundation for graduate study in chemistry. Students desiring to meet the minimum requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society should follow the curriculum denoted in the following link:  ACS-certified curriculum.