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Chemistry often is considered the liberal arts degree of the technical world and serves as an integral component of modern research in medicine, the environment, new materials and energy technology. Chemists study the atomic and molecular properties of materials and are easily placed in thriving professional opportunities.

Beyond careers in chemistry, chemists are needed in engineering, medicine, business, education and law where a technical background is highly recommended for work in patents and environmental law.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemistry. Students also can pursue a combined bachelor’s and master’s program to complete both degrees in five years.

The bachelor’s degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Supporting work in mathematics and physics and a personal selection of electives allow each student to customize his or her degree to match their career objectives.

The bachelor of arts option is well suited for students with an interest in chemistry but with career aspirations in law, business, education or fields requiring technical literacy.

Program Objectives

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry/Biochemistry

Students who complete the undergraduate program should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure, composition and properties of various chemical substances.
  2. Plan the synthesis of various inorganic and organic substances.
  3. Characterize substances based upon analysis of their physical and chemical properties.
  4. Use theories of microscopic properties to explain macroscopic behavior.
  5. Explain the role of energy in determining structure and reactivity.
  6. Employ chemical theory to explain the rate and outcome of chemical reactions.

Core Skills – Upon completion of the undergraduate program, students should have developed a set of core skills which they use in approaching the fundamental concepts. These include the ability to:

  1. Conduct meaningful and successful experiments.
  2. Communicate results.
  3. Think critically.
  4. Apply ethical reasoning.
  5. Extend results through lifelong learning.
Degree Options

Chemistry, B.A.

Provides students with a broad background in chemistry within the framework of a liberal arts education.

Chemistry, B.S.C

Degree option in chemistry consists of chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing and humanities courses that serve as the groundwork for graduate or advanced professional study.

Chemistry, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students can accelerate their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemistry in five years.

Chemistry Minor

Study the atomic and molecular properties of materials and acquire a background in general and organic chemistry.

Neuroscience Minor

Provides foundational knowledge of the structure and function of the brain and nervous system.

Typical Four-Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTERFRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Introduction to ChemistryCalculus II
Block I – Exposition and ArgumentationGeneral Physics I and Lab
Calculus IGeneral Physics II and Lab
General Chemistry I and LabBlock II – Historical and Social Interpretation
General Elective
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTERSOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Calculus IIIMolecular Modeling
General Physics II and LabOrganic Chemistry II and Lab
Organic Chemistry I and LabTechnical Elective
General ElectiveGeneral Elective
Sophomore Seminar
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTERJUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Physical Chemistry I and LabWriting for the Professions
Biochemistry IPhysical Chemistry II and Lab
Block II – Historical and Social InterpretationAnalytical Chemistry I and Lab
Technical ElectiveGeneral Elective
General ElectiveBlock I – Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
Junior Seminar
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTERSENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Analytical Chemistry II and LabInorganic Synthesis
Introduction to ResearchTechnical Elective
Inorganic ChemistryTechnical Elective
Technical ElectiveGeneral Elective
Block II – Historical and Social InterpretationBlock II – Historical and Social Interpretation
Senior Project
Professional Opportunities
  • Industrial chemist
  • Food scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Environmental inspector/technician
  • Secondary ed chemistry teacher
  • Materials engineer