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Description of the Major:

Chemistry is the science of all matter and its changes and is, therefore, intimately linked to all the natural and applied sciences.  The curriculum of the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry will involve the study of numerous fields of chemistry, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

The Student Experience:

  • A chemistry degree will prepare you for a wide variety of post-graduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) opportunities, such as graduate progams in chemistry and biochemistry; pharmacy, medical, or dental school; and various teaching degrees.
  • Students with a bachelor's degree in chemistry find work opportunities in the chemical, biochemical, environmental, medical, and pharmaceutical industries, as well as forensic and government laboratories.
  • State-of-the-art instrumentation includes High Field Fourier Transfrom Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (FT-NMR), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), Atomic Absorption (AA) and Ultraviolet/Visible (UV/VIS) Spectrophotometers,  Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection (GC-FID), Gas Chromotography with Mass Spectrometer Detection (GC-MS), and a High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC).
  • Since laboratory research is an integral part of the University's program, students work closely with faculty to carry out individually-tailored research projects.  Some areas in which students may conduct research are atmospheric chemistry, chemical education, forensic chemistry, fuel-cell chemistry, peptide engineering, porphyrin chemistry, structural biochemistry, and photochemistry and enzyme kinetics.
  • Students have the opportunity to work in the chemistry department as laboratory and teaching assistants, which will hone their scientific skill and proficiency.

Beyond the Classroom:

Chemists are involved in all of the following areas/industries:

  • Basic research
  • Teaching at all levels
  • Environmental work
  • Patent law
  • Food science
  • Instrument development
  • Clinical medicine
  • Forensics
  • Quality control in all types of manufacturing
  • Research in developing new and better technologies
  • Sales and marketing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and instrumentation
  • Technical writing for electronic media, magazines, textbooks, and newspapers


Areas of Study:

CHEM 321 Analytical Chemistry CHEM 411 Inorganic Chemistry    
CHEM 331 General Organic Chemistry CHEM 441 Physical Chemistry    
CHEM 351 Biochemistry CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis    

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