Chemistry Program - Coastal Carolina University
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Bachelor of Science

Chemistry is the science of all matter and its changes and is 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.

Students planning to pursue a major or minor in chemistry at Coastal should complete high school courses in algebra, trigonometry, analytical geometry, and physics in addition to chemistry courses.

The major requirements for a chemistry degree allow some flexibility depending on the interests of the student. The chemistry major provides a good foundation for careers in industry, medicine, forensics, government, teaching, manufacturing, research and development, quality control, and environmental quality.

The Student Experience

  • A chemistry degree will prepare you for a wide variety of postgraduate (M.S. or Ph.D.) opportunities, such as graduate programs 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 Transform 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 Chromatography with Mass Spectrometer Detection (GC-MS) systems, 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 skills and proficiency.

Students must earn a C or better in all major courses.

Beyond the Classroom

Chemists are involved in many of the following areas/industries: teaching at all levels; environmental work; patent law; food science; instrument development; forensics; clinical medicine; quality control; technology research and development; technical writing; sales and marketing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and instrumentation.

Further information about the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry can also be found here.

Areas of Study

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


Paul Richardson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Science Annex II 301F

Science Annex II
107 Chanticleer Drive East
Conway, SC 29526