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.
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 skill and proficiency
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.
CHEM 321 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 331 General Organic Chemistry
CHEM 351 Biochemistry
CHEM 411 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 441 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis
We also offer a Dual-Degree Engineering program in partnership with Clemson University. Click on the 'Programs' link on this page for more information about these programs.
Whether you are here for a course in science as part of your general education requirements or you are interested in becoming a Chemistry or Applied Physics major, we hope that you find the information that you need here. Please contact us with any questions that you have!
Paul E. Richardson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department Chair
Swain Hall 221