BS in Chemistry

What is the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry?

This degree program focuses on the study of everything around us, the changes things undergo and man’s interaction with the environment. Knowledge of the principles of chemistry can facilitate understanding of other sciences, including physics, biology, geology, astronomy, oceanography, engineering and medicine.

What do students enrolled in the Chemistry program do?

As a Chemistry major, you will learn to comprehend, explain and analyze chemical phenomena at the subatomic, atomic and molecular levels. In hands-on laboratory classes, you will learn to use appropriate chemical analysis techniques and standard laboratory equipment. Through these techniques and laboratory classes, you will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the use and structure of the periodic table, balance chemical equations, use an electronic balance, pipet properly and identify unknowns. Highly qualified professors who care about students’ success and are involved in students’ lives outside classroom also lead students to approach current ethical issues from a biblical perspective. The chemistry program also has research opportunities through independent studies where students are challenged to think critically and develop the technical abilities required to successfully conduct scientific research, identify and solve technical problems in relation to chemical synthesis and innovation; a strong requirement for students looking for a chemistry research position in industries and graduate schools.

Is this major right for you?

You might consider a Chemistry major if you desire a career in forensic sciences, chemical engineering, environmental sciences or the medical field or science education, have an interest in conducting research in a lab setting, and innovation of new products in manufacturing and drug discovery.

About our students

In our Chemistry program, students have many opportunities such as the Summer Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program at the University of North Dakota and summer research internships at the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.

About our graduates

When you graduate from Southern Wesleyan University with a BS in Chemistry, you can join alumni and graduates in prestigious graduate schools and programs all across the nation, including:

  • Clemson University
  • University of North Dakota – Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) program
  • Centers for Disease control
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) – summer research internship

"The knowledge I received provided a solid base for graduate school. I don't feel like I am falling behind or need to catch up with other people that went to bigger schools."

Nikolai Lambic, Class of 2013

You will be prepared for a career as:

  • Chemistry teacher
  • Research chemist/scientist (analytical, inorganic, organic and physical): Chemical manufacturing companies, Pharmaceutical industries, National research laboratories
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Laboratory coordinator
  • Quality Control Chemist
  • Crime Lab Assistant
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Water Purification Chemist
  • Toxicologist

Our graduates have landed jobs at:

  • Harvard University School of Public Health
  • Clemson University
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Center for Disease Control in Atlanta.

Southern Wesleyan graduates are continuing their studies in the following areas:

  • Graduate school in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology
  • Clinical laboratory sciences
  • Geology
  • Forensic sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine

Available Instrumentation

  • Perkin Elmer Spectrum Two FT-IR spectrometer
  • Beckman DU-70 UV-VIS spectrophotometer
  • HP  Liquid Chromatograph
  • SRI 310C Gas Chromatograph
  • PLAS LABS 830-ABC Glove Box
  • Schlenk lines and vacuum manifolds
  • NMR spectrometer (Clemson University)
  • Single Crystal X-ray Diffractometer (Clemson University)