Understand what makes up the world. And then make it better with a Chemistry degree
Chemistry is literally the study of everything around us. Elements that have existed on earth since its creation are constantly in flux, shifting, interacting, changing from one substance to another. Understanding this can help make a difference in the world around you. You love science, and might have a knack for math. The chemistry major program might be for you! Get this: knowledge of the principles of chemistry can facilitate understanding of other sciences, including physics, biology, geology, astronomy, oceanography, engineering, and medicine.
Hands-On Experiences, Professional Opportunities
As a chemistry major at SWU, 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 labs and techniques, you will be able to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the use and structure of the periodic table, balance chemical equations, and identify unknowns, as well as approach current ethical issues from a biblical perspective.
You will receive care and leadership from highly qualified professors that are involved in students’ lives outside the classroom. The chemistry program also has research opportunities through independent studies where you will be challenged to think critically and develop the technical abilities required to successfully conduct scientific research as well as 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 Chemistry 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. The BS in Chemistry includes a deep dive into the mathematical side of the science with courses in physical chemistry and advanced calculus, while the BA in Chemistry allows for more flexibility in your elective courses.
Our Chemistry majors 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.
Zach Ehrhardt - Biology/Chemistry Major
"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
This program opens the door to many career possibilities including:
- 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
Our graduates from this program have been accepted into graduate schools 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
Graduate Areas of Study
- Graduate school in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology
- Clinical laboratory sciences
- Forensic sciences
- Environmental sciences
Our graduates have gone into a number of careers and have held jobs with employers such as:
- Harvard University School of Public Health
- Clemson University
- Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Center for Disease Control in Atlanta