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BS in Chemistry

About the Chemistry Program

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 the 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 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.

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.

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Zach Ehrhardt - Biology/Chemistry Major


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)

Your Future

"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