Behind the scenes in almost any area medicine, transportation, agriculture,
the environment, computing, entertainment, law, psychology, and the arts
is an army of chemists and chemical technicians who help prepare materials,
analyze evidence, create new substances, and answer the What is it? questions
that are presented each day. They help clean the environment, cure the
ill, convict the guilty, and keep us fed, clothed, sheltered, and healthy.
And we will continue to need more of these kinds of services to help clean
our environment, defeat the next epidemic, and improve our energy efficiency.
The B.S. in Chemistry includes a broad selection of courses in the sciences
and in mathematics that provides an excellent background for careers in
a wide range of fields or preparation for professional schools, especially
medicine (including dentistry and pharmacy).
Upon completion of the series of courses prescribed by American Chemical
Society guidelines, students may be certified as professional chemists
and awarded the American Chemical Society Certificate in Chemistry.
Faculty and Facilities
The Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society
has approved the chemistry faculty, facilities, and curriculum. This is
a clear statement of the quality of our program and our graduates to anyone
in the field.
There are eleven permanent faculty with Ph.D.s in chemistry, representing
the major areas of the science. The small size of most major courses assures
students of friendly, close contact with the faculty allowing for hands-on
learning of techniques and instrumentation. Short-term research projects
with faculty are accessible to all chemistry students. The Department of
Chemistry is housed in the Physical Science Building and includes eleven
laboratories and a number of specialized instrument and project rooms.
A bachelors degree in chemistry is the minimum requirement for starting
a career as a chemist. Graduate training is necessary for most research
and college teaching positions. Nearly two-fifths of all chemists are involved
in research and development extending scientific knowledge and creating
new products. Nearly one-fifth work in production and inspection activities.
Others work as analysts in forensics or environmental laboratories, professors
in colleges and universities, as consultants in industry and government
agencies, and marketing or sales representatives.
Growth in demand for industrial products (plastics, man-made fibers, pharmaceuticals,
and fertilizers), the recognition of the need for pollution control, and
improved health care programs will increase opportunities for chemists.
In addition, new and more efficient fuels or fuel cells must be developed
to stem energy shortages. Larger enrollments in chemistry education in
the future will increase the need for chemists to teach at universities,
community colleges, and high schools.