Inspired by chemistry, engaging in research.

In high school, you excelled in the areas of math and science, and sought out challenging opportunities to use math, theory and experimentation to study matter. With a major in chemistry at Marian, you will be inspired to take on the scientific method and make valuable contributions to the sciences.

Program Information

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission .


The Chemistry and Physics Program offers both majors and minors in Chemistry and Chemistry Education. Through effective teaching, advising and scholarly activity, the Chemistry and Physics Program prepares students to engage in scientific inquiry and thought, select and pursue appropriate career options, become productive members of our scientific and technological society, and develop an appreciation of their own capabilities and accomplishments.
In addition, the Chemistry and Physic Program services other programs at Marian by providing necessary background science courses needed for their fields, particularly the Biology and Forensic Science programs, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be able to complete laboratory tasks using proper lab techniques and equipment.
  • Students will be able to deduce an approach and implement a solution.
  • Students will be able to access and evaluate relevant chemical literature for the purposes of research.
  • Students will be able to use proper lab hygiene and safety procedures.
  • Students will be able to research and present results that are clear, relevant, accurate and precise.
  • Students will be able to work cooperatively to perform documented laboratory experiments and in class exercises.
  • Students will be able to adhere to ethical standards in all work.
  • Students will be able to acquire knowledge of chemistry.

The Program
The chemistry program features Marian’s core liberal arts courses and a challenging curriculum built on the areas of math, physics and chemistry. Using the scientific method, you will undertake activities ranging from creating chemical reactions in the lab and identifying unknown compounds to writing lab reports. At Marian, you will find personalized support and instruction from faculty who are committed to your individual success and guide you toward the best path to meet your career goals.

General Education Program: 46–49 credits of University requirements. Major satisfies the lab sciences, mathematics, and the natural science elective core courses.

34–36 credits:
CHE 101 Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHE 102 Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I, 3 cr.
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II, 3 cr.
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry I Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 252 Organic Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 300 Analytical Chemistry, 4 cr.
CHE 301 Instrumental Analysis, 4 cr.
CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I, 3 cr.
CHE 402 Physical Chemistry II, 3 cr.
CHE 412 Chemistry Literature and Seminar, 1 cr.
CHE 420 Senior Research, 1–3 cr.
CHE 451 Physical Chemistry I Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 452 Physical Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr.

2 credits:
CHE Chemistry electives, 2 cr. (choose from course numbers above 200)

Chemistry/middle–secondary education double majors are strongly recommended to take CHE 302 Biochemistry as their chemistry elective. Other science courses required for chemistry/middle–secondary education are:
BIO 101 Biological Principles I and Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 102 Biological Principles II and Lab, 4 cr.
BIO 104 Environmental Science and Lab, 4 cr.

Other requirements
20 credits as follows:
10 credits:

MAT 201 Calculus I, 5 cr.
MAT 202 Calculus II, 5 cr.

10 credits:
PHS 203 University Physics I, 5 cr.
PHS 205 University Physics II, 5 cr.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

As part of the chemistry program, you will gain valuable knowledge which places emphasis on research and analysis, both through lectures and laboratory experiences. You will have opportunities for internships and cooperative education experiences, as well as a senior research project that provides an opportunity to conduct hands-on research in your area of interest.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

John Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Chair of Natural Sciences
Chemistry Department

With a solid background in the sciences and an emphasis on critical thinking skills, you will find that the aim of Marian’s chemistry program is to help you become a leader in the sciences and in society. Experiential learning opportunities will allow you to set yourself apart from the competition, whether you will be entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate or professional school.

Chemistry majors must achieve an average GPA of 2.50 in their chemistry courses before graduation. Transfer students must complete 18 or more of their chemistry credits at Marian University for the chemistry major and must complete eight or more of their chemistry credits at Marian University for the chemistry minor.

The chemistry program prepares you for a variety of post-baccalaureate options, including professional employment and graduate studies. Our graduates have the foundation needed to pursue careers in a variety of areas, ranging from analytical laboratories, biotechnology, chiropractic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, to education, research and development and technology.

Over the three year period of 2011-14, the average number of graduating chemistry majors was 3.0 students per year. Of the students who responded to a post-graduation survey, 100% had either found employment in the field or had continued on into graduate school.

Within the major, based on review of program learning outcomes chemistry has adopted a new assessment plan to align with American Chemical Society Standards around eight Student Learning Outcomes and we are in the first year of data collection in this system; data will be posted as it becomes available.

Students who take chemistry courses (majors and non-majors) receive significant support through the general education program in developing knowledge acquisition (78.4% meet or exceed benchmark) and critical thinking (82.6%).

Tyler Balson is an Assistant Plant Manager at BBP Water Corporation in Bloomington, Indiana. He attended Indiana University – Bloomington where he earned a master’s degree in Environmental Chemistry, Toxicology and Risk Assessment. Tyler graduated from Marian University with a B.S. degree with majors in Chemistry and Mathematics. (’11)

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Morris, John

John Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Chair
Chemistry Department

Garvey, Sarah

Sarah Garvey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department

Ron Gruett, M.S.
Part-Time per Course Faculty
Chemistry Department
Jason Kowalski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department
Michael Garvey, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Chemistry Department
Greg Reed, M.S.
Science Learning Specialist
Chemistry Department

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