Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Teaching you to become a productive member of the scientific and technological society

The career options are endless when it comes to studying the chemical sciences. The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program gives students knowledge that can be applied to an almost unlimited amount of industries. By studying all things chemical – chemical processes, chemical compositions, and chemical manipulation – our graduates are prepared to apply scientific methods and standards to make a difference in the world.

With an emphasis on research and analysis, the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program sets students up for success by giving them opportunities to develop their skills through hands-on learning. To prepare students for roles within chemical engineering, chemical and related industries, healthcare, and more, we offer experiential learning opportunities that allow classroom knowledge that can be applied in the real world.

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We believe the best way to learn is through practice. In the BS in Chemistry program, students receive:

Projected Growth

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of chemists is projected to grow by roughly 7% through 2026. The Marian University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program is dedicated to helping students follow our past chemistry graduates’ footsteps and find work fast.

Chemistry Program at Marian

Linda Krueger, Chair of the Math and Natural Science department, describes the analytical and research oriented chemistry program at Marian. Through testing and studying chemical reactions, looking at chemical compounds and how things react together, you will develop the analytical, communication, and transferable skills that will elevate you beyond graduation.

Within the program, you will take the classroom knowledge and apply it in a laboratory setting. You will also learn the scientific method and write quality lab reports.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program features our 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. The BS in Chemistry program emphasizes personalized support and instruction from faculty committed to student success and guiding them toward the best path for their career goals.

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General Education Courses

As a bachelor’s level student, you are required to take about 30 credits of general education courses as part of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.  Gen eds are required regardless of your major.

All students take 10.5 to 17 credits in these areas:

  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Argumentative and Research Writing
  • Introduction to Christian Theology
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Ethical Reasoning
  • First Year Studies

Core Courses

Chemistry majors will take courses covering topics such as:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Trigonometry
  • Physics
  • Physical chemistry

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.

Mission:

Through effective teaching, advising, and scholarly activity, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry 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 capabilities and accomplishments. Additionally, the BS in Chemistry program provides necessary background science courses that students need to succeed in their desired fields.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program prepares students 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.

Of the students who responded to a post-graduation survey, 100% had either found employment in the field or had continued into graduate school.

Within the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program, based on a review of program learning outcomes, a new assessment plan has been adopted to align with American Chemical Society Standards around eight student learning outcomes.

Students who take chemistry courses (majors and non-majors) receive significant support through the general education program in developing knowledge acquisition and critical thinking.

With a solid background in the sciences and an emphasis on critical thinking skills, the aim of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program is to help students become leaders in the sciences and society. Experiential learning opportunities allow students to set themselves apart from the competition, whether by entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate or professional school.

Students enrolled in the BS in Chemistry program 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 or eight or more of their chemistry credits at Marian University for the chemistry minor.