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.

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.

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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.

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

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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:

An introduction to the fundamental principles of Chemistry including modern concepts of atomic and molecular theory, physical states of matter, stoichiometry, chemical bonding, gas laws, equilibria and reactions of inorganic compounds.


A second-semester general Chemistry course which introduces the topics of equilibrium, kinetics, ionic equilibria of weak electrolytes, solubility product, coordination compounds, thermodynamics, electrochemistry and descriptive chemistry. Qualitative analysis is included in the laboratory portion of this course.



An in-depth study of the chemistry of organic compounds. This course includes nomenclature, structure, reactions, stereochemistry, an introduction to absorption spectroscopy and uses and reaction mechanisms of organic molecules.



A continuation of CHE 201.


An introduction to the techniques and methods of the organic chemistry laboratory. This course includes the synthesis of various classes of compounds, determination of properties and structures, product evaluation, introduction to various instruments and identification.


An introduction to the principles of analytical chemistry with emphasis on analytical methods involving volumetric, optical, separations and electrochemical analyses, especially for chemistry majors, pre-medical and medical students, medical technology and other students in biological sciences.


An introduction to chemical instrumentation presenting theoretical and experimental aspects of solving analytical problems. The course introduces the applications of modern instruments to the detection and identification of chemical elements and compounds, covering ultraviolet, visible, infrared spectrophotometry, ESR, NMR, atomic absorption, ion exchange, gas chromatography and electrochemistry. This course also includes the interfacing of instruments to computers.



A survey course covering topics such as chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, equilibria, phase rule, solutions, spectroscopy, quantum chemistry, electrical and magnetic properties, and the states and structures of matter.

A study of published sources of chemical information, their content, organization, and use. This course also involves learning techniques for preparing and giving a seminar.

A research experience for senior students investigating a problem of their choosing. This study is made under the direction of a supervising professor.



Experimental work correlating with the theory of CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I.


DExperimental work correlating with the theory of CHE 402.

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:

A lecture-laboratory course for science majors stressing the nature of science and scientific methodology. Basic ecological concepts and human impact on the environment are studied. The chemistry of life, the cellular basis of life, genetics, energy relationships and metabolism are presented. Both the classical aspects and the areas of recent research are included. (This course is required for Biology and Biology Education majors and Biology minors.)


A continuation of BIO 101. Major topics covered include plant and animal biology. Structural and functional relationships are stressed. Major structures, adaptations, and evolution of Monera, Protista and Animal kingdoms are surveyed. Current areas of research are included. Dissection of representative organisms including the fetal pig is required.

A study of the organization of ecosystems and human use of natural resources, including problems and opportunities generated by human interaction with the environment. Basic ecological principles are applied to current environmental issues and topics. Environmental case studies and current environmental literature are employed. Laboratory activities include field trips, simulations and other activities designed to enhance lecture topics.

Other requirements 20 credits as follows:

10 credits:


MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 with a grade of C or higher

A first course in the calculus treating functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial rational functions. A major emphasis of this course is the application of these concepts to problems arising out of industry, economics, business, and the sciences.


MAT 201 Calculus I, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 201 with a grade of C or higher

A continuation of MAT 201. Topics include the study of transcendental functions, techniques of integration, analytic geometry, polar coordinates, and parametric equations.

10 credits:


MAT 201 Calculus I, or Corequisite

This is a lecture and laboratory course which stresses the fundamental principles of mechanics, momentum, work and energy, rotational motion and fluid statics and mechanics. The course will use calculus in derivation of the laws of physics as well as in problem-solving.


This course is a continuation of PhS 203. It will include wave motion, electricity and magnetism, optics and special relativity.


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 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%).

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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.

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)


Michael Garvey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sarah Garvey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Jason Kowalski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

John Morris, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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.

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Office of Admission

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