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:


    Internships and cooperative education experiences that are valuable assets to a resume and graduate or professional school applications

    Project-Based Learning

    A senior research course allows students to carry out a complete research project in conjunction with a supervising professor

    Individualized Guidance

    Our faculty are committed to individual success and help guide students along the best path to meet their career goals

    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.

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    The Program
    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.

    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

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

    Sample Course Plan:
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    Common Requirements:

    An introduction to Christian theology understood as the critical and reflective study of God’s revelation through the person, life, and teaching of Jesus Christ and of the implications of this revelation. Proceeding from the Catholic intellectual tradition and incorporating perspectives of other Christian traditions, this study aims to present theology as a striving for the harmony of faith and reason. Through critical study and reflection, students are introduced to specific concepts, terminology, and methodologies needed to participate well in on-going theological dialogue. Students have the opportunity to apply and reflect on their knowledge in written work, presentations, service-learning, community service, and/or retreat experiences.

    Mathematical Reasoning 3 cr
    English Composition 3 cr
    Communications 3 cr
    Ethical Reasoning 3 cr

    Areas of Critical Reasoning (15 Credits)

    Theological Study 3 cr
    *Creative Reasoning – includes Art, Literature, Music, Writing 3 cr
    +Humanistic Reasoning – Philosophy, History, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, Religious Studies 3cr
    **Social Scientific Reasoning – includes Psychology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Communications, Anthropology and Archaeology 3 cr
    ++Scientific Reasoning – includes Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Geology, Astronomy 3 cr

    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.


    Experimental work correlating with the theory of CHE 401/CHE 402 Physical Chemistry I/II and CHE 301 Instrumentation Analysis. Applications of modern instruments to the detection and identification of chemical elements, compounds, and properties. Experimental determination of thermodynamic, kinetic, and quantitative measurements of chemical systems with an interdisciplinary focus.


    Arranged research project under the guidance of department faculty in the first of two courses. Students refine research methods and experimental design, including data collection, and complete initial sections of the final written report.


    Arranged research project under the guidance of department faculty in the second of two courses. Students refine research methods and experimental design, including data collection, and complete initial sections of the final written report.

    Research seminars, reviews of professional scientific literature, and research proposals presented by science majors, faculty members, and/or guest speakers.

    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.


    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.

    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 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.

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    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.

    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 Marian University Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program, you will gain valuable knowledge emphasizes research and analysis, 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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    John Morris, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor & Chair of Natural Sciences
    Chemistry Department