Chemistry is in and all around us. From the clothes we wear to the medicine we take, the food we eat, and the cells that make up our bodies, humans are part of a chemical universe.
How can we better understand a world in which everything that we taste, smell, and feel is made of chemical matter? By studying chemistry!
Chemistry is a scientific discipline which addresses the structure, composition, reactivity, and energetics of substances down to their very atoms and molecules. It tells us what substances are made of and how they will behave. And importantly, by understanding chemistry, we can change the world for the better.
Advances in chemistry are improving human health and well-being around the world. Those who understand chemistry are uniquely situated to address global needs—and discover, develop, and implement solutions to some of the modern world's toughest challenges.
Whether you want to practice medicine, be an engineer, teach, work in the pharmaceutical or biomedical sciences, or be a “green” (environmental) chemist, a B.S. in chemistry from Marian University will help you develop the technical and cognitive skills you need to make your career goals a reality.
As a B.S. in chemistry major at Marian, you will complete at least 128 total credits, including required general education, core, and elective courses.
Through our high-impact, experiential curriculum you’ll gain the technical and cognitive skills needed to:
You will also take courses that enable you to study and explore current trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field.
At least 60 credits focus on the chemical and physical sciences. You’ll complete courses such as:
You can also add a concentration in one of these fields to your plan of study:
Depending on whether and which concentration you chose, you’ll complete courses like:
Throughout your studies as a chemistry major, you’ll also complete a two-credit chemistry seminar and one-to-four-credit special topics in chemistry courses.
In addition, you’ll have opportunities to complete directed research and independent study courses as well as earn two to six credits through an off-campus internship in chemistry.
You’ll work closely with your academic advisor to choose required and elective courses that (1) fit your career interests and/or (2) prepare you to be a competitive candidate for admission to graduate school, if plan to continue your education in a master’s or doctoral degree program.
For full course descriptions, review our 2018-19 undergraduate course catalog.
Sample four-year plan and checklist
For some Marian students, earning a B.S. in chemistry degree is the first step in an academic journey focused on the health sciences. After earning their undergraduate chemistry degree, they apply for admission to a graduate degree program and complete advanced studies to become physicians, dentists, optometrists, and other types of professional healthcare providers.
Other chemistry majors want to work in fields like advanced manufacturing, environmental protection, or the biosciences.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) reports employment for chemists and chemical specialists typically falls into one of five categories: industry, academia, government, non-profit, or entrepreneurship.
Chemists work in a range of roles and organizations:
Among the industries that hire the most chemists:
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), examples of career paths, including employment projections and media salaries, for chemistry majors include:
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