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Chemistry BS

Offered by: Chemistry

The major in Chemistry at SRU will prepare you to become a chemist through a demanding, integrated program. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared to enter the job market directly or to continue your education in a graduate or professional program.

Why Choose Chemistry?

At SRU, our curriculum will provide you with the fundamental knowledge of the major fields of chemistry. You'll take courses designed to strengthen your understanding of organic, inorganic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry, creating a firm foundation upon which to specialize your studies.

Your lecture and laboratory courses will take place in modern facilities with small class sizes taught by faculty who are committed to individualized interaction. You'll conduct experiments that will give you experience with current synthetic and analytical techniques, and have opportunities to use a wide variety of instruments.

What Will You Learn?

The ACS certified special interest area will provide you with a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education. You will gain the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills necessary to become a successful chemist.

The ACS degree signifies that you have completed an integrated, demanding program, which includes introductory and foundational and in-depth coursework in chemistry and chemistry-related fields. This degree program provides you with the laboratory experience and professional skill development necessary to be an effective chemist. Your coursework will include:

  • Calculus
  • General physics
  • Research of a current topic under the direction of a faculty supervisor (which requires completion of an ACS-style written report)

Careers In Chemistry

An ACS certified degree will prepare you for a career in:

  • Academia - graduate school or research institutions
  • Art analysis and preservation
  • Business and sales
  • Drug design
  • Industrial chemistry - designing coatings, plastics, and paints, analyzing samples
  • Medicine, pharmacy, pharmacology
  • Patent law after earning a M.S. and J.D
  • Political lobbying

The career opportunities in chemistry or a chemistry-related field are varied and some require additional coursework in given areas. To allow you to pursue your interests in the chemistry field, the department offers several specialty areas within the chemistry degree program.