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Learn the theory and practice for a career in chemistry.

Study the matter that makes up the world in which we live, work, learn, and play.

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    Bachelor of Science

    Chemistry is the central science essential for a complete understanding of the physical world.  In selecting Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, you will progress from basic to advanced topics, and you may choose from an array of elective courses based on personal interests and career goals. Stevenson University's Chemistry program, planned in accordance with the requirements of the American Chemical Society (ACS), offers you a broad selection of courses and provides an excellent background for any scientific, technological or professional career. You will engage in laboratory work and research throughout the curriculum. With modern instrumentation and facilities, we foster your development of excellent laboratory and analytical skills, preparing you for a wide variety of exciting career possibilities.  

    Students receiving their bachelor's degree in Chemistry may continue on to receive their Master of Arts in Teaching from Stevenson, or pursue both a bachelor's in Chemistry and master's in Forensic Science through the university's B.S. to M.S. Option.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Apply knowledge of chemical principles to the understanding of the world at a molecular level.
    • Plan, design, and safely execute and interpret scientific experiments using the scientific method.
    • Communicate scientific knowledge in clear notebook entries, laboratory reports and poster presentations.
    • Critically evaluate scientific discovery for its scientific merit and in terms of its ethical, societal, and global implications using knowledge of chemical principles.
    • Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Chemistry program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study Chemistry?

    With the support of your faculty advisor and your professors, you will have numerous options for putting your chemistry education to use. SU Chemistry graduates have chosen to seek employment in the chemical and biotechnology industries, to pursue graduate study in chemistry, or to engage in further education in professional schools such as pharmacy school or medical school. Many of our students have elected to pursue both a bachelor's in Chemistry and master's in Forensic Science through the university's B.S. to M.S. Option. Students may also continue their education at Stevenson in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. 

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar
    BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics 
    BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics
    BIOCH 327 Biochemistry
    BIOCH 345L Integrative Laboratory I
    CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
    CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II
    CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    CHEM 213 Electronic Literature Searching
    CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry
    CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
    CHEM 313 Career Development in Chemistry
    CHEM 346L Integrative Laboratory II
    CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
    CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
    MATH 220 Calculus I
    MATH 221 Calculus II
    PHYS 215 Physics I with Calculus
    PHYS 216 Physics II with Calculus
    SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences

    ~Course under development

    Senior Capstone Experiences (Select One):
    CHEM 450, 460 or 460H Sr. Research Capstone in Chemistry
    CHEM 455, 465, or 465H Sr. Internship Capstone in Chemistry

    ++ Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level chemistry elective

    Chemistry electives

    BIOCH 362 Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry
    BIOCH 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry
    BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry
    CHEM 330 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    CHEM 340 Medicinal and Drug Chemistry
    CHEM 362 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry
    CHEM 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry
    CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    A minor in Chemistry is available. A student wishing to take any Chemistry course for the Chemistry minor must meet the prerequisite(s) for the particular course. Student must take six courses that count in the Chemistry major, excluding seminar and one or two credit courses. Students majoring in Biochemistry may not earn a minor in Chemistry. Please see the chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

    BS/MS Option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in Forensic Science in the Chemistry or Crime Scene Investigation track. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degrees in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into this BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors.

    Please see the Forensic Sciences section of the catalog for more information.

    BS/MAT Option

    The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in Chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. Please see Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.

    Articulation Agreement

    University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    The Department of Chemistry has an articulation agreement with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. This is for a dual-degree undergraduate-professional program (3+4) leading to a bachelor's in Chemistry from Stevenson University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of MD School of Pharmacy. Under the conditions of this agreement, students attend Stevenson for three years taking courses specified by the articulation agreement. Then, if they are accepted into the pharmacy program at the University of Maryland, several of the courses in their first year at the School of Pharmacy will substitute for Stevenson courses. This will allow the students in this program to get a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Stevenson when they complete their first year at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Please see the chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information.

    Last Updated: 03/01/2016

What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Chemistry program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Food Scientist
• Forensic Scientist
• Pharmaceutical Chemist
• Pharmacist
• Research Chemist
• Teacher

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