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.
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 outcomes for the Chemistry program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
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 core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.
Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Courses with one or more pre- or co-requisites are listed in the course description.
- CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
- CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
- CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
- CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
- CHEM 116S General Chemistry II SoLVE
- CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
- CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
- CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II
- CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
- CHEM 2XX Chemistry Seminar I ~
- CHEM 2XX Chemistry Seminar II ~
- CHEM XXX Mathematics for Physical Chemistry ~
- CHEM 3XX Chemistry Seminar III ~
- CHEM 3XX Chemistry Seminar IV ~
- CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
- CHEM 310L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
- CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry
- CHEM 320L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
- BIOCH 327 Biochemistry
- CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
- CHEM 431L Physical Chem: Quantum Mechanics Lab
- CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
- CHEM 432L Physical Chem: Thermodynamics Lab
Select two of the following three interdisciplinary laboratory options:
- CHEM 3XXL Interdisciplinary Lab: Analytical Chemistry/Forensic Science ~
- CHEM 3XXL Interdisciplinary Lab: Biochemistry/Physical Chemistry ~
- CHEM 3XXL Interdisciplinary Lab: Physical Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry ~
Select two CHEM electives+ selected from the following list
- CHEM 330 Advanced Organic Chem
- CHEM 330L Advanced Organic Chem Laboratory
- CHEM 340 Medicinal and Drug Chemistry
- CHEM 365 Independent Lab Research in Chemistry
- CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis
- CHEM 410L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
- BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry
~Course under development
+ Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level Chemistry elective
- CHEM 450 Research Capstones
- CHEM 460 Research Capstones
- CHEM 460H Research Capstones
- CHEM 455 Internship Capstones
- CHEM 465 Internship Capstones:
- 465H Internship Capstones
- BIO 113 General Biology I*
- BIO 113L General Biology Laboratory
- MATH 220 Calculus I*
- MATH 221 Calculus II*
- PHIL 415 Professional Ethics*
- PHYS 215 Physics I with Calculus*
- PHYS 216 Physics II with Calculus*
- SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar
Tracks & Minors
Tracks and Minors
A minor is available in Chemistry. 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. Please see the Chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.
B.S. to M.S. Option
The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a 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. Students must formally apply for entrance into this B.S. to M.S. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor.
B.S. to MAT Option
The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in Chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degrees in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Students must formally apply for entrance into this B.S. to MAT option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor. Candidates who successfully complete the MAT program and associated educational exams (Praxis) are eligible for teacher certification in Maryland and in states with reciprocal agreements with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) in the areas of Secondary Chemistry Education.
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.
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
• Research Chemist
Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.