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Learn the theory and practical application for a career in chemistry


Chemistry is one of the three basic areas that form the foundation of all science and is essential for a complete understanding of the physical world. Focusing on the study of matter, the field of chemistry includes a wide variety of basic areas ranging from the study of atoms, the chemical bond, and basic chemical reactions to the exploration of applied topics, including biochemistry, medicinal and drug chemistry, forensic science, physical and quantum chemistry, and instrumentation.

Stevenson University's chemistry program, planned in accordance with the requirements of the American Chemical Society (ACS), offers a broad selection of courses for students in chemistry and provides an excellent background for any scientific or technological career. Laboratory work and research are emphasized throughout the curriculum. With modern instrumentation and laboratory facilities, students develop excellent laboratory and analytical skills, preparing them for employment in the chemical industry, graduate study in chemistry, or a career in a variety of professional arenas, including pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.

Graduates of the Chemistry program will:

  • 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.


Earn a Minor

Lead and manage a scientific team or your own professional practice. Students majoring in Chemistry can prepare to direct projects and teams with a professional minor in Applied Management, opening doors to leadership careers in the scientific industry, clinical management, or business.

Professional Minors

Dr. Jeremy Burkett, SU Chemistry professor, demonstrates an experiment that students participate in as a part of their Chemistry courses: luminol and hydrogen peroxide.

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Chemistry Majors

Have you always looked forward to experimenting in the science lab? Have you ever wondered what the products you're using and eating really consist of? Chemistry can turn your natural curiosity into a rewarding career. Possible paths include:

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

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

Courses and Tracks


FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
BIO 112 Principles of General Biology 3 credits
BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics 3 credits
BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics 1 credit
BIOCH 327 Biochemistry 3 credits
BIOCH 345L Integrative Laboratory I 2 credits
CHEM 114 General Chemistry I with Problem Solving 3 credits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 116 General Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 213 Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry 1 credit
CHEM 221 Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 313 Career Connections in Chemistry 1 credit
CHEM 346L Integrative Laboratory II 2 credits
CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics 3 credits
CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics 3 credits
CHEM 470 Capstone Internship 3 credits
CHEM 471 Capstone Internship 6 credits
CHEM 475 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
MATH 220 Calculus I 4 credits
MATH 221 Calculus II 4 credits
PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus 4 credits
PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus 4 credits
SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences 3 credits

Note: Students choosing to take the 6-credit Capstone Internship (CHEM 471) can take one Chemistry elective.

Chemistry electives

Select two:

BIOCH 362 Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry 2 credits
BIOCH 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry 3 credits
BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry 3 credits
CHEM 203 Environmental Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 206 Herbal Medicines and Remedies 3 credits
CHEM 362 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry 2 credits
CHEM 365 Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 435 Special Topics in Chemistry 3 credits

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.


Minors and Other Options


The minor in chemistry requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a CHEM prefix. For chemistry courses with a separate lab co-requisite, both the lab and lecture for the course must be taken; however, the lab does not count as a separate course toward the minor. Please see the chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson

Other Options

Chemistry Department Honors Requirements

Eligible students majoring in chemistry may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Chemistry. The intention to pursue Chemistry Department Honors must be declared before the start of their last semester before graduation. To declare the intent to pursue department honors, a student must have earned a science/math GPA of 3.50 or higher and a plan to finish the honors requirements outlined below.

Students graduating with Chemistry Department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with department honors, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of one research experience.
  • Completion of a second research experience or a 300-400 level CHEM or BIOCH elective that is not being used to fulfill a degree requirement in the major.
  • An oral presentation of the research experience to the department.
  • A science/math GPA of 3.5 or higher at graduation.

BA Option

Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level

BS/MFS Option

The BS/MFS 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 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/MFS 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 Science section of this 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.

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Laboratory Tours

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