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Hone your critical thinking skills and build a solid foundation for a fulfilling career in science.

Shenandoah’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program prepares you for graduate studies and for a career in pharmacy, medicine, dentistry, molecular biology, environmental monitoring and control, research and development, teaching and more.

What Our Program Offers You

What our students learn/Skills you will acquire

You’ll have plenty of opportunities to participate in original research with our faculty, and you’ll learn how to approach problems using scientific methods. Through valuable hands-on experience with a variety of specialized laboratory equipment and instrumentation, you’ll sharpen your critical thinking and comprehension skills and gain scientific expertise in a supportive laboratory-based environment. 

Academic & Career Opportunities

The chemistry program is committed to integrating technology (both current and developing) into our curriculum.

A  degree (B.S.) in Chemistry will prepare you for:

  • Further studies in health-related occupations such as pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry
  • Graduate study in chemistry and related fields (such as molecular biology and environmental science)
  • Teaching in secondary schools
  • Chemistry-related positions in industry and government, including quality control, environmental control, production supervision and research and development

Throughout the program you will also gain expertise with a variety of hands-on skills and methodologies in our laboratory courses.

Course Requirements

Courses Required for the Chemistry Major

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 211 Analytical Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 317 Inorganic Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 331 Biochemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 332 Biochemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 491 Research Seminar (2 credits)
  • CHEM 492 Research Seminar (2 credits)
  • MATH 201 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (5 credits)
  • PHYS 111 College Physics I (4 credits) or PHYS 121 General Physics I (4 credits)

Total: 53 credits

Chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to take the following courses to complement their program:

  • CHEM 311 Instrumental Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 420 Advanced Synthesis and Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 202 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (5 credits)
  • PHYS 112 College Physics II (4 credits) or PHYS 122 General Physics II (4 credits)

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