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School ofSciences

Chemistry (BS)

A degree in Chemistry will open many doors to you whether in or out of the lab. You will be qualified for a career in chemistry or biochemistry research, or receive a pre-med, pre-pharmacy, or pre-forensic chemistry degree. Our program is approved by the American Chemical Society.

Program Highlights

  • Courses in all major areas of chemistry: organic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, forensic chemistry, and polymer chemistry
  • State-of-the-art labs dedicated to:
    • Analytical chemistry
    • Biochemistry
    • Engineering chemistry
    • Inorganic chemistry
    • Instrumentation
    • Organic chemistry lab with 18 hoods (one for each student in the lab)
    • Physical chemistry
    • The Principles of Chemistry sequence
  • Tutoring by fellow students

What You’ll Study

The Chemistry major requires 122 credit hours. You’ll take CBU general education and liberal arts courses, School of Science Support Requirements, plus courses in:

  • Principles of chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry

The academic catalog lists all course requirements for this program.

Chemistry Minor

The School of Sciences offers a minor in Chemistry that requires 23 credit hours, including 7 credits in upper-level chemistry course work.


A degree in Chemistry can lead to the following careers:

  • Analytical chemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Healthcare scientist, clinical chemist
  • Forensic scientist/ FBI
  • Teacher
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Research scientist
  • Science communication
  • Quality control and assurance
  • Toxicologist
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Environmental management
  • Cheminformatics
  • Regulatory affairs (government)
  • Pharmaceutical and chemical sales

In addition, Chemistry majors go on to graduate programs in chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, and other health-related fields.


Chemistry faculty provide the individual attention and support you need to succeed in this course of study.

Clubs and Organizations

You will enjoy a variety of activities as a member of our student chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Is a Chemistry Major for You?

If you have interests in any of the following areas, a Chemistry major may be for you:

  • Lab experimentation
  • Problem solving
  • Research
  • Industry
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Optometry
  • Forensic science
  • Teaching

Contact Us

Dr. Dennis L. Merat, chair
(901) 321-4201

Next Steps

Ready to take the next step toward becoming a CBU student?
Schedule a visit, request more information, or apply online.