Mount Mary University’s chemistry major provides a strong undergraduate science foundation. As a chemistry major, you’ll:
- Complete undergraduate research projects
- Learn important laboratory techniques and use lab equipment such as a Gow-Mac infrared spectrometer, Hewlett-Packard 5890 capillary gas chromatograph and high-performance liquid chromatograph
- Develop creative and critical thinking skills, as well as strong leadership skills
Courses cover the five main branches of chemistry: inorganic, organic, analytical, biochemical and physical.
You can customize your degree program by choosing one of three sequences:
- General chemistry: This sequence prepares you for entry-level chemistry jobs or for graduate school after graduation. See the general chemistry curriculum sheet (PDF).
- Health sciences: Through rigorous courses, hands-on learning and test preparation, this sequence prepares you for graduate study in dentistry, medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine or veterinary science. Our graduates are well-prepared to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), Dental Admission Test (DAT) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Download the chemistry health sciences curriculum sheet for more information. Learn more about pre-professional programs.
- Chemistry education: If you wish to become a chemistry teacher, you must complete requirements for both the chemistry and education majors. When you complete the program, you will be eligible to teach chemistry or broad field science from early adolescence through adolescence (approximately grades 6 to 12). A student teaching experience is required.
Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements
Mount Mary offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree. The chemistry curriculum helps you master scientific method and the ability to organize resources to solve problems. You’ll use active learning strategies to investigate relevant topics and practice your oral and written communication skills. You’ll get opportunities to:
- Study real-life scenarios relevant to the courses you’re taking so you can apply concepts you learn in class to real-world situations and ethical situations that may arise
- Build upon your knowledge through guided inquiry exercises that help you understand complex problems and explore controversial issues
- Conduct an independent research project that helps you explore a topic of interest to you
The chemistry major requires 54-56 credits, depending on the sequence you choose. You also need to complete the university’s core curriculum requirements on the general chemistry curriculum sheet (PDF). Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF).
Some academic programs require a GPA higher than is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.
Chemistry Minor Requirements
The chemistry minor requires a minimum of 19 credits. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.
Chemistry Certificate Requirements
Mount Mary offers a post-baccalaureate certificate in general chemistry or chemistry education to women who have already completed a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about chemistry post-baccalaureate certificate requirements.