Chemistry is a central field of study that finds broad applicability in the physical and biological sciences. Coursework in chemistry exposes students to concepts and frameworks for understanding the chemical principles of varied systems. Students are encouraged to think independently, to approach problems creatively and skillfully, and to evaluate data and hypotheses critically. Experimental design, modern laboratory techniques, and data analysis are emphasized. In addition to instructional courses, students are encouraged to undertake independent research projects and internships to experience the thrills and struggles of experimental science while also earning academic credit.
The applied chemistry major provides students with a theoretical basis for understanding chemical systems of many types. It also places a heavy emphasis on practical laboratory skills, interdisciplinary problem solving, and original research. The applied chemistry major is designed to prepare students for employment in chemical analysis, for teaching careers, for graduate study in chemistry or related fields, or any career requiring advanced problem-solving skills. Additionally, students may use the applied chemistry major to prepare for professional degrees such as those in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other allied health fields. Students interested in science advocacy can use the applied chemistry major to prepare for law school.
Major: Applied chemistry
Minor: Environmental Chemistry
Related Minor: Allied health fields, law
Research is a highly desirable component of the curriculum for applied chemistry majors. Many upper-level courses have research components, and all majors will complete at least one semester of original laboratory research before graduating. Research experience is highly valued by potential employers and graduate programs. Interested students should contact chemistry faculty to discuss potential projects and opportunities.
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