The goals of the Chemistry Department are to lead students to (a) demonstrate an understanding of the chemical principles from the primary fields of chemistry; (b) express chemical principles using models, equations and oral and written communication; (c) acquire skills in modern professional laboratory techniques; (d) apply chemical principles to other areas of the natural sciences; (e) practice acceptable work ethics for the field of chemistry, including environmental concern and societal impact; and (f) demonstrate the ability to assess models for the integration of chemical science with the Christian faith.

Examples of some typical vocational goals of a chemistry major include (a) obtaining training for an immediate career in laboratory analysis; (b) obtaining a liberal arts emphasis to use the chemistry background in areas such as business or social science; (c) obtaining a foundation for graduate studies in chemical research; (d) obtaining a foundation for studies in medicine or pharmacy; or (e) preparing for secondary science teaching. Students may design a chemistry major to include several of the above career options.

All chemistry majors will take a common chemistry core consisting of CH 161/L, 162/L, 263/L, 264/L, 331/L, 333/L, 361/L, and 371/L; PH 211/L and 212/L; and MA 171 and 172.

Students who choose chemistry as a major in the bachelor of science degree complete the common chemistry core; CH 411, 441, 451 and 491; and one of the following tracks. Students who select the professional track complete PH 261; MA 273 and 371. Students who select the biochemistry track complete BI 161/L, 321/L and 462/L. (Students who choose to pursue the pre-med program are encouraged to complete the biochemistry track.)

Students who select chemistry as a major in the bachelor of arts degree complete the common chemistry core. 

Students who complete a bachelor of science degree in chemistry education can be licensed in Indiana to teach science in middle school settings and chemistry in high school settings. To complete this program, students complete the common chemistry core, BI 161/L and the education courses required for teacher licensing (refer to the Department of Education). Chemistry education students may wish to prepare to teach an additional content area by also completing a biology or mathematics minor and the appropriate state content-area examination.

The University minor in chemistry requires CH 161/L, 162/L, 263/L, 264/L, 331/L; and four to six hours from CH 333/L, 361/L, 371/L, 411 and 441.

Chemistry majors and minors must demonstrate satisfactory mathematics placement scores prior to enrolling in their intended chemistry, mathematics or physics courses (see Mathematics Placement Testing Policy).


Pre-medical students are advised to major in chemistry or biology with substantial coursework in both, as well as electives in other areas of the liberal arts. Recommended coursework for pre-medical and health professions is listed under Degrees and Programs, Pre-Medical Study.

Environmental Science Minor

Students interested in adding an environmental science minor may refer to the description in the Department of Biology.

Forensic Science Minor

Students interested in adding a forensic science minor may refer to the description in the Department of Biology.


Courses in Chemistry