Humans are part of a chemical world. The cells that make up our bodies, the foods we eat, the medicines we take, the clothes we wear, and the homes we live in are all composed of chemical substances.
The B.A. in chemistry at Marian University enables you to examine the composition and structure of chemicals at atomic and molecular levels. You will learn what substances are made of and how chemistry improves quality of life and makes our world a better place.
As a Chemistry major, you will also build a firm academic foundation in the humanities, combining science courses with an exploration of the liberal arts.
Upon graduation as a Chemistry major, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers that require broad chemistry and scientific knowledge, strong analytical abilities, good communication and collaboration skills, and a strong understanding of people.
The B.A. in chemistry at Marian University is excellent preparation for careers in fields that draw upon chemistry and science, including the health professions, education, and business.
It is appropriate for students who want to work in scientific and technological business enterprises in which a general knowledge of chemistry would be of benefit. It is also appropriate for students who want to teach, work in government or public service roles, and health professions like physical or occupational therapy that require one-on-one interactions with people of all ages and backgrounds.
With a B.A. in chemistry, you'll graduate with knowledge and skills that make you an attractive job candidate for positions that require both an understanding of science and an understanding of human behavior.
Compared to the B.S. in chemistry, this program provides you with more flexibility to pursue diverse interests, like foreign language, art, psychology, global studies, and other humanities that will help you broaden your perspectives and way of viewing the world.
Another important difference is that the B.S. in chemistry may be a better choice if you want to work as a research or laboratory chemist, pursue a graduate degree in chemistry, apply for medical school, or work as a professional engineer.
The 128-credit Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry degree curriculum includes general education, core, required, and elective courses that will give you a good understanding of chemistry concepts and theories.
Courses are sequenced to provide you with early foundational knowledge in chemistry, progressively building upon what you’ll learn through your last semester. You’ll start with 100-level courses that teach you the fundamentals of general chemistry and physics. You’ll complete at least 34 credits in chemistry at or above CHE 151.
Required courses include:
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The B.A. in chemistry degree leads toward a range of careers which require knowledge of chemistry and science, but in which you are more likely to work with people than work behind a microscope in a laboratory or research setting.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), examples of career paths, including employment projections and median salaries, you could pursue include:
Talk with your admission counselor and academic advisor about your career interests and goals. We’ll help you put together a personal plan of study that prepares you for the career of your dreams.
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