The Chemistry Program at Alderson Broaddus University is designed to provide students with a solid and broad foundation on which they base their careers. Chemistry can no doubt be regarded as a fascinating field in science because it is so fundamental to our daily life. There is not a single day in our life that goes by without the “touch” of chemistry. Chemistry is often referred to as a central science as it conjoins physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and the earth and environmental sciences. In short, everything is chemical!

For a student who desires to major in chemistry, there lies ahead a world of rapidly-developing science with new applications, which constantly reach onto other fields.

Many Career Options

With science and technology changing and advancing in leaps and bounds, a significant knowledge in chemistry serves as an excellent foundation for several advanced studies. A knowledge of chemistry is often required in a number of professions including medicine, pharmacy, medical technology, nuclear medicine, molecular biology, biotechnology, pharmacology, toxicology, agriculture science, paper science, pharmaceutical science, hazardous waste management, art conservation, forensic science and patent law. Thus, a chemistry degree can be effectively combined with advanced work in other fields which may lead, for example; to become a patent lawyer along with a law degree.  Career possibilities for chemistry graduates are no doubt varied. Employment in the chemical industry where chemical commodities such as polymeric materials, pharmaceuticals, flavorings, preservatives, dyestuffs, or fragrances are developed is still the most sought after career for a chemistry graduate. Chemistry studied in the context of environment opens the door to environmental protection, land and energy conservation.

Chemical engineering, which is basically applied chemistry, deals with design, manufacture, and operation of machines and instruments to convert raw materials into products and to carry out reactions on a large scale in an efficient environment-friendly way. Chemical engineers apply their chemistry knowledge to supplement the engineering discipline. Thus, having a master’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering opens up far more options. A terminal degree, such as a Ph.D. offers an open option to design and develop one’s own research program.

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry combined with biology is also an ideal pre-medicine degree. A chemistry background will be helpful in medical school when studying biochemistry, endocrinology, physiology, microbiology, and pharmacology. Chemistry is also an excellent major for students planning careers in other health professions such as pharmacy, dentistry, optometry and veterinary medicine. All of these professional programs require chemistry for admission.

And who can ever ignore the possibilities of teaching chemistry in schools and colleges? The list of career options for chemistry graduates can never be stated as “complete”. A versatile branch in science, chemistry trains students with analytical, logical, verbal and mathematical skills. These skills are essential in any job. Intellectually challenged, a chemistry graduate is highly-valued and well-rewarded.

Personal and Individual Attention 

Because of the small class size, students receive close personal attention and guidance from distinguished faculty members, whom the students eventually come to know as teachers, researchers, mentors, advisors and friends. At Alderson Broaddus, the student can be assured to be able to use any of the facilities required for his or her study. While larger schools may boast more equipment, most of which is reserved for research and graduate students. The laboratories at Alderson Broaddus have the essential pieces of equipment for the student to learn and successfully enter the work world or fields of advanced study.

Undergraduate Research Experience

Students gain valuable research experience at Alderson Broaddus University that will help them in obtaining acceptance into graduate and professional schools. The student may also be able to obtain financial summer support for research funded by grants from the Appalachian College Association and other agencies.

A Tradition of Excellence

Alderson Broaddus University is well known for excellence in preparing science and health care professionals. More than half of the students who graduate from Alderson Broaddus University are enrolled in medically-related programs such as Physician’s Assistant and Nursing, or in other science based programs. Alderson Broaddus graduates also have an outstanding record of acceptance into professional schools of their interest, such as medical and dental school, and to programs of advanced study in graduate schools.

Opportunities for Distinction

Students at Alderson Broaddus University have many opportunities for distinction in their study with the excellent faculty of the College of Science, Technology and Mathematics. With relatively small class sizes and opportunities for advanced research embedded with guidance from excellent faculty, it can be asserted that a student at Alderson Broaddus is exposed to the best features which are not standard in larger universities.

Required Courses:

 Course #Credit HoursCourse Name
_____CHEM 2004General Chemistry I*
_____CHEM 2104General Chemistry II
_____CHEM 2154Inorganic Chemistry
_____CHEM 2504Analytical and Instrumental Methods
_____CHEM 3104Organic Chemistry I
_____CHEM 3114Organic Chemistry II
_____CHEM 3154Physical Chemistry
_____CHEM 3504Instrumental Analysis and Design
_____CHEM 3054Principles of Biohemistry
ORCHEM 3704Biochemistry
_____CSCI 1343Introduction to Computers*
_____MATH 1413Trigonometry*
_____MATH 1513Pre-Calculus
_____MATH 2314Calculus I
_____MATH 2513Statistics
_____NSCI 3611Research Methods I
_____NSCI 3621Research Methods II
_____NSCI 4611Senior Research Project
_____PHYS 2214General Physics I
_____PHYS 2224General Physics II

An elective minor is required (minimum 14 semester hours) to be approved by the advisor and the Dean of the College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics as contributing to the student’s career goals. While any of the approved minors listed in the Academic Program Manual can, in principle, be taken, those in the College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics plus Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and all the Business minors from the College of Business and Management as well as the School of Education would certainly be appropriate for careers that chemists have historically chosen.

Foreign Language: Not required, but at least one semester of German is recommended for students anticipating graduate study in chemistry

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet * Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements

Among requirements for graduation, the student must have a 2.00 average in the major and successfully complete a research project.