Study the Building Blocks of Life with a Degree in Chemistry
Have you ever considered becoming a chemist? This career field can give you the opportunity to work in a variety of fields and environments. You could potentially work for the government, in a laboratory, in agriculture, forensics, or even cosmetics. Maybe you’ll become a physician, pharmacist, or toxicologist. With our Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, our desire is that you are job-ready and prepared as you enter the workforce.
The exciting thing about studying chemistry is that it allows you to pursue careers in multiple fields where you can make a positive impact. With a degree in chemistry, you could become better equipped to impact agriculture through the development of better pesticides and processes or create a new drug that benefits the whole of society. Our chemistry program is well suited for both students who are planning on going into industry and those who are thinking about pursuing further study at the graduate level.
Whether you plan on studying medicine to become a doctor, getting a PhD in Chemistry, or working in industry, Liberty’s chemistry program can help prepare you for your next step.
So what are you waiting for? There are problems in the field of chemistry that can be solved by someone like you – someone who is excited and passionate. With our degree, you can combine that passion with knowledge and training to help you start making an impact in whatever field you choose.
At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among Niche.com’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.
Why Choose Liberty’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry?
Our desire is to provide you with a degree that is flexible, challenging, and exciting as well as provide the resources you need to be successful. Our chemistry degree combines an exemplary curriculum with top resources and hands-on experience to help prepare you for your future in a chemistry-related career.
One of our most exciting and valuable resources is our professors. These men and women are professionals in their field who have years of experience in chemistry, biology, and the medical field. Additionally, each of them has advanced degrees in related fields. They are here to support, mentor, train, and guide you while you’re studying with us.
Another great resource available to you is the hands-on experience you’ll receive. Nearly all our chemistry courses have associated labs. That means the information you’re learning in the classroom will also be practiced in a lab. You can be better prepared to go on to graduate school or start laboratory work upon graduation with experience like this.
What is a Chemistry Degree Like?
A degree in chemistry provides a rigorous course of study that is challenging and engaging. You will study a variety of courses ranging from biology to mathematics. As you proceed through the major, you will take courses like analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and instrumental analysis. These courses will combine theory and praxis, providing you with a comprehensive chemistry education.
In between your chemistry courses, you will find yourself taking theology courses, Bible courses, and other general education classes. In addition, you can also connect with professors and students. At Liberty, you will be able to attend community groups and Campus Community on Wednesday evenings, sporting events, and Convocation – the largest weekly gathering of Christian young people.
A degree in chemistry is a rewarding and practical degree that can help set you apart from the competition. Liberty seeks to partner with you as you begin your chemistry journey.
What Will You Learn in Our Chemistry Degree?
At Liberty, we believe in providing you with the best degree program that can help prepare you for your future. That’s why we’ve included course and lab work in our chemistry degree that can help equip you for your career or to apply to graduate school.
Our labs are designed so that you can apply your knowledge in the classroom in a meaningful way. The most exciting thing about chemistry is that the degree is incredibly dynamic. With strong analytical skills and the ability to deduce information based on empirical data, you can become better equipped to make decisions for corporations like Dow Chemical or Monsanto Company. There are many career opportunities for chemistry majors, and at Liberty, you can begin to explore what these careers may look like and what you may be doing through obtaining skills like spectral analysis and distinguishing chemical reactions and their products.
Throughout this degree, you can receive an in-depth understanding of chemistry concepts by taking courses like:
- Analytical Chemistry
- Biochemistry I
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Instrumental Analysis
- Organic Chemistry I
- Physical Chemistry I
- Special Topics in Chemistry
View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information on what you’ll be studying!
CHEM 301 – Organic Chemistry I
This course provides a study of alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, optical activity, stereochemistry, substitution and elimination reactions, and ring systems.
CHEM 321 – Analytical Chemistry
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- An introduction to analytical chemistry
- An introduction to instrumental methods, including spectrophotometry, chromatography, and potentiometric methods
- Evaluation of data, gravimetric, and titrimetric analysis
CHEM 461 – Physical Chemistry I
You will learn about real and ideal gases, thermodynamics, kinetics, changes of state, solutions, phase equilibria, chemical equilibria, and electrochemistry.
CHEM 471 – Inorganic Chemistry
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- A study of inorganic chemistry, including symmetry, structure, and bonding
- A survey of the descriptive chemistry of the elements
Highlights of Our Chemistry Degree
- Labs are associated with nearly every course in the Department of Biology and Chemistry, giving you hands-on experience in your field before graduation.
- Your courses and labs are taught by faculty with real-life experience and advanced degrees.
- Classes are taught from a biblical worldview while also acknowledging other theories regarding earth’s origins for a well-rounded education.
- There are many opportunities to be involved in research projects with faculty as an undergraduate student.
- The medical school acceptance rate is over 80% for graduates of the Department of Biology and Chemistry.
- Our students’ average MCAT score is above the national average.
Bachelor’s in Chemistry Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Chemistry Graduates
Many career opportunities in this field will require additional education beyond a bachelor’s degree.
- Analytical chemist
- Chemical laboratory technician
- Chemical/pharmaceutical laboratory supervisor
- Chemistry teacher*
- Computational/theoretical Chemist
- Cosmetic scientist
- Dietary scientist
- Environmental scientist
- Forensic chemist/scientist
- Government chemist
*Teacher certification needed
- Laboratory analyst
- Principal researcher in chemistry
- Production chemist
- Quality assurance representative
- Regulatory agent
- Research assistant
- Scientific author
Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees
Every application is reviewed by the admission committee on a case-by-case basis, meaning there are no set minimums for acceptance. However, all applicants must submit the following documents* for admission:
- Admission application
- Official high school transcripts
- Official college transcripts (if applicable)
- SAT, ACT, or CLT scores (Liberty University is offering test-optional admission through Fall 2023 acceptance)
- Admission essay
*Note that additional documentation may be requested by the admission committee after your application has been received.