Chemistry Major

Chemistry is important to anyone seeking a career in the sciences.

Study chemistry and gain insights into the chemical nature of the world’s problems and how to solve them. Improve your critical thinking skills and content-based knowledge. This program will prepare you for a diverse career in forensics, teaching, research or health care. Many students continue their education in graduate school.

Why study chemistry at the College of Charleston?

You will learn in a hands-on environment. You'll use state-of-the-art facilities. At the College of Charleston, undergraduate research is a priority. You will work closely with faculty on topics like analysis and synthesis of drugs, nanomaterials, proteins and spectroscopy. You may take courses like the science of wine, environmental chemistry and material science.

What will I learn?

No matter which degree type you choose, you'll study and deepen your knowledge of chemistry. Work alongside faculty to conduct hands-on research. You'll gain experience in the safe practice of chemistry.

Chemistry, B.S.
The B.S. degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Study all major divisions of chemisrty: organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry and physical chemistry. 

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Chemistry, B.A.
Whether or not you want to pursue chemistry as a profession, you can still study this subject. With the B.A., you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals. After you complete the required coursework, choose from a list of exciting electives including topics like inorganic, biochemistry, analytical and environmental chemsitry. 

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Program Highlights

You will join a supportive yet challenging environment where you'll benefit from accomplished faculty, dedicated staff and state-of-the-art facilities. Be part of a culture that emphasizes experiential learning through mentored research.
  • Hands-On Learning

    This program allows you the flexibility to personalize your education. You'll take a mix of hands-on laboratory and theoretical classes. You'll have the opportunity to take part in research and present your research at professional conferences. You may even publish your work in a scientific research journal.

    Internship Opportunities

    Work with your professors to find opportunities for internships and mentorship. Gain experience during the school year for credit. Pursue paid opportunities during the summer.

    Study Abroad
    Spend a semester in Germany through our partnership with Aalen University. You can also study environmental chemistry abroad during a summer program in Ecuador.
  • Senior Project

    During your senior year, you can complete a year-long project called a Bachelor's Essay. You will conduct research with a faculty advisor. You may present your work both on and off campus. Past students' projects have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

  • Location

    Our proximity to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) makes it possible for you to work with researchers there for academic credit. MUSC is only a few blocks away from campus. 

    You can also intern with local companies in chemical industry. Local organizations that hire chemists and materials scientists include the following: 

    • Ingevity
    • The Gel Group
    • Actalent
    • LGC
    • Alcami Corporation

Careers & Outcomes

Our recent students have gone on to successful careers in chemistry, medicine and related fields.
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemist
  • Data scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Food and flavor chemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Oceanographer
  • Perfumer
  • Pharmacologist
  • Scientific writer
  • Teacher
  • Toxicologist

About the Minor

A minor in chemistry will help you build a strong understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry. You will develop important laboratory experiences and critical thinking skills. You'll be prepared for graduate school or a career in medicine or a related profession.

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