Overview & Academics

The CHEMISTRY program focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena. Students majoring in chemistry have plenty of hands-on work in the laboratory and are encouraged to work with faculty members on an individual research project.

Career Options

  • Materials Scientists: Analyze and oversee materials and processes related to natural resources such as paper or wood, textiles, or (Paper, Wood, Textiles, etc.)
  • Water Chemists: Analyze water systems including water supplies, waste water, and water treatment operations.
  • Teaching Chemistry in Secondary Schools: Teach the principles of chemistry to junior high or high school students. See also Middle Grades and Secondary Education programs in the NCWC Catalog for requirements pertaining to Education licensure and training.
  • Forensics: Work in cutting-edge labs to perform forensic tests on criminal evidence or participate in chemical research on developing new forensic methods.

Major Requirements

B.A. Degree
CHM 111, 112, 121, 122, 301, 302, 311, 312, 341, 342, 361, 362, 412, and one upper level lecture and lab
4 semester hours of Physics
MAT 121

B.S. Degree
CHM 111, 112, 121, 122, 301, 302, 311, 312, 341, 342, 361, 362, 412
8 semester hours in any upper level lecture and lab
PHY 211, 212, 221, 222
MAT 121
Two semester hours of independent research
(CHM 401)

Minor Requirements
CHM 111, 112, 121, 122
Four additional upper level chemistry courses including lab (24 semester hours).

Chemistry Faculty

Dr. Pamela Patterson
Professor of Chemistry
Chemistry Program Coordinator
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh