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Chemistry, ACS Certified Concentration, B.S.

Chemistry is central to many scientific fields of study and chemists are involved in solving in the world's greatest challenges such as climate change, disease, and clean energy. At MTSU you'll build a strong background in the traditional areas of chemistry — analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical mentored research and internship courses, and plenty of electives to choose from, such as computational, environmental, medicinal, and polymer chemistry.

This degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Following this curriculum, students get a broad and deep background in chemistry. A degree in Chemistry prepares students to think critically and creatively as effective problem solvers. Graduates can expect to find employment in a wide variety of fields. The ACS-accredited degree is recommended for students intending to pursue graduate degrees (Ph.D.), top-level professional degrees (medical, dental), or lucrative industry or government lab jobs.

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The game changer

Students choosing to study science at MTSU likely will get to learn and work in a new $147 million facility representing the state's largest capital investment in higher education. The science building comprises 37 class laboratories, two open labs, 13 research labs, six classrooms, some 1,500 student stations in labs and classrooms, chemistry and biology faculty and staff offices, numerous informal learning areas, and space for student presentations. Opportunities for pursuing exciting programs in science are greater than ever.

Welcome to the club

Jordan Dodson is the latest chemistry student to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, the award will contribute $15,000 over two years to help Dodson, a sophomore when he received the honor, in the pursuit of his academic and career goals. Dodson joins a growing list of Goldwater Scholars, including Evan Matthew Craig, Heidi Klumpe, and alumnus Taylor Barnes, MTSU's first Goldwater recipient in 2007.

News Briefs

The game changer

Students choosing to study science at MTSU likely will get to learn and work in a new $147 million facility representing the state's largest capital investment in higher education. The science building comprises 37 class laboratories, two open labs, 13 research labs, six classrooms, some 1,500 student stations in labs and classrooms, chemistry and biology faculty and staff offices, numerous informal learning areas, and space for student presentations. Opportunities for pursuing exciting programs in science are greater than ever.

Welcome to the club

Jordan Dodson is the latest chemistry student to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, the award will contribute $15,000 over two years to help Dodson, a sophomore when he received the honor, in the pursuit of his academic and career goals. Dodson joins a growing list of Goldwater Scholars, including Evan Matthew Craig, Heidi Klumpe, and alumnus Taylor Barnes, MTSU's first Goldwater recipient in 2007.

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To study chemistry is to prepare for any number of careers, many of which do not necessarily involve lab coats and flasks. Examples include

  • Agricultural scientist
  • College professor
  • Crime lab analyst
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Food scientist technician
  • Forensic chemist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Product tester
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Science lab technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Water purification chemist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aegis Sciences
  • Baxter BioScience
  • Belcher Pharmaceuticals
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Liquidia Technologies
  • Merck Pharmaceutical
  • Pfizer
  • Specialized Assays
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital
  • TBI Crime Laboratory
  • University Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt University

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