Students work in science lab


Bluffton's chemistry program closely follows the guidelines set by the American Chemical Society and includes a strong emphasis in the core areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. You will take some physics and mathematics courses and if you have an interest in computers, you can take computer courses as electives.

Students have the opportunity to work with a faculty member to design a project in your area of interest. Former students have engaged in independent studies in several ongoing environmental-chemistry projects and analytical/instrumentation projects.

Students interested in pre-medicine or other health-related fields can complete a chemistry major, a biology major, both or the pre-medicine major. A Bluffton chemistry degree is a good foundation for graduate work leading to a career in chemical engineering. Students interested in teaching chemistry or physics need to pursue a physical science licensure.

Four-year plans are provided as a guideline for your course selection - chemistry major, chemistry/pre-med double major or physical science licensure (beginning odd years); chemistry major, chemistry/pre-med double major or  physical science licensure (beginning even years.)

Explore the courses required for:

Declare a major in chemistry, a minor in chemistry or physical science licensure

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