BA in Chemistry


Program Description

A Well-Respected Program

Chemistry prepares you for success in many science-related occupations. You have the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art Science Center. Companies, organizations, and institutions looking for people with hands-on experience seek Wartburg chemistry and biochemistry graduates. The department has a 100 percent placement rate. Experimentation and research are at the heart of the Wartburg chemistry program. On campus, students use modern instrumentation in coursework and individual research. Chemistry faculty members are effective teachers and advisers, and small class sizes enable faculty and students to become well acquainted.


Program Fast Facts

The chemistry major can be used to pursue professional study in:

  • Medicine
  • Laboratory Chemistry (clinical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food science, etc.)
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

Excellent Placement in Graduate and Professional Schools

You may also pursue graduate study in such areas as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic or inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, patent law, or forensic law. A number of Wartburg chemistry majors have gone on to careers in medicine.

Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry are encouraged to complete internships in industrial or university laboratories. Or, students may choose to conduct undergraduate research with Wartburg faculty members. Students have been selected for research projects at various universities funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program, as well as industrial internships in chemical safety and environmental testing laboratories.

Numerous Career Options

A chemistry or biochemistry degree can lead to a variety of occupations. You may find a position teaching chemistry in high school or middle school. You can qualify for positions in technical sales or management. You may work as a technician in industrial, state, national, and university laboratories. You may also find a career in clinical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food science, materials science, or forensic science.

Alumni Outcomes

Wartburg graduates find satisfying jobs and are admitted into top graduate and professional schools. Wartburg alumni can be found in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 foreign countries. Below is only a sample of the types of positions Wartburg graduates from the Chemistry Department have had in the past.

A sample of Alumni Positions from the Past Five Years:

  • Development Associate, The Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines
  • Graduate Research Assistant/Ph.D. Candidate
  • Mapping Specialist, Pinnacle Group, Iowa Falls
  • Graduate Student-BioMedical Studies
  • QA Scientist, Cargill, Cedar Rapids

Sample Stand-out Alumni Positions:

  • Assistant Dean, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minn.
  • Owner/Manager, Astro-Chem Lab, Inc. Williston, N.D.
  • Physician/Co-Founder, COO, Case Western Reserve University/Patient Provider, Ohio
  • President and CEO, Relationship One, Minneapolis, Minn.

Course Requirements

15½ course credits:

  • CH 113 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CH 114 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CH 211 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 212 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 217 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH 315 Quantum Chemistry
  • CH 316 Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  • CH 340 Analytical and Physical Measurements
  • CH 421 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CH 461 Science Seminar
  • MA 214 Statistical Methods
  • MA 251 Foundational Differential Calculus
  • MA 252 Foundational Integral Calculus
  • PHY 101 General Physics I and
  • PHY 102 General Physics II


  • PHY 203 Classical Physics I and
  • PHY 204 Classical Physics II

One course credit from

  • CH 371 Internship
  • CH 372 Internship
  • CH 450 Independent Study
  • CH 455 Methods of Biochemical Research and
  • CH 456 Student-Originated Research
  • CH 471 Research

One course credit from

  • CH 420 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CH 422 Advanced Analytical Chemistry


Science Center

The Science Center, completed in 2004, represents an expansion and renovation that doubled the size of Wartburg’s science facilities to over 110,000 square feet. The building is designed for hands-on learning and close interaction among students and faculty. Lecture rooms and laboratories, all with Internet access, provide state-of-the-art facilities for biology, chemistry, engineering science, physics, mathematics, and computer science classes.

The Science Center houses four computer laboratories, a greenhouse, animal facilities, molecular biology, and biochemistry suite with a cell culture room, cadaver room, indoor stream facility, student/faculty research areas, and a variety of informal student study areas. Equipment also includes three mobile computer labs, a scanning electron microscope, fluorescent microscopes, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance (N.M.R.) spectrometer, and research electromagnet. A cardio/CP stress test system is available in the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.

Last updated Jul 2018

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