In contemporary society, it is evident that the science of chemistry is no longer confined to the research laboratory, but is exerting a profound impact on social, political, and economic decisions at the local, national, and international levels. Chemistry is the recognized physical basis for the biological and psychological sciences and is important in every effort of our industrialized society. Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry wishing to pursue a career in the chemical profession can find positions in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, laboratory technology, or the environmental sciences. Undergrad students planning to work in these fields are encouraged to consider the Bachelor’s program in Chemistry with appropriate minors in other disciplines for their preparatory work.
The Department of Natural and Physical Sciences welcomes partnerships with appropriate businesses and government agencies to place students who want to explore chemistry career options in Kansas City into internship positions in their major or a related field. The Department of Natural and Physical Sciences actively encourages students to work in such internship positions in Kansas City or beyond and considers internships to be an integral part of the curriculum.
The mission of the chemistry program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills in laboratory and in theory in order to communicate technical information in the written and verbal form. Students will be able to think critically, analytically, ethically and be problem solvers in real life situations. Chemistry students will be able to go on for further education and successfully find suitable careers.
The BA or BS program in Chemistry prepares the students for immediate employment, or graduate and professional school.
Excellent courses are offered in the field of Organic, Physical, Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry. Students can choose courses according to their interest. Our small faculty/student ratio (1:14) helps to establish good one-on-one interactions.
Informal class discussions and participation allow students to gain confidence and develop skills needed in the working world. The instrumentation and laboratory techniques make students more versatile. Students seeking a chemistry major may opt to add a minor or second major in a complimentary area such as Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science or Business Administration.
- Instrumentation and Laboratory Methods: GC-MS, SCF, AA, UV-Vis, GC, HPLC, IR, ICP. Extractions, chromatography, titrations, wet sample analysis, organic synthesis, and qualitative analysis.
- Computer: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Internet Research, Medline Search, Molecular Modeling.
- Communication: learn to give scientific and professional presentations in our colloquium and professional writing courses.
- Research: Work within the discipline of chemistry or do inter-disciplinary research under the supervision of Park faculty.
A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry can prepare you for a career or graduate studies in the following areas:
- Allied Health
- Environmental Chemistry
- Forensic Science
- Veterinary Medicine