Bachelor's in Chemistry


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Program Description

Chemistry Program at EMU

EMU’s chemistry and biochemistry programs provide a solid foundation in four major areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.

Examples of research projects of chemistry students and faculty at EMU are varied but have two things in common: creation care and chemistry for the common good. Students who work on a project for more than one summer typically see it through to completion and share their findings in scientific journals.

Over the past 10 years, more than 90% of EMU students who completed EMU’s pre-medical program were accepted into medical school, compared to the national average of 49%.

Globally aware scientists

Our small Christian liberal arts college educates students to serve and lead in a global context, emphasizing sustainability, peacebuilding, and community. All EMU students participate in the cross-cultural study, whether it be a semester abroad, a three-week summer experience, or an internship through our Washington Community Scholars’ Center in D.C. Global awareness is critical to success in business, medical practice, and industry.

EMU’s mission includes training scientists for work in missions, public or community health, medical care, and education in developing countries and underserved areas in North America.


State-of-the-art equipment

The chemistry department offers a wide selection of current instrumentation, including:

  • Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
  • High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
  • Gas-Liquid Chromatography
  • Infrared Spectroscopy (Fourier Transform) (FTIR)
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Spectroscopy
  • Fluorescence Spectroscopy
  • Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectroscopy


Chemistry Major

EMU’s chemistry curriculum is designed to provide a solid foundation in the major areas of chemistry – organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.

An additional aim is to provide the opportunity for research experience for the student majoring in chemistry.

Thus, EMU chemistry provides a broad chemical background suitable for entry into a wide variety of career options- from industrial plastics chemist to pharmaceutical technician- and a solid preparation for study at the graduate level in chemistry, biochemistry, or related area.

Chemistry Education

Secondary science educators are some of the most sought-after professionals on the job market today. EMU’s program in chemistry with secondary education licensure prepares students to be both well-prepared chemists and outstanding educators.

EMU’s department of education is highly respected as one of the top in the state.

Students in this program take all the requirements needed for the regular chemistry major, and also take several classes in education. In their senior year, students do a full semester of student teaching in one of the nearby school districts.


Some of the most dramatic scientific advances in recent years have been in our understanding of the biochemistry of living organisms. For instance, the phenomenal advances in molecular biology have opened door to a wide range of biomedical and agricultural applications that were not imagined several decades ago, while at the same time presenting a range of bioethical concerns.

The departments of chemistry and biology cooperate in offering students the option of concentrating their studies on this dynamic field by majoring in biochemistry. This rigorous program is geared towards giving students a fundamental knowledge in the molecular basis of biological processes.

Students take coursework involving a combination of chemistry and biology courses, culminating in a two-semester advanced biochemistry series, and including a research laboratory experience.

Recent graduates of EMU’s biochemistry program are enrolled in medical schools or in graduate programs or are working in the pharmaceutical industry.

Career Opportunities

EMU provides a broad background for the wide variety of career options open to the chemistry or biochemistry major and a solid preparation for study at the graduate level.

EMU chemistry and biochemistry graduates are now involved in a variety of activities:

  • Neurochemistry research
  • Teaching college science
  • Opening a medical practice
  • Community health worker in Central America
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • Environmental quality control
  • Malaria research in Tanzania
  • Biotechnology

Students who are interested in chemistry and a career in healthcare can major in either chemistry or biochemistry and enroll in the pre-professional health sciences program. A major in chemistry or biochemistry can launch your career in many directions. While some of these career possibilities also require graduate study, many are immediately available after graduating from EMU.

Last updated Nov 2018

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An EMU education helps students to discover their purpose in life and prepare to make a difference for the common good at home and around the world. EMU’s rigorous academics emphasize one-on-one relat ... Read More

An EMU education helps students to discover their purpose in life and prepare to make a difference for the common good at home and around the world. EMU’s rigorous academics emphasize one-on-one relationships with professors, cross-cultural awareness, care for creation, and service to others. Read less
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