Bachelor's in Chemistry


Program Description

The Hope College Department of Chemistry is recognized internationally for its excellence, undergraduate research and the accomplishments of its graduates and faculty.

At Hope, you get the chance to take courses in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology and do real-world research with our award-winning faculty. As a student, you’ll enjoy small class sizes and state-of-the-art facilities, and join the ranks of successful alumni when you graduate.


We offer an ACS-certified chemistry major with an optional emphasis in biochemistry (B.S.), a chemistry major (B.S. or B.A.), a chemistry education major and minor, and chemistry minor options. Whether you plan to pursue a Ph.D., medical school, and health professions, education or work in the chemical industry, our program will prepare you for success.

Degree program

With five majors and three minors, the chemistry department allows you to tailor your studies to your specific career goals — whether you hope to pursue dentistry, chemical engineering or environmental science.

Our students graduate with a very high success rate when applying to grad schools and professional programs. Studying chemistry and biochemistry at Hope gives you the best of both worlds — a liberal arts education that offers smaller class sizes, and a large, diverse faculty with a well-equipped laboratory equal to what you’d find at a larger university. Plus, our research program was the first of its kind to offer student/faculty collaboration. You’ll find that you’re well-prepared for medical, dental or veterinary doctoral programs if you choose biochemistry, and your options are wide-ranging with a chemistry degree.

We offer degrees that are certified through national scientific organizations — including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). In fact, our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major was one of the first in the nation to be accredited by the ASBMB.


  • ACS Certified Chemistry Major (B.S.)
  • ACS Certified Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with Biochemistry Emphasis
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major (B.S.)
  • Chemistry Major (B.S. or B.A.)
  • Chemistry Education Major


  • Biochemistry Minor
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Chemistry Education Minor


We offer courses in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology taught by internationally recognized faculty.

We offer a curriculum that heavily emphasizes research and hands-on experience. As a student in our department, you’ll enjoy our small class size and the opportunity to use our well-equipped, state-of-the-art facilities on a regular basis. You’ll take sequences of both lecture and laboratory courses to graduate with an advanced practical understanding of chemistry.

As a first-year chemistry student, you’ll need to take one of three options to start your program:

  • Introduction to Biological Chemistry
  • General Chemistry I and II (two-semester sequence)
  • Accelerated General Chemistry (one semester)
  • Incoming first-year students with a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry Exam may take Organic Chemistry I and II.

After graduation

Our students have their pick of top graduate schools throughout the country or the opportunity to be placed in the field within six months of graduating.

Our grads have become agricultural chemists, chemical engineers, environmental scientists, metallurgists, technical writers and wine chemists — and those are just a few examples. Having a degree in chemistry or biochemistry sets you up with a wide variety of skill sets, and having a degree from Hope gives you access to more opportunities than you can imagine.

Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled.

Hope College is a private, Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. Read less