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Chemistry, B.S.

Chemistry

Solve global challenges like climate change, disease, and clean energy. Get a strong foundation and diverse career opportunities.

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Chemistry, B.S.

Chemistry is central to many scientific fields of study and chemists are involved in solving in the world's greatest challenges such as climate change, disease, and clean energy.

At MTSU you'll build a strong background in the traditional areas of chemistry—analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry along with mentored research and internship courses, and plenty of electives to choose from, such as computational, environmental, medicinal, and polymer chemistry. A degree in Chemistry prepares students to think critically and creatively as effective problem solvers. Graduates can continue on to graduate or professional school or find immediate employment in a wide variety of high-demand fields, including health professions (e.g.medical, dental, pharmacy); environmental, polymer, or pharmaceutical industry; or teaching.

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The game changer

The game changer

Students choosing to study science at MTSU likely will get to learn and work in a new $147 million facility representing the state's largest capital investment in higher education. The science building comprises 37 class laboratories, two open labs, 13 research labs, six classrooms, some 1,500 student stations in labs and classrooms, chemistry and biology faculty and staff offices, numerous informal learning areas, and space for student presentations. Opportunities for pursuing exciting programs in science are greater than ever.

Welcome to the club

Welcome to the club

Jordan Dodson is the latest chemistry student to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, the award will contribute $15,000 over two years to help Dodson, a sophomore when he received the honor, in the pursuit of his academic and career goals. Dodson joins a growing list of Goldwater Scholars, including Evan Matthew Craig, Heidi Klumpe, and alumnus Taylor Barnes, MTSU's first Goldwater recipient in 2007.

News Briefs

The game changer

Students choosing to study science at MTSU likely will get to learn and work in a new $147 million facility representing the state's largest capital investment in higher education. The science building comprises 37 class laboratories, two open labs, 13 research labs, six classrooms, some 1,500 student stations in labs and classrooms, chemistry and biology faculty and staff offices, numerous informal learning areas, and space for student presentations. Opportunities for pursuing exciting programs in science are greater than ever.

Welcome to the club

Jordan Dodson is the latest chemistry student to win a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering, the award will contribute $15,000 over two years to help Dodson, a sophomore when he received the honor, in the pursuit of his academic and career goals. Dodson joins a growing list of Goldwater Scholars, including Evan Matthew Craig, Heidi Klumpe, and alumnus Taylor Barnes, MTSU's first Goldwater recipient in 2007.

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CAREERS

To study chemistry is to prepare for any number of careers, many of which do not necessarily involve lab coats and flasks. Examples include

  • Agricultural scientist
  • College professor
  • Crime lab analyst
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Food scientist technician
  • Forensic chemist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Product tester
  • Quality assurance manager
  • Science lab technician
  • Toxicologist
  • Water purification chemist

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aegis Sciences
  • Baxter BioScience
  • Belcher Pharmaceuticals
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Liquidia Technologies
  • Merck Pharmaceutical
  • Pfizer
  • Specialized Assays
  • St. Jude Children's Hospital
  • TBI Crime Laboratory
  • University Hospitals
  • Vanderbilt University

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A study of the composition and properties of matter, chemistry exists at the crossroads of geology, physics, and biology. That makes a chemistry degree a natural choice for any student who possesses a general love of science—pretty much wherever you look, there's chemistry to be done! Study at MTSU includes traditional areas—analytical, biochemistry, organic, inorganic, and physical—as well as computational, polymer, medicinal, and environmental chemistry.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

MTSU discloses that the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, Teacher Licensure is a teacher licensure preparation program accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Admission to an undergraduate teacher licensure preparation program does not guarantee that students will obtain a teacher license. Successful completion of the meets the educational requirements to apply for a practitioner teacher licensure in Tennessee.

The BS Chemistry, Teacher Licensure disclosure provided on MTSU’s indicates the states and territories where MTSU has determined, through reasonable and good faith effort, that the program does or does not meet the educational requirements for other US states and territories. Licensing authorities for each state set and enforce their own requirements and standards, which are subject to change. Current and prospective students not located in Tennessee or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee should contact the appropriate state licensing agency or board and discuss their plans with an advisor and the MTSU before enrolling in the program to ensure they have the most up-to-date information and guidance regarding licensure requirements.

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