Chemistry at Messiah College
Messiah’s state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and research-quality technology and equipment attract some of the nation’s brightest young men and women.
As a program approved by the American Chemical Society, the department offers a rigorous education across all sub-disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, providing you with the intellectual, experimental and communication skills necessary for preparation as a scientific professional.
Investigate the world around you while also learning more about yourself and your Creator. The chemistry major at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., places special emphasis on the integration of the knowledge and methods of science with what Christian faith teaches us about people and their role in the universe. Often called the “central science,” chemistry relies heavily on theory from mathematics and physics, and then informs such diverse fields as ecology, agriculture, medicine, molecular biology, genetics, geology and food science.
Chemistry major distinctives
- Choose either a B.S. or B.A., whichever fits your particular goals.
- Take exciting and challenging courses in general, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry as well as chemical analysis.
- Research green chemistry, natural products chemistry, materials synthesis, mineral synthesis and phytoremediation.
- Gain direct experience
through internships at leading scientific institutions.
- Participate in the School of Science, Engineering and HealthSpring Research Symposium.
- Work as a lab assistant, tutor, or supplementary instructor.
- Join the Medical Awareness Society (pre-medical club), Sigma Zeta (national science and mathematics honors society)or the Messiah College student affiliate group of the American Chemical Society.
- Study with outstanding Christian faculty members who are not only highly qualified academically but also have extensive experience in their fields.
Career options for chemistry majors
As a graduate of the chemistry program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Allied health professionals
- Research scientists
- Lab technicians
- Forensic scientists
Internship and research opportunities for chemistry majors
Messiah chemistry students participate in a variety of competitive research programs. A few examples include:
- Students compete well for external summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) programs. Recent acceptances at MIT, Johns Hopkins and the University of Strausburg, in France.
- Messiah College students may participate in our own summer research program which provides the chance to work with familiar faculty members in a research laboratory setting while receiving a stipend.
Degree options as a chemistry major
You will earn a B.S. or B.A. degree which will prepare you for graduate or professional school or to work in a variety of fields. You will also have the opportunity to tailor your electives to best meet your career goals and interests. The B.S. degree is recommended if you intend to go to graduate school or lab-based work areas. The B.A. degree is ideal if you want to use chemistry as a platform for work in business, law, or medicine or high school teaching. It requires two fewer chemistry and one fewer math courses than the B.S. degree. In addition, the additional room left for college-wide electives may allow you to complete a minor or double major relevant to your career plans.
Research opportunities and hands-on learning
While studying chemistry at Messiah, you’ll have a variety of research opportunities in areas such as green chemistry, natural products chemistry, and materials or minerals synthesis. The hands-on use of analytical instrumentation throughout this program will allow you to easily succeed in a career in chemical analysis. These positions are abundant for Bachelor’s level scientists and include applications in environmental chemistry, biotechnology and forensic science. A key distinctive of the chemistry major’s course of study is a strong emphasis on developing laboratory skills throughout the curriculum.
During your studies, you may work as a lab assistant, tutor or supplementary instructor. You may even wish to join the Medical Awareness Society (pre-medical club), Sigma Zeta (national science and mathematics honors society) or the Messiah College student affiliate group of the American Chemical Society.
When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to continue your education in graduate school, medical school, an allied health field, or immediately enter a profession in teaching or in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.