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. As a chemistry major at Messiah College, you will take courses in general, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry as well as chemical analysis, with supporting courses in mathematics and physics. You will earn a B.S. degree or a 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. The department has a variety of research opportunities available beginning in the second year. 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.
View the curriculum requirements and the types of courses you would be taking as a Chemistry, B.S. major and Chemistry, B.A. major. View the four-year plans for Chemistry, B.S. major and the Chemistry, B.A. major.