Chemistry

Chemistry (MINOR)

The Chemistry minor consists of a minimum of twenty-two (22) semester hours in Chemistry courses.

A chemistry minor develops each students’ practical and conceptual knowledge in ways that could lead to a variety of career paths, including: manufacturing, forensics, pharmaceuticals, government agencies, food industry, or health care.

Degree Courses

  • Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Statistics
  • Business Law & Ethics
  • Management
  • Marketing

Chemistry Options

    Students with a chemistry minor who decide to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry could apply for a Master’s degree (M.S.) or Doctorate (Ph.D.). Below you will find a list of transferable skills students develop in chemistry and a selection of careers in which chemistry skills are utilized.

      Transferable Skills

      • Access and assess appropriate scientific literature.

      • Develop hypotheses and propose appropriate experiments to test them.

      • Use data bases and informatics tools.

      • Design and conduct experiments and to record/archive the data appropriately.

      • Use appropriate data analysis and interpret the results of experiments.

      • Present the overall goals and detailed results of experiments in a variety of formats to a variety of audiences.

      • Work safely, both alone and in an effective team.

      • Summarize and convey information orally, visually, and in writing.

      • Recognize and understand the ethical issues involved in both the conduct of research and in the dimensions of research.

      • Awareness of the major issues at the forefront of the science.

      • Ability to assess primary papers critically.

      • Good “quantitative” skills such as the ability to accurately and reproducibly prepare reagents for experiments.

      • Ability to dissect a problem into its key features.

      • Ability to design experiments and understand the limitations of the experimental approach.

      • Ability to interpret experimental data and identify consistent and inconsistent components.

      • Ability to design follow-up experiments.

      • Ability to work safely and effectively in a laboratory.

      • Awareness of the available resources and how to use them.

      • Ability to use computers as information and research tools.

      • Ability to collaborate with other researchers

      • Ability to use oral, written and visual presentations to present their work to both a science literate and a science non-literate audience.

      • Ability to think in an integrated manner and look at problems from different perspectives.

      • Awareness of the ethical issues in the life sciences.

      • Given an experimental data set, be able to use appropriate quantitative models to assess error and glean scientific meaning.

      • Given current knowledge (or data), create a testable hypothesis and design and execute an appropriately controlled experiment.

      • Given a hypothesis, be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of various experimental approaches.

      • Given a body of experimental data, be able to communicate the results in visual, written, and verbal formats.

      • Given a body of experimental data, be able to find relevant information from prior scholarship.

      • Purify compounds via Column Chromatography

      • Analyze the purity of a compound, using Thin Layer Chromatography

      • Perform titration to determine the concentration of a compound in solution

      • Isolation and Purification of Products

      • Chemical synthesis, analysis, and problem-solving

      • Ethical conduct and laboratory practices

      • Ability to utilize and interpret data from the following instruments:

      • Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer (FT-NMR)
      • Ultraviolet-Visible (UV-Vis)
      • Infrared (IR) Spectrometers
      • Gas Chromatograph – Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)
      • High Performance Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC)

      • Column Chromatography

      • Thin Layer Chromatography

      • Titration

      • Isolation and Purification of Products

      Careers

      Agricultural scientist
      Air quality engineer
      Analytical chemist
      Art conservator
      Biotechnologist
      Chemical engineer
      Chemical health & safety officer
      Cheminformatics professional
      Chemistry professor
      Clinical biochemist
      Consumer products technician
      Discovery chemist (pharmaceutical industry)
      Dye, pigment, or ink developer/researcher
      Environmental consultant
      Environmental lawyer
      Flavourist
      Forensic scientist
      Formulation chemist
      Fragrance evaluator
      Geochemist
      Hazardous waste management
      Healthcare scientist
      High school science teacher
      Industrial hygienist
      Laboratory technician
      Material scientist
      Nanotechnologist
      Pharmaceutical chemist
      Pharmacist
      Pharmacologist
      Physician assistant
      Process chemist (pharmaceutical industry)
      Public health professional
      Quality control chemist
      Registered nurse
      Regulatory affairs (pharmaceutical industry)
      Science writer
      Sports scientist
      Toxicologist
      Veterinarian
      Water quality assessor
      X-ray crystallographer

      Dr. Sarah Wilson
      Dr. Sarah Wilson

      Associate Professor of Chemistry

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