Notre Dame College offers two degree programs in chemistry: Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts. These two degree programs give students a choice in the extent of the chemistry they would like to pursue relative to other areas of study outside the major, for example, in the liberal arts or business.
Program Mission: Students majoring in chemistry at Notre Dame College will seek to understand their world at the atomic level. Students will broadly explore chemistry theory and practice, through both didactic and laboratory study. The chemistry graduate will be prepared to enter the chemistry workplace, to pursue graduate studies in chemistry and related fields or to pursue professional studies in medicine. Furthermore, graduates will be empowered to use their knowledge of chemistry responsibly in a global society.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing a major in Chemistry will be able to:
- Demonstrate current knowledge in the major disciplines of Chemistry.
- Critically evaluate current chemical theory.
- Demonstrate standard laboratory techniques, including: wet chemistry, instrumentation, molecular modeling, experimental design, and keeping a laboratory notebook.
- Communicate scientific information effectively in written, oral, and other informational technologies.
- Engage in the process of discovery through literature review, hypothesis formulation, research design, experimentation, and analysis.
- Incorporate The Chemical Professional’s Code of Conduct as outlined by the American Chemical Society in their work within the major.
CHEMISTRY MAJOR (BS)
Graduates in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemistry will have acquired broad foundational knowledge in the chemical and physical sciences and the knowledge and skills to either continue graduate education or obtain employment in their professional fields. Students in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Chemistry choose one of two emphasis areas. Each emphasis consists of a common core and specialized coursework in the emphasis of choice.
CHEMISTRY PRE-PROFESSIONAL CONCENTRATION (BS)
This program offers a comprehensive background for students wishing to attend Medical, Dental, Veterinary, or Graduate Schools.
CHEMISTRY MAJOR (BA)
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry is designed for those students who seek a strong background in chemistry, but who anticipate a career in a related area such as health sciences, pharmacology, chemical management, secondary education, chemical information systems, technical publications/ communication, patent law or environmental technology. Students are strongly encouraged to select a minor that would enhance their studies and job opportunities, such as Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Economics, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, or Writing. Consult the catalog listing in the appropriate discipline for specific requirements.