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Chemistry (BS)

Science matters.

Chemistry is all around us. It’s the study of matter—and it’s central to all other forms of science. Industries of all types rely on chemistry, from farms and pharmaceuticals to forensics and food processing.

A Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry prepares you for immediate career opportunities in education or industry, or provides a solid foundation for graduate or professional school. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department has been approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) since 1971 and offers ACS-certified degrees in chemistry and biochemistry

The department works with the Department of Teacher Education to offer teacher certification in chemistry, physical science and composite science. 

Program Overview

Credit hours 72
Concentrations N/A
Department Chemistry and Biochemistry
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
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What can you do after graduation?

  • Chemist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Toxicologist
  • Research Scientist
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Laboratory Analyst
  • Sustainability Consultant
  • Environmental Chemist

Cynthia Powell leads students in Inquiry-based experiments shown to improve understanding.

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Clubs and Activities

Chemistry and biochemistry students have extensive opportunities to participate in research, internships and student activities, including:

  • Research—on campus or off
  • Summer internships
  • ACU Chemistry Club
  • Field trips to labs, power plants and conferences

About the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Chemistry and biochemistry are the cornerstones of important fields such as biotechnology, polymers, forensic science, environmental monitoring and remediation, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, the petroleum industry, and health sciences. The ACU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry trains students to be exceptional Christian servants and leaders in these chemical and biochemical careers.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.