Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

Students who choose a chemistry major or chemistry minor at University of the Cumberlands will benefit from close working relationships with highly trained, experienced faculty members who care about them and what they learn. Small classes ensure students earning their chemistry degree have access to top-notch equipment in our classrooms and laboratories in our new Correll Science Complex.

The major in chemistry at UC includes coursework that will prepare students to move directly into a career in a variety of areas, including secondary education, industrial chemistry and environmental science. Or, students can continue their graduate studies in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, optometry or pharmacy in one of many outstanding professional graduate schools around the country.

At Cumberlands, every chemistry major completes a research project in an area of special interest during his or her senior year. In recent years, many of these student projects have been selected for summer programs at research institutions, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Clemson University; Notre Dame; Brown University; and the Natural History Museum in London, England.

The Alchemist Club, an affiliate of the American Chemical Society, sponsors field trips, special events, and guest speakers, offering students earning their chemistry degree broad exposure to activities and developments in the field. Also, the Alchemist Club sponsors the annual University of the Cumberlands Chemistry Symposium, a day of competitive events for high school students designed to excite young people about the possibilities of careers in science.

What Can I Do With This Chemistry Degree?

Earning a B.S. in Chemistry serves as a solid foundation on which you can build a variety of careers. We pride ourselves on nurturing our students so our graduates are well-prepared for the job market, professional school or graduate school. In general, chemists at all levels enjoy a wide array of employment opportunities. Graduates from the chemistry department have many opportunities for both employment and advanced education.

  • Graduate school
  • Profession schools such as medicine, pharmacy, physicians’ assistant, dental and veterinary medicine
  • Chemical industries including Research & Development, Sales & Customer Support, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Science and Legal (Patent, Product Liability Issues)
  • Secondary Teaching & Higher Education
  • Public Policy & Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science