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Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry

Action, reaction – it’s chemistry. If you love the science of chemistry – from composition to organic compounds – you owe it to yourself to pursue your passion at University of the Cumberlands. You’ll work closely with experienced faculty members who care about ensuring your progress in our challenging coursework.  Small classes ensure you get personal attention and easy access to top-notch equipment in our classrooms and laboratories.

Is Chemistry a Good Major?

In addition to working with knowledgeable and experienced faculty, a chemistry major can be an excellent foundation for further scientific studies and opportunities.  During your senior year, you’ll have the opportunity to perform a research project in your area of special interest.  In recent years, many of our bachelor’s in chemistry 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.

Plus, you’ll have the option of joining the Alchemist Club, an affiliate of the American Chemical Society, on field trips and special events, including guest speakers. They also sponsor 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.

Chemistry BA vs BS

As the name suggests, a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is more science-oriented with practical lab work and a focus on science and math courses. A Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry still includes lots of science and math – but also includes more generalized courses typical of liberal arts programs, such as foreign languages, humanities, and more.

What can you do with a Chemistry Degree?

Whether you decide to pursue a BA in chemistry or a BS in chemistry, you’ll be well on your way toward qualification for chemistry major jobs or chemistry degree programs at a graduate or doctoral level.  Career options to consider include:

  • Chemist
  • Chemical Researcher
  • Natural Sciences Manager
  • Chemistry Teacher (with appropriate certification)

Or, if you continue your studies, you could specialize in variety of medical careers, including:

  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist


Costs for programs of study at University of the Cumberlands are competitive and affordable. Click here to view tuition rates and fees. 


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Whatever your career destination, be prepared with a chemistry degree from UC! Let’s talk about our test-optional college admissions process, scholarship opportunities, and more! Fill out the form on this page for more information.

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A University of the Cumberlands degree prepares you for the rigors of the professional world.  Click the button to learn more about the exciting career opportunities you can pursue with this program.