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Mode of Study:
On Campus
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major, Minor, Licensure
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
School of Arts & Sciences

Distill the Intricacies of Various Compounded Concepts into One Textbook Chemistry Major

Chemistry is a challenging discipline involving the study of matter, its properties, why and how various substances combine or separate to create other substances, and how these substances interact with energy. If you are naturally curious and good at math, physics, and biology, pursuing one of Catawba College’s bachelor’s degree programs in Chemistry may be a perfect academic fit for you.

Male science student in lab

As a Chemistry major, you’ll not only use math and theory to study physical substances, you’ll form hypotheses, perform experiments, make important split-second decisions, and work with others on teams. You’ll be introduced to supporting coursework from the fields in biology and physics more than you might think. You’ll also prepare and present research at scientific conferences, go on exciting research trips, and work at assigned internships.

Perhaps you are interested in furthering your studies in graduate school studying the field of pharmaceuticals or veterinary science and want to pursue the Chemistry BS. Maybe you are interested in teaching chemistry or working in developing technical communications for a chemical manufacturer and want to pursue the BA. Our faculty are readily available to discuss your career goals, giving you the personal attention and guidance you need to navigate challenging coursework as you pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Program Highlights

  • Two Bachelor Programs

    The BA program in Chemistry provides the foundation for Chemistry majors to enter the work force immediately upon graduation in a variety of fields. BS majors typically study toward more specific career paths or graduate school requirements.

  • Internships

    Build your resume while acquiring real-world, professional skills. Common summer experiences include assignments at North Carolina Research Campus and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) through the National Science Foundation.

  • Student Science Travel Award

    Catawba’s Chemistry majors may apply to receive the James M. Beard Student Science Travel Award. This travel scholarship provides a maximum of $500 that a student recipient can use for fall or spring semester scientific conference travel to present their research.

Chemistry at Catawba

Learn about the Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry programs at Catawba College.

Program Details

Chemistry at Catawba not only prepares you for a career in chemistry but it also lays a firm foundation for those pursuing the medical field.

Justin Burroughs '17 Chemistry Graduate; Biology Minor

Honor Societies

Foster relationships with your peers. The American Chemical Society (ACS) and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Honor Society welcome students with a passion for Chemistry, while Catawba’s Tau Eta Chapter of Tri- Beta, Catawba’s Biological Honor Society, is for students whose root passions lie in biological studies. As a Chemistry undergraduate, enjoy the challenge of both.

Pre-Health Club

If a career in Health Services is part of your long-range plan and part of the reason you choose to pursue a Chemistry degree, join the Catawba Pre-Health Club. It will align you with like-minded students serious about achieving academic success as an undergraduate to prepare for the next steps in their professional futures.

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Catawba College Chemistry majors regularly conduct and present their research at the annual campus Interdisciplinary Creativity and Research Symposium, the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Research Symposium, and at state, regional and national conferences of American Chemical Society.

Next-Generation Resources

The Graham Genomics Lab allows students to engage in vital research, gaining broad and deep knowledge in a particular field, enabling them to put that knowledge to work for the common good. It features next-generation sequencing platforms from leading technology providers, including Illumina® and Pacific Biosystems. Catawba students acquire hands-on skills as they conduct research projects and work with innovative sequencing equipment, participating in multi-disciplinary, multi-platform research from concept through to data delivery and interpretation.

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Jobs - Our Chemistry majors have found their element in the following positions:

  • Organic Chemist
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Renewable Fuels Researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • Director of Product Development
  • Chiropractor
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Physician
  • Forensic Scientist

Graduate Schools - Many of our alumni have pursued graduate degrees at the following:

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Campbell College Physician Assistant Program
  • School of Pharmacy, University of South Carolina
  • UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Wake Forest University
  • New England College of Optometry
  • Albany Medical College
  • Clemson University
  • Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University
  • Florida International University
  • Eastern Carolina Medical School
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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

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