Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Sciences
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Program Overview

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science (BS); Bachelor of Arts (BA)

In the Chemistry bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary, you will learn to troubleshoot complex problems, perform detailed analyses, and make decisions based on research. Although many chemistry majors find careers as chemists or teachers, or pursue graduate education, the skills sets you gain can be applied to almost any field.

The chemistry program is offered as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Mary’s main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota. Depending on your selection of a minor program, you can also earn your undergraduate chemistry degree as a Bachelor of Arts. In addition to the four-year bachelor’s degree program, chemistry is also offered as a minor.

Chemistry Program Highlights

The Chemistry major requires 64 credits of coursework in Chemistry, math and physics in addition to the liberal arts requirements; a typical student in the Chemistry program will graduate with 124 credits of coursework. The major is designed to give students a strong background in Chemistry, and to assist students in becoming life-long learners and servant leaders.

Through classroom and real-world learning, the bachelor’s degree program in chemistry at the University of Mary provides skills and experience you can apply directly to your career:

  • Gain valuable hands-on research and lab experience.
  • Learn to apply Christian, Catholic, Benedictine values to work and life.
  • Work in small classes alongside world-class faculty who bring professional experience to their classrooms.

Program Outcomes

Students completing a chemistry major or minor will:

  • demonstrate a broad knowledge base in chemistry
  • communicate effectively in written and oral forms
  • exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills

Career Outlook for Chemistry Majors

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022. Chemists and materials scientists with an advanced degree, particularly those with a Ph.D., are expected to experience better opportunities (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Chemists and Materials Scientists).

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry can open the way to a wide range of career options. Many chemistry graduates work as chemists in various types of industries, developing products that we rely on every day—from food and medicines to fabrics. Sales and teaching positions are also popular career choices for graduates of the chemistry program. Another option is to attend graduate school upon completion of your bachelor’s degree. Chemistry majors also make excellent candidates for medical school, optometry school, dental school, pharmacy school, and veterinary school.

Required courses (Major):

(64 semester credits) CHE 111, 112, 217, 230, 310, 318, 329, 340, 417, 429, 450, 490, 312 or 326; MAT 204, 209, 210; PHY 203, 304.

Minor sequence in Chemistry (20 semester credits):

CHE 111, 112, 217; and two of the following: 230, 310, 312, 318, 325, 326, 417, 450.

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

If you are thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at the University of Mary: