Chemistry student adding liquid to a beaker in a chemistry lab with professor and student watching
  • Program Type
    Major, Minor
  • Degrees Offered
    B.A., B.S.
  • School
    School of Arts & Sciences

Develop your analytical and problem-solving skills in an engaging, supportive environment.

What You'll Learn 

In the chemistry bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary, you will learn to troubleshoot complex problems, perform detailed analysis, and make decisions based on research. Our graduates are prepared to communicate effectively in written and oral forms, exhibit analytical and critical thinking skills, and demonstrate a broad knowledge base in chemistry.

Gain valuable hands-on research and lab experience.

Through practical experience in our on-campus labs, you will learn how to use the instruments that will be necessary for working as a professional in the field.

Learn from world-class faculty with professional experience.

Our small class sizes and low student/faculty ratio mean you’ll benefit from individualized instruction and one-on-one faculty mentorship.

Apply Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine values to work and life.

You’ll learn not only to be proficient in chemistry, but how to serve, lead, and inspire others.

Course Requirements

Please visit our catalog for a list of all courses and credits.

Assistant Professor and Chair of Chemistry Dr. Dennis Viernes and students share what it’s like to study chemistry at Mary.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry can open the door 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 medicine to fabrics. In addition to pursuing graduate study, chemistry majors make excellent candidates for medical school, optometry school, dental school, pharmacy school, and veterinary school.

Career Paths

  • Chemist
  • Educator
  • Forensic science technician
  • Clinical laboratory technician
  • Environmental scientist

The things I’ve enjoyed most about my chemistry experience here at Mary have been the labs and the professors. Honestly — they’re great, they’re really funny, they make it engaging.

Luisa Garcia-Michel, ’21

Featured Faculty

Daniel A. Barr, PhD

Interim Chair of Chemistry and Chemistry Education, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Fellow in Catholic Studies

Originally from Philadelphia, PA, I grew up in the Harrisburg area before heading to Arizona State University for my BS degree in biochemistry and PhD in computational biophysical chemistry. My work spans computational, medicinal, physical, and bio-organic/inorganic chemistry, and I teach broadly across the curriculum. I enjoy introducing students to the molecular world in non-majors courses as well as exploring the limits of human knowledge in advanced physical chemistry and biochemistry courses. I find that cultivating a sense of wonder for the deep mysteries of our universe is as important as continuing to advance the frontiers of our disciplinary knowledge.

Krystyna Gorzelska, PhD

Associate Professor of Chemistry

My interest in the natural world goes back to, when, as a child, I hiked and skied with my father in the mountains of my native Poland. On the top of a mountain, with a 360-degree horizon, you have a sense of oneness with the world around you. Years of studies in Poland, Canada, and the USA, and research I conducted in various parts of the world, augmented this basic feeling with the scientific knowledge and appreciation for this great God’s gift to us we call Earth. Science does not operate in a vacuum; it relates to everything, helping us understand rules that govern the natural world around us. I try to use my personal and professional experiences to put what I’m teaching in a relevant context and, thus, make it more meaningful for my students. Faith and Reason are the most precious possessions. At the University of Mary our students are fortunate to be able to pursue both.

Take Your Next Step in Chemistry