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  • 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.

Become an educator.

For those interested in teaching at the high school or middle school level, you can combine your major with the chemistry education degree in preparation for getting your teaching license. 

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Associate Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Chemistry Education Dr. Daniel Barr 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

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 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.

James A. Peliska, PhD

Administrative Chair of Math and Sciences, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, Fellow in Catholic Studies

I started my academic career as a professor at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. At Michigan, I developed my ongoing research program in HIV-1 replication, and I was involved in the initiation of their undergraduate Biochemistry program. For the last 20 years, I have been a leader in Catholic higher education as a professor, as a department chair and in my current role as Administrative Chair of Mathematics and Sciences, overseeing these programs at the University of Mary. I maintain an active student-engaged research program in HIV-1 drug discovery, and work with colleagues in the development of modern and relevant courses in the sciences.

Take Your Next Step in Chemistry