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Chemistry

A chemistry degree gives you a solid foundation for a wide variety of science careers in field such as chemistry, biochemistry or forensic science, or for health-related careers such as pharmacy, medicine or physician's assistant.

As a chemistry major at SBU you will learn how to get a chemistry degree from expert faculty, engage in intriguing and stimulating laboratory experiences and receive one-on-one advising to help you pursue your personal and professional goals.

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Work alongside expert faculty to do research while still an undergraduate student through SBU's Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program.
  • One-on-one academic advisement by a faculty member will set you up for success as they guide you through making an academic plan that will help you achieve your goals.
  • Small lecture and lab class sizes allow for more hands-on learning opportunities and closer interactions with faculty and other students.

Faith Integration

SBU is home to the Darrell R. Strait Center for the Integration of Science and Christian Faith, which is intentionally focused on equipping students to study the history and philosophy of science, Biblical hermeneutics, and the integration of science and faith. Faculty encourage discussion of ethical issues that arise in the world of science and challenge students to use their Christian faith as the basis for approaching all issues. SBU believes strongly that science and Christian faith can be integrated and support each other.

As a chemistry major, you will take a course from the Strait Center, Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith, and will have the option to add a second major in Integration of Science and Christian Faith by taking the other Strait Center courses, including Methods of Biblical Interpretation, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, and History and Philosophy of Science and Technology.

CareerS

Chemistry graduates have pursued a variety of careers working at places such as:

  • Eutical
  • Mallinckrodt
  • Sigma-Aldrich

graduate schools

Most SBU students with a chemistry degree continue their education in various disciplines such as biochemistry, chemistry, forensic science, medicine or statistics at institutions including:

  • Iowa State University
  • St. Louis University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Missouri — Science and Technology
  • University of Tennessee
  • Wake Forest University

The academics at SBU established the background in chemistry I need to be a successful forensic scientist. More than that, at SBU you receive an individualized education. Professors are readily available and students aren't just a number.

Serena Baird '11, Group Lead Forensic Scientist at Quest Diagnostics
Serena Baird, Chemistry Alum

pre-health society

The pre-health society is an open club for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. The club meets once a month for group meetings, planning service events and hearing from guest speakers from various health fields. The club is a mix of all classes, giving younger students the chance to meet upperclassmen who can encourage them in their chosen fields and through the challenges of pursuing a career in a health field.

Craig Masters, Associate Professor

Dr. Craig Masters, Associate Professor
Perry Tompkins, Dean

Dr. Perry Tompkins, Dean
Joseph Michalka, Assistant Professor

Dr. Joseph Michalka, Assistant Professor
Jena Whetstine, Assistant Professor

Dr. Jena Whetstine, Assistant Professor
John Patton, Department Chair

Dr. John Patton, Department Chair

scholarships

SBU chemistry students have the opportunity to apply for several privately funded departmental scholarships including:

  • Bill Little Chemistry Scholarship
  • Friends of the College of Science and Mathematics Scholarship
  • James Lightfoot Scholarship
  • Marie Colvin Scholarship
  • Smith-Glynn-Callaway Medical Foundation Scholarship

CHEMISTRY Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CHE 1115 General Chemistry I 5
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16
 

spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
MAT 1195 Analytics and Calculus I 5
CHE 1115 General Chemistry II 5
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 17
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

CHE 3304 Organic Chemistry I 4
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
PHY 1115 General Physics I 5
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

CHE 3314 Organic Chemistry II 4
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
PHY 1125 General Physics II 5
CHE 4993 ndependent Study 3
Total hours 17
 

Junior

Fall Semester

CHE 3345 Analytical Chemistry 5
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
  General Elective 2
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

CHE 4413 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (spring, even) 3
CHE 3371 Seminar in Chemistry I 1
SCF 3412 Chemistry Through the Eyes of Faith 2
  Upper Division Technical Elective(s) 3
  General Electives 6
Total hours 15
 

Senior

Fall Semester

CHE 3364 Biochemistry 4
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
CHE 4482 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 2
  General Elective(s) 3
  Upper Division Technical Elective 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

 CHE 3323 Physical Chemistry 3
CHE 4471 Seminar in Chemistry II 1
  General Electives 9
  Cultural Studies Elective 2
Total hours 15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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Chemistry Plan