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What does it mean to major in chemistry?

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in chemistry?

What can APSU chemistry majors do after graduation?

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in chemistry?

  


 

What does it mean to major in chemistry?

Chemistry is often called the “central science” due to the fundamental role it plays in every aspect of the world around us.  A student majoring in chemistry has a deep commitment to understanding how our world exists and operates on a molecular level in accordance with the laws of nature.  Chemistry is a very rigorous curriculum that involves physics and mathematics to help students understand the driving forces of the chemical reaction.  There are many branches of chemistry and students often gravitate to specific fields like organic, inorganic, physical, biochemistry, or materials chemistry.

 

Why is Austin Peay State University a good place to major in chemistry?

The Department of Chemistry is growing—we have more students majoring in chemistry than ever before and now have more programs of study leading to the Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry than ever before.  We have curricula in American Chemical Society (ACS) certified chemistry, pre-medicine, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-dental hygiene, biochemistry, forensic chemistry, forensic biochemistry, and chemistry teacher preparation.  We have recently created a very popular Associates of Applied Science (two-year) degree in Chemical Engineering Technology.

 APSU is a great place for chemistry majors for a variety of reasons.  The department boasts a high placement rate for graduates into professional schools and employment opportunities.  Our low student to faculty ratio enables students to have close interactions with their instructors.  All of our classes (both lectures and labs) are taught by professors who get to know each and every student on a first-name basis.  All instruction takes place in state-of–the–art lecture and laboratory facilities.  Undergraduate research within the department is growing and there are opportunities to receive funding to conduct this research with a faculty mentor in a variety of chemical fields.  Students have many opportunities to become involved with chemistry outside of the classroom as a member of our nationally acclaimed Chemistry Club (XEM).   Members of XEM regularly participate in outreach activities and chemical demonstrations at area schools and activities like National Chemistry Week. 

 

What can APSU chemistry majors do after graduation?

Chemistry majors have a variety of options available to them after graduation because of the analytical and critical thinking skills learned while they are a student at APSU.  Many enter professional schools (graduate, medical, pharmacy, dental, dental hygiene) while others directly enter the workforce for public employers or governmental agencies as technicians, quality control scientists, researchers, forensic scientists, process control operators, and middle school or high school teachers. 

 

Whom should I contact to learn more about majoring in chemistry?

ChemistryDr. Robin Reedreedr@apsu.edu931-221-1077
Pre-MedicineDr. Ron Robertsonrobertsonr@apsu.edu931-221-6298
Pre-PharmacyDr. Carrie Brennanbrennanc@apsu.edu931-221-7623
Pre-DentistryDr. Rebecca Jonesjonesr@apsu.edu931-221-7621
Pre-Dental HygieneDr. Lisa Sullivansullivanl@apsu.edu931-221-6148
BiochemistryDr. Meagan Mannmannm@apsu.edu931-221-6175
Forensic ChemistryDr. Carrie Brennanbrennanc@apsu.edu931-221-7623
Chemistry TeacherDr. Robin Reedreedr@apsu.edu931-221-1007
Chemical Engineering TechnologyDr. Chester Littlelittlect@apsu.edu931-221-1601

 

For more information about studying chemistry at APSU, follow this link to the Chemistry Department website.

Follow this link for a listing of possible careers for chemistry majors.