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Columbia College Bachelor's in Chemistry

Learn about chemistry’s central role in science with a Bachelor's in Chemistry degree from Columbia College.

Explore chemistry at Columbia College

A degree in chemistry from Columbia College prepares you to investigate the substances that make up all matter—what they are as well as how they interact, combine and change. And you’ll gain the critical thinking and organizational skills to conduct and analyze research.

With your understanding of chemical principles and theories, along with hands-on proficiency in properly conducting experiments and recording results, you’ll be ready to contribute to a variety of fields, from medical research to crime lab analysis. You’ll also understand the materials science, synthetic chemistry and polymer chemistry needed to develop products as diverse as computer components, pharmaceutical drugs, adhesives and synthetic fibers.

Opportunities to study:

  • Aromaticity and spectroscopic techniques
  • Nuclear chemistry
  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Chromatography
  • Thermodynamics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Toxicology

Prepare for a scientific career

Chemistry helps us describe and explain our world—and your understanding of the chemical processes that affect all substances can be applied in a broad range of settings, from the chemical industry to education to healthcare. These workplaces also value specific skills like chemical synthesis, instrumental analysis and quantitative measurement.

The Columbia College program emphasizes the principles and theories of chemistry, developing hands-on laboratory skills, and develops students’ competence in scientific writing. With this knowledge, you’ll have a strong foundation for graduate and professional study in chemistry or health-related professions, including medical or veterinary school.

Some possible paths include:

  • Analytical Chemist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Environmental Chemist
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Dr. Melinda McPherson

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 46 credit hours
  • Electives 24-27 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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