Available as major (A.B. and B.S. degrees) and minor
Find new uses for everyday materials. Discover new materials to improve our lives. Develop solutions for ongoing global challenges. Become a chemist.
A chemist is behind most of the products you use to make your life easier every day: hair and beauty products, paint, insect repellants, sunscreen, medicines, automobiles, clothing — the list is endless. In your chemistry career, you will certainly have an impact on how we live our lives. Choose from three concentrations:
Olivet’s recently renovated chemistry lab includes:
Olivet’s A.B. in chemistry degree prepares you for graduate school or industry employment. This degree program focuses on chemistry with an emphasis on math and physics. Biochemistry is not a requirement. Other options with this degree are pursuing a double major, or adding one or more minors.Earning a B.S. degree in chemistry prepares you to enter a graduate program; further your education in the healthcare field; or find immediate employment in industry. Study analytical, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. Engage in research with faculty members working alongside you. Present your results to the department, university or industry professionals.If you are entering the field of medicine or pharmacy, you will find that our chemistry program helps prepare you well for the biology and physical science sections of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT).Our graduates have a consistently high rate of acceptance into graduate school programs, pharmacy school and dental school.Putting knowledge to workACCA (Associated Colleges of the Chicago Areas) Student Symposium: Design and do an independent research project, prepare an abstract and then give an oral presentation of your results at this annual symposium.Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program with the National Science Foundation (NSF): Active research opportunities at major universities for undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by NSF. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Recently, Olivet students participated in research experiences at Vanderbilt University and Baylor University.Two research options offered by Olivet for science and mathematics students:
CareersIf you are:
then consider a career in chemistry.More companies are outsourcing their research, development and testing operations. Job opportunities in the chemistry field with professional, scientific and technical services firms will be increasing.Possible careers include: quality control analyst, pharmaceutical researcher, pharmacist, chemical engineer, product development, science journalist, food researcher, professor, forensic chemist, petroleum researcher, textiles researcher, chemist, chemical technician, biochemist, research and development in petroleum industry, physician, dentist, polymer chemist, environmental lab chemist, physician assistant, nuclear chemist, pharmacologist, chiropractor, toxicologist, analytical chemist, pharmacy technician Chemistry is part of the Department of Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Considering graduate school? One recent ONU grad was accepted into Ph.D. programs at five different schools.