Chemistry

Research and Discovery

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), or minor in Chemistry is designed for those students who desire a career as 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, or pharmacy technician. I t is also ideal for those who plan to seek an advanced degree.

A chemist is behind most of the products we use to make life easier every day: hair and beauty products, paint, insect repellants, sunscreen, medicines, automobiles, clothing — the list is endless.

Students Choose from Three Concentrations

General chemistry, which prepares you for a graduate program in chemistry; employment in industry; or entering medical or dental school.

Biochemistry, which prepares you for a graduate program in biochemistry or biophysics; to enter pharmacy, dental or medical school; or to work in biochemical, organic or pharmaceutical research.

Forensic science, which prepares you to enter a graduate program, to work in a crime lab or to do forensic testing. Olivet is among the first group of Christian universities offering this concentration.

Olivet’s Recently Renovated Chemistry Lab Includes:

  • digital NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) spectrometer
  • complete gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy system
  • atomic absorption spectrometer
  • high pressure liquid chromatography system
  • complete digital fluorometer
  • research grade microwave reacting system
  • Fourier infrared spectrometer
  • electroanalytical analyzer
  • molecular modeling software
  • ultraviolet visible spectrometers
  • electrophoresis apparati
  • calorimetry equipment
     

Share Your Findings

Students Work together with faculty members to publish and present the results of your research. You may even have the opportunity to present at prestigious, professional meetings. Recently, our students have presented their work at the annual meeting of The Geological Society of America and the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Areas (ACCA) Student Symposium.

Professional Associations

Students work with faculty members to publish and present the results of their research. Some have presented their work at the annual meeting of The Geological Society of America and the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Areas (ACCA) Student Symposium.

Field Experiences

Students enjoy field study opportunities in locations significant to their major areas of study. Previous locations include the Southern Appalachian Mountains, Shawnee National Forest, Badlands National Park, Montana and Wyoming.

Meet the Faculty

Bruce Heyen

With more than 25 years of experience as a professor, Bruce Heyen teaches general chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and introductory chemistry. One of his favorite professional accomplishments is his work in collaboration with a group of biochemistry professors to improve biochemical pedagogy. He has completed three sabbaticals focused on biochemistry, organic synthesis and chemical education.

Meet the Faculty

Careers in Chemistry and Geosciences:

Attorney, Chemical engineer, Geophysicist, Hydrologist, Medical technician, Environmental science, Oil Companies, Pharmacist, Professor, Sales, Secondary education teacher

Chemistry and Geosciences with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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