Get down to basics and learn about the building blocks of all things — as well as the changes they undergo — in the University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program.
As a Chemistry major at UCM, you’ll discover how to test hypotheses and take part in vibrant discussions about cutting-edge science topics. Any program can teach the core chemistry content — and we do — but UCM also emphasizes building important critical-thinking skills. These abilities help you approach and solve problems that you haven’t encountered before, so you’ll be ready to tackle any professional problem you need to solve.
Concentrations for the bachelor’s degree in Chemistry
As a UCM Chemistry major, you’ll choose one of three tracks to pursue as you work to complete your bachelor’s degree:
Experienced faculty with diverse expertise
At UCM, you’ll take courses for the Chemistry major from faculty who have the highest degrees in their fields and a wide range of specialties, including analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biophysical chemistry, materials chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.
ACS-certified Chemistry major
Emphasis on undergraduate research
Small classes for focused attention
Access to high-tech lab equipment
Faculty with diverse research expertise
As a major in Chemistry at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll build core knowledge in the primary areas in the field, such as analytical, biological, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. You’ll also learn problem-solving and critical-thinking skills that teach you how to organize information, analyze it and draw conclusions based on data.
Courses for the Chemistry bachelor’s degree program include:
A core part of nearly every class you take will involve lab work. During your labs, you’ll work closely with faculty members who provide focused guidance on how best to approach your work.
As you major in Chemistry, you’ll engage in active learning processes that teach you how to execute modern lab techniques. Overall, you’ll have many opportunities to become actively involved, both inside and outside the classroom.
Chemistry serves as the central science that builds the foundation of many technological and scientific areas. Your Chemistry bachelor’s degree prepares you to succeed in a wide range of fields.
So, what can you do with a major in Chemistry? Our graduates have gone on to work in forensics, medicine, research, quality control, gene therapy, the government and more. Companies and organizations that employ UCM graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry include:
Our graduates have also gone on to medical school, pharmacology programs, veterinary school and more.
Jobs with a Chemistry major
What can you do with a major in Chemistry? Use the interactive tool below to discover job options, projected career growth, salary ranges and open positions.4
The University of Central Missouri helps put your bachelor’s degree in Chemistry within reach. We offer numerous ways to help you finance your education, including university scholarships, tuition awards, grants, access to federal financial aid, loans and more.
UCM also offers scholarships specifically to Chemistry majors. These include:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Combine your Chemistry bachelor’s degree with a minor to expand your knowledge of certain areas of interest and to learn how chemistry intersects with them.
Another advantage of studying chemistry at UCM is the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with sophisticated chemical instrumentation, assuring future employers a well-trained and experienced graduate who works with a high level of confidence. Equipment used regularly by students include those for UV-Visible, FT-IR, and FT-NMR spectroscopy; chromatography instruments, such as those for GC, GC/MS, and HPLC; and an assortment of others for calorimetry, fluorometry, and electrochemical analysis. UCM chemists strive to obtain the most up-to-date instrumentation; the FT-IR, fluorescence, and UV-Visible spectrophotometers, in addition to the HPLC chromatography system, are all recent acquisitions.
Undergraduate research experiences are encouraged for all chemistry majors at UCM and are required for students obtaining the B.S. ACS certified degree and the B.S. in Education degree. Many areas of research are available throughout the academic year and the summer, including work in biochemistry; organic, inorganic, physical, and analytical chemistry; and chemical education. Undergraduate research provides an opportunity for students to develop and utilize critical thinking skills, creativity, and essential research techniques for chemical, health, and other science-related disciplines. Students participating in research collaborate with faculty members and other student researchers, building important student-mentor relationships. Many students present their research at state, regional, and national meetings. Participation in professional meetings provides an opportunity to interact and share experiences with student and faculty researchers from around the country and the world. A list of the conferences where UCM undergraduates have presented over the past few years includes: