Become a teacher and inspire students to investigate the properties, composition, and structure of matter. Work for a pharmaceutical company and help develop new drugs to cure life-threatening diseases. Conduct chemical analyses at an industrial research lab. As a chemistry major at BVU, you’ll study the principal areas of modern chemistry, and learn to apply your skills to a variety of careers and contemporary challenges.
Through your studies, you will learn to think creatively, solve complex problems, and perform detailed analyses. Early on, you will put theory into practice through challenging coursework, internships and hands-on applications using cutting-edge equipment. You will also have the opportunity to carry out an extended research project in collaboration with highly qualified faculty, participate in a summer research experience at a major research institution, and present research at local and regional professional science meetings. There are two tracks in chemistry at BVU – professional and liberal arts – allowing you to solidify your strengths, customize your career path, or continue on to graduate or professional school. The chemistry program also offers teaching licensure for grades 5-12.
Nine Buena Vista University science majors have been selected for the Clifford A. Rae Academic Achievement Award for the 2014 calendar year. In addition to academic excellence, the program encourages quality learning experiences for students outside the classroom. Read more...
The opportunity to have a faculty position emphasizing both teaching and research fulfills a goal that I have of conveying an enthusiasm for learning to future graduates.