STEM Programs

Chemistry Degree

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Bachelor’s Degree Programs

As a chemistry major, discover what makes up our world and use it to build a stronger future. Master foundational knowledge of general, organic, and physical chemistry and springboard into your area of interest. Conduct research alongside expert faculty, then present your findings to your peers. Choose from either a professional or liberal arts track in chemistry to target your career goals.

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Why should I earn a chemistry degree?

Meaningful Careers

Be at the forefront of scientific developments that build the future and impact how the world lives, eats, heals, and makes progress.

High Salary Potential

Chemists and material scientists earned a median yearly salary of $78,330 per year in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


If your career goals include graduate or doctoral education in scientific research, medical science, or more, a bachelor’s degree in chemistry can be your foundation.

What Can I Do With a Chemistry Degree

  • Healthcare
  • Ethanol industry
  • Semi-conductor industry
  • Food and pharmaceutical industries

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Why study chemistry at BVU?

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The Chemistry Action Club is dedicated to increasing scientific literacy and excitement in local schools by giving students hands-on learning experiences.


Take advantage of internship opportunities in large research labs or clinic settings.


Complete research alongside expert faculty and present your findings to your peers through a paper and presentation.

High-Tech Research Facility

Take advantage of BVU’s outstanding Siebens Science Center. Put classroom concepts into practice in cutting-edge labs and research facilities. The 70,000-square-foot Science Center contains 18 labs and three research areas, including:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscope (NMR)
  • Gas chromatography-mass spectrometer (GC-MS)
  • Confocal microscope
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Gene guns
  • Human Cadaver Lab
  • Fossils
  • Specimens and skeletons
  • Sterile hoods
  • Labs fully equipped to study DNA and RNA
  • Thermal cyclers
  • Optics Lab
  • UV and chemiluminescent imaging equipment
  • Greenhouse with three environmental growth chambers

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Jaelyn completed several summer internships as a BVU student, including a highly competitive program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to this internship, Jaelyn gained real-world experience at three different pharmacies throughout her time at BVU. Today, Jaelyn is enrolled at the University of Iowa in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. 

Chemistry Courses

  • Major in Chemistry (55 Credit Hours)
  • Major in Chemistry - Liberal Arts (42 Credit Hours)
  • Major in Chemistry with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (30 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Chemistry with Teaching Licensure (5-12) (24 Credit Hours)
  • Minor in Chemistry (20 Credit Hours)

Financial Aid & Scholarships

We’ll help you figure out your options for financial assistance and possible scholarships.

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Chemistry Faculty

Our instructors are committed to helping you build the future of Iowa and beyond.

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Transfer Your Credits

Do you have previously earned credits or an associate degree? BVU accepts most — if not all — of your credits so you don’t have to retake courses.

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Earn a Master’s Degree Faster with Our Accelerated Program

With BVU's Plus One program, you can earn your education, special education, or organizational leadership master's within one year of graduating with your bachelor’s degree. 

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