Chemistry Majors

Chemistry MajorsWhy a chemistry or biochemistry degree?
For students who want a broad natural science background that will prepare them for careers in medicine, law or related fields, LaGrange offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Chemistry. It's a major whose requirements are not so demanding that students cannot find time for nonchemistry electives.

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Chemistry is designed for students who intend to pursue graduate school in chemistry or chemically related fields such as chemical physics and environmental chemistry or work in research or industry as a bench chemist.

A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Biochemistry is designed to prepare majors for professional school or further study in disciplines that bridge the chemistry and biological sciences. The requirements of this major are few enough to leave significant time for nonchemistry electives.

Students who earn the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry will be appropriately competent in: core topics in chemistry, the language of chemistry, and an appropriate selection of the following laboratory skills and advanced studies.

Are there opportunities for undergraduate research?
Your success as a chemist depends on two things: the mastery of important classroom concepts and the capacity for independent thought. Undergraduate-level research projects in such areas as environmental, analytical and synthetic organic chemistry encourage both classroom participation and thinking on your own.

Research into the chemistry and reactivity of fullerenes, supervised by Professor Melvin Hall, was presented by LaGrange senior Ben Williamson at a fall meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2005 and 2006, LaGrange biochemistry majors won the Hines Award for Undergraduate Research, the same honor awarded to chemistry majors in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

As part of the Bachelor of Science curriculum in chemistry, a research experience is required. The department will help you secure an appropriate situation on campus, in industry or in a research university summer program, preferably between your junior and senior years or during the first semester of your senior year.


Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts-Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts-Biochemistry

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Career Information:

Employment sectors with the greatest number of chemistry employees were: 

  1. Industry (including chemical and pharmaceutical companies)
  2. Academic institutions
  3. Government laboratories

Agriculture, manufacturing, real estate, educational services, retail trade and healthcare contributed another five million jobs to the U.S. economy through their dependence on chemistry products.