Chemistry is the central science whose boundaries reach into both biology and physics. Chemistry is the science concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of different substances, the correlation of substances’ properties to their structures, and the energy changes accompanying the transformation of these substances.
A Ferrum College B.S. in chemistry, together with the appropriate minor or supporting elective courses, will prepare a student to begin a career in business, industry, government, science, or secondary education. Students are prepared for graduate school in any of the fields of chemistry or related interdisciplinary areas such as toxicology, environmental engineering, materials science, or pharmacology. Some graduate programs in Forensic Science specify that a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (or other natural science) is required for admission. The chemistry major also makes the student competitive for entrance into professional schools in business or law, as well as the more traditional areas such as veterinary and human medicine and pharmacy.
The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) in this program is met by successful completion of all laboratory courses specified by the major