As a chemistry major, you’ll take foundational courses in topics such as:
- General chemistry
- Organic chemistry
- Chemical dynamics
- Introductory physics
- Introductory computer science
- Communication skills
Then, you’ll choose an academic track that supports your career goals. The American Chemical Society-accredited curriculum focuses on providing a solid foundation in chemistry, with the flexibility for students to explore their individual interests. Some students plan to apply to professional schools and pursue medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy or allied health professions. Others anticipate further study in the sciences, aimed toward research careers in chemistry or biochemistry. Others seek secondary education licensure, and become science teachers at the junior high and high school level.
Choose Your Focus
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Medical Sciences Track
Ideal preparation for students who plan to enter professional school in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy or the allied health professions, this track provides a rigorous scientific background and eases the transition.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Career Track
A strong foundation for pursuing employment immediately after graduation, this curriculum prepares students for entry-level science and technology careers.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Secondary Education Track
Professional education courses supplement science courses for students pursuing teacher licensure in secondary education, leading to certification in Chemistry for Grades 7-12.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – ACS Chemistry Track
With a rigorous curriculum approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, this track provides intensive preparation for the student who desires to pursue graduate work in chemistry, enter the field of industrial chemistry, or study chemical engineering. In addition to the core chemistry classes, students will fulfill additional advanced coursework specified by the American Chemical Society.
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
This intensive program, approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, prepares students for graduate work in biochemistry and molecular biology, or careers in medicine. In addition to the core chemistry classes, students will fulfill additional advanced coursework specified by the American Chemical Society.
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics
Ideal preparation for a student who plans to pursue graduate work in Physical Chemistry or Chemical Physics.
The MC Experience
Mississippi College prides itself on a century-long tradition of providing foundational education in chemistry. Today, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry continues to offer a remarkable education to our talented undergraduates. Our program is fully accredited by the American Chemical Society; in fact MC was the first university in Mississippi to receive ACS certification of its Biochemistry degree, and continues to lead the state in the number of ACS-certified chemistry and biochemistry majors. High-tech lab facilities, an active research program, and a supportive, professional faculty create an environment that pushes students to develop to their full potential. The results speak for themselves. MC Chemistry alumni currently serve on the faculty or administration of 26 colleges and universities in the US, and hold high-level positions with dozens of international corporations and research organizations.
MC Chemistry students benefit from high-tech lab equipment and state-of-the-art facilities. Like the NMR laboratory. Designed to be an extremely low-noise facility, it’s located on the ground floor, 10 feet below exterior grade, isolating the space from environmental and traffic vibrations to ensure accurate readings from the spectrometers installed there.
American Chemical Society
Take part in our student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society, one of the largest and active in the nation. In fact, our student chemists have received a Chapter Award from the American Chemical Society for several years running.
Beta Beta Beta
Support Beta Beta Beta, the national honor fraternity for students who are interested in the biological sciences.
Dr. Randall Easterling served as the 2009-2010 President of the Mississippi State Medical Association. Mr. David Summers is Director of Global Research and Development for Analytical Sciences at Dow Chemical Company. Dr. Daniel Jones was Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Our alumni have served as directors of research and development at Dow Chemical and Monsanto, the chemical services division of the Texas Department of Health, the fellowships division of the National Science and Foundation, and American Operations at Shell Oil Company. One was the Head of Organic Chemicals at the Environmental Protection Agency. They’ve served on the faculty of dozens of institutions of higher learning, including the Citadel, Georgia Institute of Technology, Texas A & M University, Tulane University, University of California, University of North Carolina and University of Notre Dame.
When you graduate from the chemistry program at MC, you will be joining a long and distinguished list of alumni. We hope to add your accomplishments to this list!