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On the eastern coast of the island of Hawai’i sits the Daniel K. Inouye U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, where two students from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) spent part of their summer tracking insects that prey on papaya fields.

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Build a solid foundation at EMU in the major areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry.

Research with and be mentored by faculty who invest time in you, and compete for Kauffman-Miller Research Awards of up to for $2500 for summer research that is also supervised by EMU faculty.

Learn by doing as you expand your world with a broad chemical background suitable for entry into a wide variety options for careers – from industrial plastics chemist to pharmaceutical technician – and graduate level studies in chemistry, biochemistry or related areas.

See the curriculum below.

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Career Options

Additional careers in pre-professional health are also an option with this degree.

The above data was drawn from ONet and is intended for informational purposes only.

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Curriculum

The major includes 33-35 SH in chemistry:

  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I - 4 
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II - 4 
  • CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I - 4 
  • CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II - 4 
  • *CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry I - 2 
  • *CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II - 2 
  • *CHEM 405 Thermodynamics - 3 
  • *CHEM 406 Quantum Mechanics - 3 
  • BIOCH 376 Foundational Biochemistry - 3 
  • Chemistry or biochemistry elective - 2-4

Research requirement (2 SH)

Choose 2 SH from the following courses:

  • BIOL 255 Biology Research Seminar - 1  
  • BIOL 479 Independent Biology Research - 1-2 
  • BIOCH/CHEM 479 Biochemistry/Chemistry Research - 1-2  

Requirement may be satisfied by completing an NSF REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) program (no credit hours received). Requirement may also be satisfied by internship or practicum style experiences.

Biology, Mathematics and Physics requirement (20 SH)

  • MATH 185 Calculus I - 4 
  • MATH 195 Calculus II - 4 
  • STAT 220 Inferential Statistics - 2 
  • PHYS 252 and PHYS 253 University Physics I, lecture and laboratory - 4
  • PHYS 262 and PHYS 263 University Physics II, lecture and laboratory  - 4
  • BIOL 485 Faith Science and Ethics - 2  

Additional mathematics courses recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate studies:

  • STAT 230 Regression and ANOVA - 2 
  • *MATH 285 Calculus III - 4 
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