The course of study in chemistry at Carlow University is designed to provide the theory and research skills needed by every chemist. Chemists find jobs in a wide variety of areas across industry, academia, and government. A chemistry degree also prepares the student for graduate or professional school. The program provides instruction in each of the four major subdisciplines of chemistry: organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. Laboratory skills are emphasized throughout. Students are also required to further develop their skills by completing a senior experience that may consist of an independent research project. Each student must also complete required support courses in mathematics, biology and physics. 

You develop your talent by completing a senior experience that often consists of an independent research project. You must also complete required support courses in mathematics and physics. Students seeking employment in nontraditional areas can choose a program with an emphasis in biology, marketing and management, technical communications, and math and computer science. Students interested in teaching at the high school level can select an emphasis in secondary education for a degree in chemistry with teaching certification. 

The major program curriculum is designed to be consistent with the guidelines published by the American Chemical Society (ACS). 



Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Main Oakland Campus



This class is a two-semester introduction to the chemistry and chemical composition of the Earth’s atmosphere, soil, and waterways. This highly interdisciplinary course will focus on the chemical processes influencing the composition and chemical speciation of natural systems (air, water, and soils); the chemical fate and mobility of contaminants in the environment; chemical processes and reactions that affect the toxicity and bioavailability of contaminants and chemicals; and aspects of contaminant remediation and pollution prevention (green chemistry). Current methods of energy production will be studied in terms of their efficiency and cleanliness. Questions of corporate and social responsibility regarding environmental stewardship and public health will be presented to and debated by the class.


You will be introduced to analytical chemistry. This class deals with the basic theory of and experimentation in gravimetric and volumetric analysis, with emphasis on principles of chemical equilibrium. The course also includes selected topics in instrumental analysis and chromatography with an emphasis on quantitative applications. 

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.