As a Chemistry major, you will learn the theory and research skills needed by chemists. You will study the composition, structure and properties of substances at the atomic and molecular levels and learn the interactions and transformations of matter, and how to apply this knowledge to develop new and improved products.

Chemical technologies enrich our lives by providing new solutions to problems in health, materials and energy usage and products to enhance our lifestyles. In this program, you will receive hands-on training in the use of the most modern chemical instrumentation that complements and enhances theory taught in the lecture courses.

Four students are at a lab table conducting an experiment. Each of them sit at a station with notes and a beaker.

Bachelor of Science


On campus



Transfer credits:

Up to 90 credits

The program provides instruction in each of the four major subdisciplines of chemistry: organic, analytical, physical and inorganic.  

Hands-on laboratory skills are emphasized throughout the program curriculum, including training and use of modern chemical instrumentation and equipment. The curriculum is consistent with guidelines published by the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Quick facts

  • Complete required support courses in mathematics, biology and physics
  • Complete a senior experience that may consist of an independent research project
  • Continue your studies in the 4+1 MEd in Secondary Education program for students interested in teaching high school chemistry
Two chemistry students work together on an experiment in class. They are filling a beaker with liquid.

Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

  • LECOM Early Acceptance Partnership 
  • Duquesne University Pharmacy Partnership 
  • Secondary Education Option – Need to add that information here. 

Career opportunities for Chemistry majors

Chemistry is “the study of matter and the changes that matter undergoes”, and as such, the disciplineis touches almost every aspect of our existence. It is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, and clean air, water and soil.  

Chemistry graduates find jobs in a wide variety of areas across industry, academia and government, or go on to graduate or professional school. Job titles for chemists include teacher, chemical technician, clinical research coordinator, quality control analyst, chemical plant and systems operator, and water resource specialist (and many others). 

Employment for chemists is expected to grow 3% between 2014 to 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

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One extracurricular benefit of the chemistry major at Carlow is the opportunity for the student to become a member of the Carlow Chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Student Affiliates. Our student chapter of the ACS has been recognized by the national organization several times with awards for their activities. The ACS student affiliates group provides opportunities for professional development (seminars, conferences, field trips) as well as social networking with peers in a variety of science majors. 

Lizzie Shumaker testimonial
Olivia Miller, ’21, biology major and runner on the track & field/cross country team.

Chemistry grad says Carlow program set her apart

Chemistry graduate Lizzie Shumaker ’18 said individual attention from professors allowed her to gain confidence in course material and laboratory skills. “Carlow’s Chemistry program set me apart from others, especially when interviewing for jobs in my field, because their curriculum offered me hands-on training of the theory and operation of analytical equipment and the presentation skills needed to effectively communicate my research. The laboratory skills I learned at Carlow translated to my career and I am so grateful to have studied chemistry at Carlow.”

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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