The mission of the Chemistry Program at Fairmont State is to help students learn chemistry, and how chemistry connects to mathematics, biology, physics, and other professional fields. We expect and encourage our students to develop the analytical, experimental, computer and problem-solving skills necessary to successfully pursue chemistry and other science based careers. The program strives to foster excellent oral and written communication skills, and is approved by the American Chemical Society. With small class sizes, innovative teaching approaches, and hands-on access to modern, research-quality instrumentation, students can develop the analytical, problem-solving and teamwork skills necessary to successfully pursue science-based careers. A student completing the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry will be competitive for graduate study in chemistry or chemical engineering, laboratory positions in the chemical industry, pharmaceutical industry or government agencies, or application to law school. By electing a few additional biology classes, students completing a B.S. degree in chemistry will be prepared for application to a variety of professional and graduate schools, including medical school, dental school, veterinary school, pharmacy school, physical therapy programs, toxicology, pharmaceutical science and forensic science graduate programs.
Programs available for students who wish to specialize in chemistry include:
- The B.S. in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society and provides a well-balanced program of courses in the major fields of chemistry, as well as mathematics and physics. A student completing this program will be a competitive candidate for graduate study or positions in industry or government agencies.
- The B.A. in Education with a Specialization in Chemistry equips the graduate to teach chemistry in any secondary school or to pursue graduate studies in science education.