Chemistry Major Overview

The goal of the chemistry program is to provide a superior educational experience that develops in the student foundational concepts, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and laboratory technique. These reinforcing, progressive experiences through the four-year curriculum are designed to propel the graduate into independent, successful work in the physical world with appropriate communication skills for the discipline.

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Chemistry Major Internships

Research experience for undergraduate (REU) programs offered throughout the nation are encouraged as summer internships for chemistry majors seeking to pursue a graduate degree. Local pharmacies have hosted BC chemistry major interns seeking careers in pharmacy. A student has interviewed to join the NCIS as an intern in the summer of 2013. The Bluefield, VA police department is willing to coordinate with Forensic Science majors for internship opportunities.

Goody Koontz Pharmacy

Carter’s Pharmacy

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

BC Campus Chemistry Department

Chemistry Major Outcomes

A solid chemistry education is applicable anywhere in the world as the general laws and principles of the physical world are universally constant. A solid work ethic is required for success in the chemistry program and this has carry-over into the individual’s career. Communication skills are promoted through the use of a series of writing assignments that progress in expectations from Freshman to Senior years.

Career Opportunities

Agricultural Scientist



Chemical Engineer

Forensic Chemist

Crime Lab Analyst

Environmental Health Specialist

Food Scientist/Technologist



Cooperative Extension Agent

Research & Development Specialist

Positions Held by Alumni

Quality Control Chemist

Grayson County High School, Teacher

Liberty High School, Chemistry Teacher

Graduate Schools Attended

Appalachian College of Pharmacy

Mercer University (Pharmacy)

Clubs and Organizations

Chemistry majors are encouraged to join the American Chemical Society which has local, regional, and national conferences where modern research in chemistry is presented and discussed, vendors offer services, and career services can be accessed.

Contact Information

Joe Saunders

Associate Professor of Chemistry; Department Chair, Chemistry






Ben Thurman

Class of 2009

"The best thing about the BC Chemistry program is the professors. They are dedicated, knowledgeable, and always willing to help. Whenever I needed help, the faculty was ALWAYS willing to assist me in any way possible."