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.

Click the Academic Catalog image to view course descriptions for the Chemistry major.


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 Bluefield chemistry major interns seeking careers in pharmacy. A student joined the NCIS as an intern in the summer of 2013. The Bluefield (VA) police department is willing to coordinate with Forensic Science majors for other internship opportunities.

  • Bluefield College Department of Chemistry (On Campus)
  • Carter’s Pharmacy
  • Goody Koontz Family Pharmacy
  • National Forensic Academy (NFA)
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS)

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

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Biochemist
  • Crime Lab Analyst
  • Pharmacist
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Forensic Chemist

Graduate Schools Attended by Alumni

  • Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  • Mercer University (Pharmacy)
  • North Carolina State University

Positions Held by Alumni

  • Chemistry Teacher, Liberty High School
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Teacher, Grayson County High School

Clubs and Organizations

American Chemical Society

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.

The best thing about the Bluefield College 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.

Ben Thurman, Bedford, VA, Class of 2009