As a chemistry major, you’ll prepare for a career in medical and investigative laboratories, from anesthesiology to forensic science. In this discipline, students become problem-solvers and critical thinkers with a strong work ethic and good communication skills. Bluefield College alumni serve their communities as pharmacists and environmental scientists.

A Cutting-Edge Chemistry Degree

At Bluefield College, students explore chemistry through Christ-centered coursework. You’ll partner one-on-one with faculty to design experiments using technology rarely accessible to undergraduates. Imagine using a scanning infrared (IR) spectrophotometer or a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. You may also tailor internships and summer research programs to your interests like previous students who have worked with the National Forensic Academy and NCIS.

“Chemistry is a wonderful combination of studying the created order and modeling reality with mathematical relationships,” Dr. Joe Saunders, Chemistry Department Chair explains. “A few simple symbols in an equation provide a wealth of insight into the behavior of materials.”

If chemistry is your element, complete the request information form to inquire about your future as a chemistry major. Check out the American Chemical Society, too, a national organization that can help you make career connections. If your goal is to teach chemistry classes, check out our chemistry education degree program.

The Academic Catalog is the student guide to all policies and procedures for Bluefield College.

On-Campus: August 19, 2021



Courses & Requirements:

General Education & Degree Requirements

Bachelor's Degree (BS)
General Education (53 Credits)

General Education requirements may be fulfilled in more specific courses for certain majors

  • Bluefield Core (9 Credits)
  • Composition (6 Credits)
  • Christian Studies (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Fine Arts (3 Credits)
  • History (6 Credits)
  • Literature (3 Credits)
  • Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
  • Math (3*- 6** Credits)
  • Science (4 Credits)
  • Social Science (3 Credits)
  • Speech (3 Credits)


* On-Campus   ** Online

Major Requirements (41 Credits)

  • Program Design and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • General Chemistry I & Lab
  • General Chemistry II & Lab
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Quantitative & Instrumental Analysis
  • Introduction to Biochemistry and Lab
  • Chemistry Internships
  • Science Colloquium
  • Senior Seminar
  • (Required Elective – Choose 1)
    • Philosophical & Ethical Issues in Science
    • Special Topics in Chemistry & Biochemistry
Electives (26 Credits)
Total Credits: 120

Career opportunities available to graduates of this program include:

Chemical Engineer
Analytical Chemist

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.