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, email Dr. Saunders about your future as a chemistry major. Check out the American Chemical Society, too, a national organization that can help you make career connections.

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On-Campus: Spring Semester 2021

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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

Take a look at some of the career opportunities available to graduates of this program:

Chemical Engineer
Biotechnologist
Geochemist
Pharmacologist
Analytical Chemist
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