Chemistry Major

Become career ready in a community of learners. Utilize industry equipment that will prepare you for a career as a scientist, technician, chemical engineer, and more.

Engage in hands-on opportunities that will build your range of knowledge. This includes conducting, publishing, and presenting research with one or more faculty members. You will also receive specialized instruction focused on your interests in biochemistry, molecular biology, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, or analytical chemistry.

Future Paths

Have confidence in your future potential. Learn to think critically and apply that knowledge to real-world problems. Houghton chemistry majors have 100 percent acceptance into medical school with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and a solid MCAT score.

Faith Infused Learning

Deepen your faith as you increase your knowledge of science alongside faculty who care for your emotional, spiritual and academic growth.

What will I learn?

Through Houghton’s major in Chemistry, you will be equipped with professional skills as you:

  • Receive hands-on training and access to professional equipment and instruments that allow for wide-ranging experiments. The Shannon Summer Research Institute will allow you to grow in a deeper understanding of the subject that you are researching. Thrive in this collaborative environment.
  • Learn in a personal, friendly, and collaborative environment. Professors know you by name and they know the best way to push you further in your studies and passions.
  • Develop personal relationships with faculty. With an emphasis on individualized learning, preparation, and mentoring you will have many opportunities to get to know your professors on a personal level.

BS Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry is designed for students planning to pursue graduate study and professional research in chemistry or one of its subfields, such as biomedical science, forensics, environmental science, pharmacology or materials science.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses + General Education

Degree Requirements

BA Degree

The Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry is designed for students preparing for medical school as well as for those seeking to teach chemistry at the secondary level or those choosing chemistry as a second major.

124 Credits


Required Courses


Elective Courses + General Education

Degree Requirements

Learning that Prepares

Hands-on training allows you to have a competitive advantage. Receive constant access to chemical instrumentation for labs and research allowing you to observe, monitor, or control chemical processes.  Become fluent in these instruments equipping you for graduate school.

Invested Faculty

Personalized teaching and close relationships among faculty and students are strongly emphasized. With a focus on small class sizes, you will have individualized instruction and direct mentorship from faculty. Faculty place attention on helping you with your work and understanding your vocation and calling.

Research Opportunities

Pursue your interests through independent study or collaborative research with faculty members. This includes Houghton's Shannon Summer Research Institute. Publish your findings in peer-reviewed journals or present at regional and national conferences. Previous research topics have included, development of Green Oxidation Catalysts and unraveling early events in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Program Outcomes

Students earning a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Houghton University are prepared for many careers in the chemistry industry, including but not limited to:

Employment Expected to Grow 17%

for Medical Scientist
U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsSource

Application Requirements


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Documents and Supporting Materials

You’ll be asked to provide your official high school transcript and your test scores (can be waived)
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Personal Statement

The personal statement portion of our application for admission is perhaps the best place to truly tell your story, to tell who you are and what is important to you.
Personal Statement

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