Scholarships up to $2,500 may be offered to incoming students majoring in Chemistry and is based on financial need.
Chemistry Major – Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA, BS)
Learn the science of chemistry in the context of work-world applications.
If you are naturally curious and good at math, physics, and biology, pursuing one of Catawba College’s bachelor’s degree programs in Chemistry may be a perfect academic fit for you. Chemistry is a challenging discipline involving the study of matter, its properties, and why and how various substances combine or separate to create other substances, and how these substances interact with energy.
Inspiring Catawba College faculty who love chemistry as much as their students are accessible thanks to small classes. This assures Catawba’s Chemistry majors receive personal attention and guidance as they navigate challenging coursework to pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Partnerships with the North Carolina Research Campus, local laboratories, and chemical-related businesses allow Chemistry undergrads to put their classroom skills to work in real-world settings.
Catawba’s Chemistry bachelor’s degree programs are offered at an institution that U.S. News ranks as #4 among Best Regional Colleges in the South and that The Princeton Review perennially includes in its annual Best Colleges guide.
Minor in Chemistry
Catawba offers a minor in Chemistry.
Secondary Teacher Licensure
Your college years are a perfect time to prepare for your future career, and not just for your first job, but for all of the jobs you may hold. If you want to teach Chemistry in high school grades 9-12, you should pursue a Secondary Teacher Licensure as a minor at Catawba College in addition to a B.A. or B.S. degree in Chemistry. Students interested in Comprehensive Science licensure should consult with the Department of Teacher Education for additional required coursework.
Chemistry Program Highlights
As a Chemistry major, you’ll use math, theory and experimentation to study physical substances. Your coursework will include plenty of science and advanced level math courses, along with supporting courses in biology and physics. You’ll perform experiments and work with your hands. You’ll also prepare and present research at scientific conferences. In short, your undergraduate Chemistry major from Catawba College will prepare you for entry-level employment related to chemistry or for additional chemistry study in graduate school.
Internships in Chemistry are an ideal way to pump up your resume while acquiring real-world, professional skills. Previous internships involving Catawba College Chemistry majors have included summer experiences at the North Carolina Research Campus and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs) through the National Science Foundation.
Catawba College Chemistry majors regularly conduct and present their research at the annual campus Interdisciplinary Creativity and Research Symposium, at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Research Symposium, and at state, regional and national conferences of American Chemical Society.
Catawba’s Chemistry majors, as well as declared majors in Biology and Environment & Sustainability may apply to receive the James M. Beard Student Science Travel Award. This travel scholarship provides a maximum of $500 that a student recipient can use for fall or spring semester scientific conference travel to present their research.