Best fit for:
• First-time college students or transfers
• Students 18-22
• Residential students at our main campus
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An elemental foundation.
Chemistry is a discipline fundamental to a wide variety of careers in industry, research, and the allied health science fields. A strong foundation in chemistry is necessary for careers in many fields.
The Chemistry and Environmental Science programs prepare students for a variety of careers and academic opportunities. Our students leave prepared for careers in the environmental consulting field, quality control, research, pharmacy, medicine, and other pre-professional and graduate programs.
Students will have the opportunity to do independent research projects under the direction of a faculty member. Projects range from toxic metal testing, soil analysis, and chemical analysis of household products to organic synthesis.
One of the goals of the program is to provide students with a working knowledge of the scientific method and introduce them to the process of scientific inquiry. Students will also develop an understanding of the interactions between humans and our environment. All students take some basic foundation courses like Environmental Science, General and Organic Chemistry. Chemistry majors then take core classes in Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry.
Environmental majors take core classes in Geology, Biology, Sustainability, Toxicology, and Geographic Information Systems. During a student’s junior and senior years, we offer the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in conducting original research as well as internship opportunities.
A background in chemistry has proven invaluable for careers in chemical and technological sales, industrial management, business administration, and environmental and waste management.
Other career opportunities include those requiring expertise in laboratory skills or management and quality control analysis.
What classes will I take?
CHEM 1101. General Chemistry I
CLAB 1101. General Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 1102. General Chemistry II
CLAB 1102. General Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 3321. Quantitative Inorganic Analysis
CHEM 3322. Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 2351. Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2352. Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3710. Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 3990. Philosophy and Methodology of Science
CHEM 4210. Biochemistry
CHEM 4451. Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 4452. Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 4950. Science Seminar
MATH 2450. Calculus I
MATH 2460. Calculus II
MATH 2470. Calculus III
PHYS 2110. General Physics I
PHYS 2120. General Physics II
Prepare to Make a Life
What can I do with a major in CHEMISTRY?
Piedmont students have gone on to pursue careers in:
- Industrial Research
- Government Research
- High School Science Teacher
- Chemical Engineering