Bachelor of Science

Chemistry is everywhere. It is used to create just about everything we use on a daily basis. From smartphones and medicines, to the very food we eat, chemistry makes our modern world possible.

At Georgia Gwinnett College, unique laboratory experiences provide insight on studying the synthesis, characterization, properties, and energetics of matter. Students will have a foundation in general, organic, analytical, inorganic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.

Chemistry majors gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge techniques with appropriate instrumentation and theoretical, computational frameworks. Students work on real-world applications through integrated lab courses, student research, and internships.

The study of chemistry is highly interdisciplinary, leading to exciting careers in areas such as nanotechnology, forensic science, biosciences, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, alternative energy, plastics, and environmental science. Students with a GGC bachelor’s degree in chemistry can find employment within these industries and as teachers at the high school level. A chemistry degree is also excellent preparation for graduate studies, chemistry education, and a variety of professional degrees including pharmacy, dentistry and medicine.

More information on employment opportunities for chemists can be found at the websites of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry Concentrations

General Chemistry

This program has specifically been designed to train individuals entering the chemical industry upon graduation. Courses required for this concentration emphasize specific skills that will help graduates be competitive in an industrial workplace. This concentration allows for increased elective hours to pursue optional studies within chemistry or other disciplines. An internship experience at a local company is also suggested.

Professional Chemistry

This concentration is specifically designed to emphasize theoretical applications and the mathematical underpinnings of chemistry. Such higher level courses/experiences include advanced math courses, calculus-based Physics, Physical Chemistry II, and a required research experience. Students graduating with the Professional concentration will be prepared to pursue further post-baccalaureate studies in a variety of fields.

Chemistry Teacher Certification

This concentration provides both depth of content knowledge and extensive preparation for dealing with the challenges of the 21st century secondary classroom. The concentration includes content courses that assure that students will have sufficient content knowledge in chemistry and related fields. It also includes coursework and experiences that will allow for the development of content, skills for teaching, and pedagogical and professional knowledge. This concentration is aligned with the National Science Teachers Association standards and will meet the requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

Chemistry Minor

The minor in chemistry is designed for the student who desires to broaden their primary bachelor’s degree with an additional emphasis in chemistry. A graduate with a minor in chemistry has considerable knowledge in chemistry beyond entry-level courses. All students not majoring in chemistry can earn a minor in chemistry.