Chemistry class


Chemistry examines the structure and behavior of matter at the atomic and molecular level. This path of study has close links to almost all other areas of science and technology, creating a wide range of opportunities. Students gain hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of the molecular principles of chemistry through coursework, labs, senior research projects and internships. 

Why Chemistry at Stetson University?

Stetson's chemistry program offers comprehensive instruction led by dedicated faculty who provide close attention to the needs and interests of each student. Students gain a deep understanding of the major concepts in chemistry, as well as problem-solving, teamwork, and written and oral communication. Stetson's Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society, ensuring students receive the highest quality instruction needed to become effective scientific professionals. ACS-approved programs provide a rigorous and broad-based education, and students receive foundational coursework in the five subdisciplines of chemistry, as well as additional in-depth courses and laboratory experiences.

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Luis Melecio-Zambrano '18 Chemistry, MS Chemistry '20

"I took an organic chemistry class ... and that kind of beauty, that ability to dive into something and explain it captured me. I was working with my mentor, and I was like, 'Hey, we're probably some of the first people who've ever done this, right?' He said, 'No, we're definitely one of the first.' "

Luis Melecio-Zambrano ’18 Chemistry, MS Chemistry ’20, Cornell University, currently science writer at University of Pennsylvania

Darash Desai, 08' Biochemistry and Physics

"When I first arrived at Stetson, I was your run-of-the-mill, math-and-science geek. I can point to a lot of reasons that changed, but the crux of it came down to one thing: Stetson. Cultivates. Character."

Darash Desai, 08’ Biochemistry and Physics, PhD ’14 Biomedical/Medical Engineering, Boston University, currently Senior Research Scientist at Boston University

Career Outcomes

Overall employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 6% through 2030. The median annual wage for chemists was $79,430 in May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In recent years, half of our graduates have entered reputable graduate, medical, dental or other health science master's and doctoral programs at leading colleges and universities, including Notre Dame University, Duke University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Medical School, University of Florida - College of Medicine, University of Florida Pharmacy and the University of Michigan.

Our alumni work in such areas as environmental labs, for manufacturers of healthcare and consumer products, and as high school teachers and college professors. Graduates with experience in data analysis, budgeting, product development, technical writing or even Python coding may find salary offers above the norm.

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The department offers ACS-certified Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and in Biochemistry, available only from colleges and universities on a nationally recognized list of chemistry programs approved by the American Chemical Society.

All 200-level courses are foundational courses and 300-level courses are in-depth courses, as specified by the ACS. Chemistry majors take two units of general chemistry, five foundations courses, three in-depth courses and the senior research project in order to fulfill the requirements for the ACS-certified major. This rigorous curriculum provides an excellent launching point for advanced study and for careers in areas from medicine to plastics, as well as fields involving our planet's atmosphere, alternative forms of energy production, and more.


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