Chemistry

About Chemistry

Chemists study the property, composition and structure of elements and compounds and the interactions between matter and energy. Chemists problem solve and contribute to the greater good of society through research and discovery. Students in the Valdosta State University chemistry program develop critical thinking skills, learn to identify and outline problems, and become proficient problem solvers. Students are prepared for graduate work in chemistry and for employment in industry or government agencies.

Chemistry at Valdosta State University

Students in the Valdosta State chemistry program have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members, participate in research and build their resumes. Chemistry majors are encouraged to join the student affiliates of the American Chemical Society, an organization that provides educational, financial, technical and professional opportunities for its members. The chemistry department maintains five teaching labs and has a variety of research-quality equipment available for student use, including nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, infrared spectrophotometers and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometers.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science

Tracks:

ACS Program

ACS Program, Biochemistry Option

Pre-Professional Program

Minors

  • Chemistry

About the Chemistry Curriculum

B.S.

Students in the Bachelor of Science program complete a general chemistry sequence and a common sequence of major courses, along with courses in physics and mathematics. The chemistry department offers three tracks for students interested in majoring in chemistry: the ACS (American Chemical Society) program, the ACS program with a biochemistry option and the pre-professional program. The two ACS tracks are geared toward students interested in graduate chemistry studies or a professional career in chemistry, while the pre-professional track is designed for students who plan to continue their studies at dental school, medical school or other professional programs. All chemistry majors have their degrees certified by the American Chemical Society upon graduation.

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Minor

A chemistry minor complements any area of scientific study. Chemistry minors at Valdosta State must complete between 15 and 18 hours of coursework in introductory and upper-level chemistry courses.

Careers*

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Chemical engineer
  • Chemical technician
  • Chemist
  • Clinical chemist
  • Drug analyst
  • Engineering manager
  • Environmental analyst
  • Food chemist
  • Forensic chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Industrial chemist
  • Lab technician
  • Materials scientist
  • Medical doctor
  • Medical technician
  • Mycologist
  • Nuclear power specialist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational safety specialist
  • Organic chemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist
  • Product safety engineer
  • Product tester
  • Researcher
  • Science journalist
  • Secondary school chemistry teacher
  • Soil scientist
  • Technical writer
  • Toxicologist
  • Water purification chemist

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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