The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in chemistry.
The chemistry major is excellent preparation for students seeking careers in industry, graduate school,
or professional school. Coursework offers students depth of knowledge in the five recognized sub-fields
of chemistry—analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Students have opportunities to participate in research projects under the
direct supervision and support of full-time faculty members.
The chemistry major offers four concentrations:
American Chemical Society-Certified Concentration: This program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue an advanced degree or career as a professional chemist.
American Chemical Society-Certified Biochemistry Concentration: This program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue an advanced degree or a career as a professional chemist in the area of biochemistry and the biological sciences.
Business Concentration: This program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in marketing, sales, or administration in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.
Preprofessional Concentration: This program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, or other related fields.
All chemistry majors follow similar curriculum patterns during the first two years of study.
Thus, students have time to consult their advisors before choosing the track that suits his or her
The Department of Chemistry and Physics at Indiana State assures students the best of both worlds—hands-on
use of state-of-the-art instrumentation of the type found at major research universities and the closeness
between students and faculty that characterizes smaller liberal arts colleges. All courses are taught by
full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members, and the small class sizes give students access to
research laboratories and individual assistance.
Students participate in real-world applications of chemistry through departmental seminars by
recent graduates, talks by industrial scientists and managers, and co-op or internship positions with
local industry or government laboratories.
The highlight of the program is the high degree of participation by undergraduates in faculty-mentored
research. A wide range of research opportunities is available including biochemistry, bioinformatics,
computational chemistry, cosmochemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, medicinal chemistry,
natural products chemistry, and organic synthesis. As part of the research experience, students have the
opportunity to present their results at regional and national meetings.
Full-time, ten-week paid summer research fellowships are available within the department, while many
students gain experience through internships with local companies.
Many students participate in the nationally recognized Student Affiliates Chapter of the American
Chemical Society or the Prepharmacy Club. These, and over 100 other highly accessible student organizations,
provide opportunities for involvement and leadership that will complement studies.
Chemistry graduates secure positions as chemists, laboratory managers, and research scientists in the chemical
sciences industry. Many go on to graduate school in chemistry or related fields or seek professional
degrees in medical, dental, chiropractic, pharmaceutical, or veterinary schools.
Over the past five years, over 80 percent of the University's chemistry majors who applied to medical school
were admitted. The department boasts an excellent placement record for industrial positions as well.
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Chemistry and Physics awards numerous endowed scholarships annually, totaling
thousands of dollars in student assistance. These include the Donald and Mary Jo Stanley Scholarship
and the Earl C. Smith Scholarship. For more information about these awards, contact the department.
The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of
authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the
requirements at any time.