Chair: Professor Karty


The Department of Chemistry offers courses of study leading to a Bachelor of Science degree (65 semester hours), Bachelor of Arts degree (49 semester hours), a Bachelor of Arts degree in Science Education with Secondary Science Comprehensive Licensure and a concentration in Chemistry (92 semester hours), or a minor in Chemistry (24 semester hours). Students satisfying the requirements of the B.S. degree will be certified by the American Chemical Society.

Students who major in chemistry are qualified for many pursuits. They may choose to work in the chemical industry, continue advanced studies in chemistry, take professional training in medicine, dentistry or other health-related fields, prepare to teach at the secondary level or pursue opportunities in related fields (environmental science, forensics, business and industry).

Elon’s chemistry program provides the opportunity for students to engage with faculty in undergraduate research and to gain direct experience with new instrumentation using today’s state-of-the-art technology. The results of the research projects are presented at local, regional and national scientific meetings.

Another key feature of the program is the introduction and use of instrumentation in the first-year general chemistry sequence and its continued emphasis throughout the chemistry curriculum. Student participation in assisting in laboratory and recitation instruction is strongly advised and supported.

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