A Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - General, is designed for students who have an interest in chemistry or need some general chemical knowledge for their future career, but who require a less extensive background in chemistry than that presented in the Chemistry Major. Often selected by students interested pre-professional programs, the major is also chosen by those who desire a broader experience in other disciplines, or those who want to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
Students in the Chemistry-General program will learn about chemical principles both quantitatively and qualitatively, in addition to acquiring hands-on laboratory experience. Students will learn how to develop hypotheses and design experiments, make measurements and observations, collect, organize and analyze data, and use instrumentation. Graduates will have the solid chemistry background needed to work in industrial, environmental, and government chemistry laboratories, as well as in health-related fields such as medicine and dentistry. They also may incorporate their knowledge of chemistry with other fields and assume responsibilities in technical writing, patent law, or industrial health and safety.
In addition to taking both lecture and laboratory courses, many general Chemistry majors choose to participate in individual mentored research with a faculty member. This training in research deepens their scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills and often includes opportunities to present research findings both to other EMU students as well as at regional or national conferences. There are many career paths available to Chemistry-General graduates.
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