Chemistry is the study of matter—matter in the form of energy and in the form of mass. Conversion of matter from one form to another provides the basis for changing substances into other substances.
The study of Chemistry provides the understanding and tools necessary for a greater understanding of the physical universe. The major in Chemistry is intended to prepare graduating chemists for employment in industrial and government laboratories, teaching at the high school level, study in the medical profession, and advanced study in analytical, clinical, environmental, forensic, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The program is designed to provide theory and practical experience in many areas of Chemistry while allowing the student to select the courses that meet his or her needs. The student has the option of graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree or with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The required courses are the same for both degrees.
CMU's Chemistry students may join three organizations related to this major:
- Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society is a national professional organization in chemistry (advisor: Dr. James Gordon).
- Gamma Sigma Epsilon, Upsilon Beta Chapter of the National Chemistry Honor Society (advisors: Drs. John Bellefeuille and James Gordon).
- Alpha Epsilon Delta is a national pre-health professions fraternity (advisor: Dr. Michael Tilley).