Chemistry and biochemistry majors are also required to perform independent research for a minimum of one year. Research projects are chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty mentor, and students are encouraged to present the results of their work at local, regional, and/or national chemistry conferences.
What will I be doing?
During the first two years of the program, students have an opportunity to explore the basic theories and ideas in chemistry in the first-year general chemistry lecture and laboratory courses. Students also investigate how chemical reactions proceed in the second-year organic chemistry classes. During the student’s third and fourth years in the program, upper-level courses, like instrumental analysis, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, physical chemistry, quantitative analysis, medicinal chemistry, and environmental chemistry, are offered on an every-other-year cycle.
In addition to lecture and laboratory work, students also take chemical literature, introduction to research, and chemical research courses during the third and fourth years. In these courses, students explore interesting research articles and topics from the literature, design a research project, and perform independent chemical or biochemical research under the direction of one of TMU’s distinguished faculty.
Chemistry and biochemistry are both very versatile majors. For students who are interested in applying to medical school or pharmacy school, TMU has designed pre-med and pre-pharm courses of study. Students interested in forensic science are encouraged to complete a concentration in forensic science alongside the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, or Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. In addition to these tracks and concentrations, TMU also encourage students to complement the chemistry major with an additional minor as scheduling permits.
Who will I be learning from?
Chemistry courses are taught by full-time, Ph.D. chemists with specialties in the areas of analytical chemistry, biochemistry, environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.
Where do alumni work or pursue advanced degrees?
Recent graduates from the chemistry department have been employed as chemists at Procter & Gamble, Angstrom Corporation, Flavor Producers, the Northern Kentucky Water District, and the USDA Forensic Chemistry Center, among others. Recent graduates have also gone on to graduate school in chemistry, medical school, and pharmacy school.
What careers will be open to me?
A chemist, or biochemist, typically finds employment working in a laboratory immediately upon graduation. A bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry is excellent preparation for advanced studies in chemistry, medicine, pharmacy, law, etc.
What experiential learning opportunities will I have?
All Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry majors are required to perform an independent research project under the direction of one chemistry faculty member. Similarly, all Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry majors and students earning a chemistry minor are invited to perform research as well. The program encourages students to build their professional resumes by presenting the results of this research at local, regional, and/or national chemistry conferences. In addition to research at Thomas More, students have also applied for and been awarded competitive Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) positions during the summer with West Virginia University, NASA, and the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.
What scholarships or aid are available?
Generous donations from alumni allow TMU to offer three scholarships to deserving majors. The Zembrodt Chemistry Scholarship, B’Hymer Chemistry Scholarship, and Sr. Mary Julitta Chemistry Scholarship are awarded annually to students in the chemistry department.