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Chemistry

Bachelor of Science

In 2013, 80% of seniors scored in the 70th percentile or higher on the ACS Diagnostic of Undergraduate Chemistry Knowledge.

Overview

For Christians the study of chemistry is more than a way to improve life and make contributions to science. It’s a field in which to explore God’s awe-inspiring creation and learn more about Him.

Through BJU’s chemistry program, you’ll study the importance of chemistry in our modern world and learn how the elemental building blocks of matter interact.

While you’re a student, you’ll conduct laboratory work and produce professional-grade reports about your research. You’ll learn how to think like a scientist so you can tackle common industry problems, and you’ll discover practical ways to use your skills to benefit others and bring glory to God.

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Program

One of the defining traits of the BJU chemistry program is the emphasis on laboratory work. From your freshman year, you’ll use modern methods of chemical analysis to explore significant concepts and principles of chemistry. You’ll study a wide variety of topics, such as the quantum theory of the atom, chemical equilibrium and reaction mechanisms.

Most chemistry classes have a laboratory component in addition to the lecture, so you’ll learn how to think like a scientist through weekly experiments and reports that you give.

Your laboratory work culminates in a research project during your senior year, where you’ll be a member of a research team with your peers. During first semester your team will search scientific journals and formulate an original research project that you’ll implement in the lab during the second semester.

BJU Core

The BJU Core will further prepare you to excel in what God has for your future, both in your career and in your personal life. You’ll improve your skills in communication, organization and critical thinking through subjects such as English, history and science.

Through the BJU Core you’ll learn more about the world around you so you’ll be able, like Jesus was in His time on earth, to make biblical truths understandable to people from a wide variety of backgrounds. And you’ll learn how your work ethic itself can be a witness—a reflection of God and His glory.

Electives

Chemistry is a highly specialized program with all of your electives being part of the BJU Core. If you would like to take additional electives, you can explore taking classes over the summer through BJUOnline or increasing your class load during the semester.

Success

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Matthew Bedics, ’10

PhD student at University at Buffalo

In my experience the chemistry faculty at BJU focus on not only conveying information, but also teaching students how to put this information together to understand, rather than just know the scientific principles governing the world around us. This view of education and learning in general has helped me tremendously in the pursuit of my career.

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Andrew Gray ’06

Analytical chemist

I credit my training at BJU (more so than my training in graduate school!), as well as God’s grace, for providing me with the training that I needed to excel. I have received four promotions in the past 5 years, and am currently the manager over four different laboratory departments in my branch.

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Jonathan Taylor, ’95

Businessman

My chemistry degree from Bob Jones University and my overall education at BJU have proven to be a robust set of tools for work and life over the 18 years since I graduated.

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Your Future

Jobs

We prepare you for further studies in graduate programs and for entry-level positions in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. There are many options open to you, including the following:

  • Chemical Engineer
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Metallurgist
  • Polymer Chemist
  • Public Health Inspector
  • Toxicologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Nuclear Design Engineer
  • Occupational Hygienist

Graduate Schools

Our chemistry graduates have been accepted into graduate schools such as:

  • Arizona State University
  • Clemson University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Georgia Technical University
  • Lehigh University
  • Montana State University
  • Northwestern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Purdue University
  • University at Buffalo—SUNY
  • University of Florida
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Tennessee

Graduate Experience

Our graduates have gone into top companies and have become leaders in their fields. They are ready to use what they’ve learned at BJU to serve God in whatever capacity He directs them. Organizations include:

  • Research & Development Chemist, Milliken Chemical
  • Manager GCIH, Laboratory Services at Bureau Veritas, North America
  • Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Chemist at Alliance Pharma

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Career Support Assistance

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on CareerCentral, our online placement service. In addition, over 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs. The Career Services office also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

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Learning Experience

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Chemistry Labs

Our chemistry laboratories house a wide range of significant scientific instrumentation that you’ll get to use throughout your studies. These include:

Fourier Transform Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer

NMR spectrometry is one of the most important methods of analysis used to determine molecular structure.

Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer

Gas chromatography is used to analyze mixtures of organic compounds; the mass spectrometer is a sensitive and selective detector that considerably enhances the utility of the GC.

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer

IR spectrometry enables the chemist to identify key functional groups on molecules as well as to examine their vibrational fingerprints.

Atomic Absorption/Flame Emission Spectrometer

This instrument is used to analyze metals in samples that have been introduced into a stable, geometrically controlled flame.

High Pressure Liquid Chromatograph

Liquid chromatography is one of the most important standard methods of analysis used in laboratories in a wide range of commercial and research contexts. This instrument is equipped with a variable-wavelength UV (ultraviolet) detector that enables the detection of a wide range of substances.

Voltammograph

This electroanalytical instrument is used to study oxidation-reduction processes with experimental techniques known as cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and chronovoltammetry.

American Chemical Society

You also have the option of joining the American Chemical Society and attend meetings of the Western Carolinas section.

Faculty

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Brian Vogt
Division of Natural Science

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All five members of the chemistry faculty earned PhDs from research institutions and have published research in peer-review scientific journals. One faculty member conducted postdoctoral research, and one is a co-inventor on a U.S. patent issued to the U.S. Air Force. Another spent 20 years as a research chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

And since joining the department of chemistry, three have participated in summer laboratory research at another university, an industrial company, or at a U.S. Air Force Base. All have participated in the BJU Summer Institute in Teaching Science over multiple years and have a combined total of more than 100 years of experience in teaching college chemistry.

Courses & Objectives

Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Account for the chemical and physical properties of substances in terms of chemical concepts and principles.
  • Solve problems by use of both mathematical and general scientific problem-solving skills in a variety of lecture and laboratory contexts.
  • Execute standard chemistry laboratory techniques.
  • Analyze data to identify trends and evaluate accuracy, precision, and statistical validity.
  • Compose reports that communicate conclusions drawn from data analysis.
  • Design and implement scientific experiments.

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