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.
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.
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.
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.
John Anderson, ’87
During my four years at Bob Jones University, I had numerous opportunities and experiences which served to develop my research skills and to strengthen my relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. The small class and lab sizes at BJU facilitated general learning, stimulated personal curiosity via the exchange of questions, emphasized attention to detail, fostered problem-solving, and allowed the enthusiasm and passion of my professors to shine through—qualities which have served me well in my 16-year career with Milliken Chemical.
Another area in which BJU’s program showed great foresight was in the arena of communication. All of the lessons learned from those English papers and speech classes (aka Oral Communications for the Professions) have proved most handy later in life. Chemists spend a significant amount of time writing reports, experimental procedures, and preparing patent drafts, as well as delivering presentations to colleagues from research, sales and manufacturing on a diversity of subjects spanning safety, chemical synthesis, technical capabilities, customer needs and insights, and project management. Good oral and written communication skills are vital to an enduring career in the chemical industry.
Last, but not least, was the tremendous mentoring and discipleship displayed by the faculty and staff of BJU. The time they invested in one-on-one conversations and sharing what they learned was so helpful and uplifting that I have never forgotten its impact on my personal and spiritual growth. I strive daily to emulate this quality in my life with my family, friends and co-workers and have found the privilege of participating in another’s growth to be immensely satisfying and rewarding.
My experience at BJU enhanced my love and appreciation for science and for how fearfully and wonderfully we are made (Psalm 139:14) by our Creator and Savior.
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
- Polymer Chemist
- Public Health Inspector
- Nuclear Design Engineer
- Occupational Hygienist
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
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
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.
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.
This electroanalytical instrument is used to study oxidation-reduction processes with experimental techniques known as cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and chronovoltammetry.
Atomic Absorption/Flame Emission Spectrometer
This instrument is used to analyze metals in samples that have been introduced into a stable, geometrically controlled flame.
American Chemical Society
You also have the option of joining the American Chemical Society and attend meetings of the Western Carolinas section.
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.
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
Sample Course Outline
- BJU Core
Each student will:
- Account for the chemical and physical properties of substances in terms of chemical concepts and principles, and where appropriate to do so from the perspective of a biblical worldview.
- 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.