With several majors and minors, the chemistry department allows you to tailor your studies to your specific career goals — whether you hope to pursue dentistry, chemical engineering or environmental science.
Our students graduate with a very high success rate when applying to grad schools and professional programs. Studying chemistry and biochemistry at Hope gives you the best of both worlds — a liberal arts education that offers smaller class sizes, and a large, diverse faculty with a well-equipped laboratory equal to what you’d find at a larger university. Plus, our research program was the first of its kind to offer student/faculty collaboration. You’ll find that you’re well-prepared for medical, dental or veterinary doctoral programs if you choose biochemistry, and your options are wide-ranging with a chemistry degree.
We offer degrees that are certified through national scientific organizations — including the American Chemical Society (ACS).
"The Hope College Chemistry Department provided me an incredible foundation of chemistry knowledge from which to build logical sequences into my lesson plans. Because I know the chemistry content inside and out, I can create engaging lessons for my students and allow them access to the information from multiple entry points."
—Anna Krueger ’16, chemistry teacher in Memphis, Tenn.
- ACS Certified Chemistry Major (B.S.)
- ACS Certified Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry with Biochemistry Emphasis
- Chemistry Major (B.S. or B.A.)
- Chemistry Education Major
- WHICH MAJOR IS RIGHT FOR ME?
If you’re planning to teach high school or are an education major, you should work toward a B.A. degree. If you’re interested in grad school or work in the chemical industry, choose the more extensive B.S. degree. If you know that you want to pursue grad school and ultimately get a Ph.D., you should plan on fulfilling the requirements of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) certified program, which requires more hours in the lab than a B.A. or a regular B.S.
If you’re planning to enter medical or dental school, or pursue a career in secondary education, we can design a program to guide you down those paths. We recommend discussing your plans with the chairperson of your department or a chemistry advisor early in your program, since there are many paths to achieving your career goals.
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