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Chemistry, B.S.

Chemistry is a fascinating and diverse field that impacts almost every aspect of our lives including such areas as medicines, plastics, energy, and water quality. As a department, our goal is to provide rigorous preparation of citizens whose career paths require expertise in chemistry. Additionally, our faculty strive to contribute to a chemically literate society through teaching (with classrooms, labs, and research), scholarship, and service.

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Program Overview

Program offerings include a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, Bachelor of Science in chemistry with education emphasis, Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, a chemistry minor, and a certificate in green chemistry.

Students in any program can earn degrees certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry majors are well prepared to attend graduate or professional schools in a variety of areas, including chemistry, medicine, education, biochemistry, and pharmacy.

Why Study Chemistry at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty attention. Beyond the freshman year, our courses become smaller and more intimate. All upper-division courses are taught by Ph.D. chemists with specialized training and research expertise.
  • Hands-on laboratories. Students gain extensive, firsthand experience preparing solutions, conducting experiments, and operating advanced research-quality instruments.
  • Research experiences. Students have the opportunity to contribute to genuine scientific research on novel projects while receiving one-on-one mentoring from a faculty member.
  • Academic flexibility. Our emphases provide a flexible learning experience for students.
  • Professional development. Many of our students travel to professional meetings with their faculty mentors to present research findings and network with other researchers.
  • Support. Endowments provide scholarships, grants, and fellowships for student tuition, travel, and research.
  • Excellent teaching. Chemistry faculty have won 23 Outstanding Teacher, Pew Teaching Excellence, and Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring awards from the university.

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For More Information

Department of Chemistry
312 Padnos Hall
(616) 331-3317

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


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Career Options

Graduates work in a variety of different fields, including:

  • Environmental testing
  • Forensics
  • Teaching
  • Pharmaceuticals