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Photo of a Chemistry student in one of GVSU's state-of-the-art chemistry labs. Photo taken pre-COVID.

Chemistry, B.S.

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

National Job Growth

Chemistry opportunities are projected to grow 5% in the U.S. by 2025.

Michigan Jobs in 2020

There were over 3,000 chemistry-related Michigan job postings in 2020, which is 40% above the national average.

Paid Internship Opportunities

Chemistry majors gain industry experience while earning money through paid internship positions.

Source: EMSI 2021

Program Overview

Students can choose from 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.

Programs are 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?

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