The Chemistry Department offers a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Biochemistry. A summary of all degree requirements as well as other departmental information is available in the Chemistry Department Handbook. All chemistry majors should obtain a copy from the department office.

The Chemistry Department is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


For a listing of all of the chemistry courses offered, please go to the Course Listings and Descriptions page for the online course catalog.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

A summary of all degree requirements as well as other departmental information is available in the Chemistry Department Handbook. All chemistry majors should obtain a copy from the department office.


Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

The B.S. Biochemistry Major prepares students for entry level employment in biotechnical or biomedical laboratories or for entry into professional health schools or biochemical graduate programs.

Green Chemistry

The Chemistry Department also offers a Certificate in Green Chemistry and a Minor in Chemistry.  The Certificate in Green Chemistry can provide a major advantage to persons seeking employment in the areas of chemistry and environmental sciences. This Certificate is neither a major nor a minor; it can/should be used as a focus investigation area of Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, or Sustainability.

GVSU has also signed the Green Chemistry Commitment to work towards adopting student learning objectives in our courses that follow the essentials of green chemistry.  These objectives focus on topics including the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry, toxicology, green laboratory skills, and applications of green chemistry in professional fields.

Additional information is available on Green Chemistry at GVSU.

The dual Geology-Chemistry major is offered by the Geology Department in cooperation with the Chemistry Department.

What can you do with a Chemistry major?

The Career Center has created a document that outlines career options for chemists who specialize in various disciplines. The American Chemical Society has put together a website that outlines numerous careers available to people with chemistry degrees which includes descriptions of the career, educational requirements, required skills, job prospect projects, average salary information, and more!

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