Applied Chemistry (BS)
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Applied Chemistry is designed to prepare students to apply physical and mathematical concepts to chemical systems.
The applied chemistry major combines foundational courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics with advanced coursework in chemistry and other physical/mathematical disciplines to develop depth within a particular area of interest.
This major, when taken with general biology, fulfills all pre-engineering requirements for the Washington University in St. Louis dual-degree engineering programs, while also preparing non-dual-degree students for careers and further education in engineering, chemistry and the applied sciences.
Creighton chemistry majors are particularly successful in attaining desirable jobs, graduate stipends and admission to graduate and professional schools.
Approximately one-third of Creighton chemistry majors go directly to a health professional school in such fields as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. Another one-third enroll in PhD programs in chemistry or chemistry-related (biochemistry, chemical engineering, environmental science) disciplines. The remaining one-third participate in organized volunteer programs (JVC, Peace Corps, Teach for America), obtain employment in chemistry-related fields or enroll in MBA or JD programs.
The chemistry job market has been and remains very good.
- The ability to problem-solve in unique and creative ways, utilizing both team-based and independent learning
- An understanding of chemistry that is highly regarded by employers and graduate and health professions schools
- The ins and outs of faculty-mentored research, including opportunities to be published in scientific journals and present at national meetings
Most Creighton chemistry majors perform research with faculty mentors. Many do research during the academic year in the labs of the chemistry faculty, while others work in laboratories of chemical scientists in other physical science departments of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.
In addition, other Omaha-area opportunities for undergraduate research include programs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Omaha Veterans Administration Medical Center. Some students choose a summer research experience at Creighton or in programs hosted by National Science Foundation-funded colleges and universities across the country.