The Chemistry major at Tusculum University is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the four principal sub-disciplines of Chemistry-Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, students will be prepared for a successful career in the chemical sciences and will be prepared to pursue employment directly after degree completion, Master’s or Ph.D. studies, or professional schools. Students wishing to pursue a career in the health professions, including pharmacy, medical, veterinarian, and dental will be prepared to do so with choosing a Chemistry major. Students interested in applying to pharmacy school should select the Pre-Pharmacy concentration. A Biology minor is recommended for Chemistry majors interested in other medical professions. In addition to the rigorous study of Chemistry, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the fields of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Programming.
The Chemistry program has a wide range of instrumentation utilized for both teaching and research. Major equipment includes NMR spectrometer, atomic absorption spectrometer, dispersive IR spectrometer, Fourier-Transform IR spectrometer, UV-VIS photodiode array spectrometer and scanning spectrometers, chromatographs (both gas and HPLC), gas chromatography-mass spectrometer, potentiostat, microwave reactor, photolysis equipment, polarimeter, centrifuges, rotary evaporators, and computers designated for computational work.
Chemistry faculty members are dedicated to providing undergraduate research opportunities. Students will be highly encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research, either under the direction of a Tusculum faculty member or through external internships and research opportunities at other universities. Independent research is a critical aspect of student preparation for employment, graduate school, or professional school. Research projects are often collaborative in nature, including students and faculty from other disciplines, such as Biology or Mathematics. The curriculum for the Chemistry major is designed to develop and maintain skills in critical thinking, analytical reading and writing, and public presentation of scientific results to an audience of scientists and non-scientists. Service learning and community involvement are important components of the curriculum.
Chemistry, Pre-Pharmacy Concentration, (BS)