What Is a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry?
Chemical sciences have shaped modern society. Scientific advancements in this field influence many aspects of everyday life, and behind these advancements is a team of chemists and chemical engineers. If you’re interested in changing the world around you and improving the lives of people in your community, consider applying to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree program at Grand Canyon University.
Offered by the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, the bachelor’s in chemistry degree program provides students with a firm foundation for understanding scientific processes and inquiry. Learn to design scientifically sound experiments to test hypotheses, understand the properties of matter and explore the behavior of matter during chemical reactions. Learn to present your research and original ideas through various modes of communication.
As a private Christian university, GCU emphasizes the role of ethical decision-making within the scientific field. Bachelor’s in chemistry students analyze the roles and responsibilities of their future profession in light of ethical considerations and matters of morality.
American Chemical Society Standards
The curriculum for this bachelor’s degree in chemistry aligns with the guidelines established by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS is a nonprofit organization that empowers scientists and educators for the betterment of chemistry innovation, research and education across the globe.
What You’ll Learn With a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry
Careers in science and technology present exciting possibilities for today’s students. During your undergraduate scientific studies at GCU, you will acquire the professional skills and foundational scientific knowledge necessary to pursue your future ambitions. Develop a values-based knowledge in chemical science and focus on your studies through the lens of the Christian perspective. Consider the principles of environmental and ecological responsibility, humanitarianism and social issues as you study the chemical sciences.
In courses such as Principles of Biochemistry, Critical Analyses in Science and Organic Chemistry, bachelor’s in chemistry degree students will acquire the following core competencies:
- The systematic use of data to make critical decisions, and the application of inquiry, reasoning and logic as they pertain to science
- The essentials of chemical bonding, chemical structure, acid-base principles and chemical reactions, including radical reactions
- The composition, structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, lipids and carbohydrates, and key biochemical principles such as kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics and metabolic energy pathways
- A calculus-based study of the fundamental concepts in physics, including motion, forces, energy, heat, the properties of matter and thermodynamics
Additionally, senior students are required to complete the Capstone Project in the Sciences. This is a culmination of their learning experiences, during which they will prepare an extensive scientific report or proposal on a topic in the chemical sciences.
Careers With a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry
There is a broad range of possibilities for graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree. Some chemistry degree graduates may pursue work in hospital research laboratories, universities or government agencies. Others may choose to work in fields such as biotechnology or healthcare, or to pursue biomedical, pharmaceutical, chemical or environmental research specializations. Some specific jobs that may be related to this degree include the following:
- Chemical technicians
- Forensic science technicians
- Food science technicians
- Natural sciences managers
- Chemistry teachers
There are many entry-level opportunities for graduates with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Graduates may pursue work as a technician or assayer. Advanced opportunities may require a graduate-level chemistry degree. Some career paths, such as jobs in the healthcare field, may require additional academic qualifications, licensure and certification.
Chemistry Degree FAQs
1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Chemists and Materials Scientists as of May 2020. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as Chemists and Materials Scientists. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.