Chemists help produce the tools we use, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the medicine we take. Research chemists look for new products and processes to solve problems and improve our lives.
Chemistry majors take basic core classes in chemical analysis, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, instrumental methods, and one-year sequences in introductory, organic, and physical chemistry. Since chemistry is a rapidly changing experimental science, courses are continually updated and include many laboratory experiences.
As early as your freshman year, you’ll have the opportunity to work with faculty on such projects as the study of enzymes, preparation of possible anticancer agents, and the investigation of catalysis. You will learn about and use modern scientific research-grade equipment.
Instruments and equipment include 400- and 300-megahertz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometers, several infrared and visible ultraviolet spectrometers, atomic absorption and emission spectrometers, gas and high-performance liquid chromatographs, ultracentrifuges, electrophoresis equipment, and many computers.
You can choose from the following options:
Ball State chemistry graduates are well prepared for graduate study and can choose from many different careers. Careers can be found in sales or marketing for chemical, pharmaceutical, or scientific instrument manufacturers and distributors. Laboratory chemists work with chemical or pharmaceutical firms, fossil fuel processors, materials testing laboratories, scientific equipment companies, or consumer product development firms. Chemists also work in state police laboratories and environmental monitoring agencies.
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