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:

  • Major in Chemistry, 43 hours
    This major prepares you for jobs in industrial or government laboratories or for further study in graduate or professional schools. By completing this major and doing research as an undergraduate, you will be certified by the chemistry department chairperson as having fulfilled the course of study prescribed by the American Chemistry Socity Committee on Professional Training.
  • Major in Chemistry, 34 hours
    This major prepares you for positions requiring a strong background in chemistry or for graduate study. You may want to pair it with another subject such as premedical preparation, biology, or computer science for a double major.
  • Major in Chemistry, Biochemistry option
    You will take a core set of chemistry courses along with biochemistry and biology courses. This major, combined with a premedical major, provides excellent preparation for medical school.
  • Teaching Major in Chemistry
    This major will prepare you to teach in grades 9-12.


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.