Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Chemistry deals with the nature of all substances and the changes that occur therein.  It ranges from the study of the structure of atoms and molecules to that of the reactions occurring in living organisms.  The study of chemistry can provide knowledge that will give students a greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live.  In addition, a knowledge of chemistry is a great asset in areas such as biology, physics, and health-related fields.  It is a logical basis for premedical training.

Each student is urged to consult with a faculty adviser at the earliest possible time (even before the first semester) to outline a curriculum to meet his or her needs.  The list of chemistry concentrations and/or areas of focus are detailed below.  Although not required, several minors (biology and premedicine) are possible for chemistry majors.

Analytical/Physical Chemistry (Traditional Program w/ area of focus)

Biochemistry (pre-medicine) (Concentration)

Organic Chemistry (Traditional Program w/ area of focus)

GSU offers students the opportunity to gain hands on experience with laboratory equipment such as Rotary Evaporators, IR Spectrometers, NMR Spectrometers, Auto Titrators, and Gas Chromatography Systems to name a few!

The Department of Chemistry is fully accredited by the American Chemical Society and offers a traditional Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with the sub-disciplines of: Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Premedicine. An ACS Certified B.S. in Chemistry is also available.

A degree in Chemistry provides various career opportunities including those in the following fields: Pharmaceuticals, Fashion and Textile Design, Medicine, Teaching, Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration, Consumer Products, and Petroleum….

The US Chemical Industry:
The chemicals industry is one of the United States’ largest manufacturing industries. The industry’s more than 8,000 firms produce more than 70,000 products. In 2011, the U.S. chemicals industry had sales of $763 billion and directly employed more than 788,000 workers, with additional indirect employment by industry suppliers of more than 2.7 million. With investment of $56 billion in research and development in 2011, one-fifth of all patents granted in the United States are chemistry-related.

Financial aid is available to undergraduates at Georgia State University.  Advanced chemistry undergraduate majors are also eligible for undergraduate research fellowship funds awarded to individual faculty members.  In addition to scholarships, grants and loans available through the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Department of Chemistry offers employment to students as stockroom attendants and as laboratory teaching or preparations assistants. 

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