The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program provides students a fundamental understanding of the behavior and properties of matter, the reactions and transformations that dictate chemical processes and the creation of new substances. The curriculum includes subdisciplines such as organic and inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, theoretical/computational chemistry and materials chemistry, which are examined for application toward technological problems in a host of fields and industries. In addition to the standard chemistry program, which can be optimized to fit a student’s career goals, the program offers specialized tracks emphasizing environmental chemistry and biochemistry.
In addition to contributing toward achieving the educational objectives described in the Mines Graduate Profile and the ABET Accreditation Criteria, the BS curricula in chemistry are designed to:
- Impart mastery of chemistry fundamentals
- Develop ability to apply chemistry fundamentals in solving open-ended problems
- Impart knowledge of and ability to use modern tools of chemical analysis and synthesis
- Develop ability to locate and use pertinent information from the chemical literature
- Develop ability to interpret and use experimental data for chemical systems
- Develop ability to effectively communicate in both written and oral formats
- Prepare students for entry to and success in professional careers
- Prepare students for entry to and success in graduate programs
- Prepare students for responsible contribution to society
Chemistry Minor and ASI Programs
No specific course sequences are suggested for students wishing to include chemistry minors or areas of special interest in their programs. Rather, those students should consult with the Chemistry department head (or designated faculty member) to design appropriate sequences. For the purpose of completing a minor in Chemistry, the Organic Chemistry sequence is exempt from the 100-200 level limit.
Suggested careers for chemistry majors:
- Analytical chemist
- Chemical engineer
- Forensic scientist
- Research scientist
Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.
Mines by the Numbers
median page in 2019 for chemists, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Chemistry School in Colorado, 2018
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