Inspired by chemistry, engaging in research.

In high school, you excelled in the areas of math and science, and sought out challenging opportunities to use math, theory and experimentation to study matter. With a major in chemistry at Marian, you will be inspired to take on the scientific method and make valuable contributions to the sciences.

The Program
The chemistry program features Marian’s core liberal arts courses and a challenging curriculum built on the areas of math, physics and chemistry. Using the scientific method, you will undertake activities ranging from creating chemical reactions in the lab and identifying unknown compounds to writing lab reports. At Marian, you will find personalized support and instruction from faculty who are committed to your individual success and guide you toward the best path to meet your career goals.

The Possibilities
As part of the chemistry program, you will gain valuable knowledge which places emphasis on research and analysis, both through lectures and laboratory experiences. You will have opportunities for internships and cooperative education experiences, as well as a senior research project that provides an opportunity to conduct hands-on research in your area of interest.

The Results
The chemistry program prepares you for a variety of post-baccalaureate options, including professional employment and graduate studies. Our graduates have the foundation needed to pursue careers in a variety of areas, ranging from analytical laboratories, biotechnology, chiropractic medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, to education, research and development and technology.

The Marian Difference
With a solid background in the sciences and an emphasis on critical thinking skills, you will find that the aim of Marian’s chemistry program is to help you become a leader in the sciences and in society. Experiential learning opportunities will allow you to set yourself apart from the competition, whether you will be entering the workforce or enrolling in graduate or professional school.

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Program Information

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements

Chemistry courses
34-36 credits:
CHE 101 Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHE 102 Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I, 3 cr.
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry II, 3 cr.
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry I Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 252 Organic Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 300 Analytical Chemistry, 4 cr.
CHE 301 Instrumental Analysis, 4 cr.
CHE 401 Physical Chemistry I, 3 cr.
CHE 402 Physical Chemistry II, 3 cr.
CHE 412 Chemistry Literature and Seminar, 1 cr.
CHE 420 Senior Research, 1-3 cr.
CHE 451 Physical Chemistry I Lab, 1 cr.
CHE 452 Physical Chemistry II Lab, 1 cr.

2 credits:
CHE Chemistry electives, 2 cr. (choose from course numbers above 200)

Additional requirements
20 credits:
MAT 201 Calculus I, 5 cr.
MAT 202 Calculus II, 5 cr.
PHS 203 University Physics I, 5 cr.
PHS 205 University Physics II, 5 cr.

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.


Fun Fact

Marian’s average traditional undergraduate class size is 14 students, allowing faculty to build personal connections with students (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, June 2014).

Campus Info

Marian University
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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