Both of the degrees offered in chemistry as well as the degree in biochemistry have a wealth of internship and experiential learning opportunities in the form of laboratory research.
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Director of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Chemistry
Administrative Assistant, School of Natural Sciences
Holistic Learning

The Department of Chemistry at HPU believes that new knowledge in the chemical sciences is only generated in the laboratory through research. Top programs of undergraduate education in chemistry utilize undergraduate research as the vehicle for the preparation of chemistry majors who not only attend highly competitive graduate and professional programs, but also are sought by these programs. The expectation is that the majority of graduates with this degree will attend graduate school in the chemical sciences or closely-aligned fields.

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Course Requirements 2020/2021
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 49
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 29
Total 128
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 68
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 10
Total 128
Requirements for B.A. in Chemistry
Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry
Requirements for B.A. in Chemistry
Course Course Title Credits
CHM 1010, CHM 1510 General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I, Majors 3
CHM 1011, CHM 1511 General Chemistry I, Laboratory or General Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 1020, CHM 1520 General Chemistry II or General Chemistry II, Majors 3
CHM 1021, CHM 1521 General Chemistry II Laboratory or General Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2510 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2511 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2520 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2521 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM/BCH 2990 Research & Writing in Chemistry/Biochemistry 3
CHM 3030 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 3060 Instrumental Analysis 4
MTH 1410 Calculus I 4
MTH 1420 Calculus II 4
PHY 1510 General Physics I 3
PHY 1511 General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 1520 General Physics II 3
PHY 1521 General Physics II Laboratory 1
Two 3-credit chemistry electives at the 3000-level or higher (6)*
CHM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 4010 Elements of Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4020 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 3
Course Descriptions
*CHM 4500 will not fulfill this requirement.
Requirements for B.S. in Chemistry
Course Course Title Credits
CHM 1010, CHM 1510 General Chemistry I or General Chemistry I, Majors 3
CHM 1011, CHM 1511 General Chemistry I, Laboratory or General Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 1020, CHM 1520 General Chemistry II or General Chemistry II, Majors 3
CHM 1021, CHM 1521 General Chemistry II Laboratory or General Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2510 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2511 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM 2520 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2521 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory, Majors 1
CHM/BCH 2990 Research & Writing in Chemistry/Biochemistry 3
CHM 3030 Quantitative Analysis 4
CHM 3060 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHM 3110 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 311X Advanced Topics Laboratory 4
BCH 3220, BCH 3510 Biochemistry I or Biochemistry I, Majors 3
CHM 4010 Elements of Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4011 Laboratory in Physical Chemistry 1
CHM 4020 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry 3
CHM 4990 Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
MTH 1410 Calculus I 4
MTH 1420 Calculus II 4
PHY 2010 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHY 2020 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
Choose one course from the following:
MTH 2410 Calculus III 4
CSC 1610 Introduction to Programming for Data Analytics 4
STS 2910 Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Application 4
PHY 3500 Biological Physics 4
PHY 2100 Electronics 4
Select one 3-credit chemistry elective at the 3000-level or higher (3)*
*CHM 4500 will not fulfill this requirement.
Career Opportunities
Students in the chemistry and biochemistry programs at High Point University have gone on to many wonderful careers after college. The interdisciplinary nature of the subject has led to outcomes as diverse as criminology to prenatal screening, agriculture to cosmetics, and home healthcare diagnostics to tailored drug therapies. The number of jobs for chemists is 96,200. Median pay for all occupations is $34,750. Median pay for chemists is $73,060. Students with degrees in chemistry or biochemistry currently have careers as/in:
Student Outcomes

Although commencement is just around the corner, High Point University graduates are already preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one…

Name: Rebecca Ulrich Hometown: Troutman, North Carolina Major: Ulrich will graduate on May 5 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Physics. Post-graduation plans: After being accepted to eight graduate schools, Ulrich plans to attend the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois, where she will earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry. How HPU helped you get…

Name: Hailey Parry Hometown: Stamford, Connecticut Major: Parry will graduate with a B.S. in Exercise Science, with a concentration in Exercise Physiology, and a B.S. in Chemistry on May 6. Post-graduation plans: Parry will pursue her doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology at Auburn University’s School of Kinesiology in Auburn, Alabama. How HPU helped you get there: “HPU offers undergraduate research, which opened my…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

It may be early in the semester, but Commencement will be here before we know it. Many High Point University seniors are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

With another successful commencement behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of one extraordinary…

READ MORE ALUMNI SUCCESS STORIES Dan Short, a 2010 alumnus of High Point University, is making a big impact on the future of the fuel and automotive industries as a fuel technologist at Marathon Petroleum Company. A native of Cambridge, Md., Short received a B.S. in mathematics from HPU with minors in both chemistry and…

With a successful 2014 Commencement Ceremony behind us, recent High Point University graduates are preparing to commence prestigious career paths around the world at Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate school programs, and many other esteemed organizations thanks to their journey at HPU. Here’s a glimpse of…

Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
SuRPS will provide an opportunity for faculty mentors and students to work together on undergraduate research projects for eight weeks at HPU.
Instrumentation
The Department of Chemistry at HPU has partnered with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to provide state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation.
Employment Opportunities
The Department of Chemistry at High Point University invites applications for a variety of positions in the Chemistry and Biochemistry fields.
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