College of Arts and Sciences


Location: Crete
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Learn about the molecules that make up the world around us—from the fuel we put in our gas tanks to the complex inner workings of our own bodies.

At Doane, you aren't limited to taking notes in a huge lecture hall with 100 other students. Here you can experience chemistry through our "studio-format" general chemistry courses, hands-on exposure to state-of-the-art technology, and a variety of interdisiplinary research opportunities. We give you access to and experience with modern instrumentation and laboratory techniques so you're ready to hit the ground running after graduation, whether that be at an employer or graduate school. We also help develop your communication skills, critical thinking, analysis, and leadership abilities to make you more well-rounded and self-reliant.

Whether you're interested in furthering your education or entering the workforce after graduation, you'll have the knowledge and experience necessary for success.

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Program Information

A degree in chemistry will prepare you to hit the ground running, whether your path leads you to graduate school or an entry-level position in the public or private sector. Chemistry majors have gone on to positions such as analyst, chemist, pharmacist, food scientist. A chemistry minor could give you the technical edge as a patent attorney, forensic scientist, veterinarian, and more.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
2017 Median Pay: $51,770 per year
Job Outlook: +13% over the next 10 years
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Clinical chemistry technologists prepare specimines and analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids.

Chemists and Materials Scientists
2017 Median Pay: $76,280 per year
Job Outlook: +7% over the next 10 years
Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and analyze the ways in which the substances interact with one another. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.

2017 Median Pay: $124,170 per year
Job Outlook: +6% over the next 10 years
Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.

Food Scientist
2017 Median Pay: $62,910 per year
Job Outlook: +7% over the next 10 years
Food scientists use chemistry, biology, and other sciences to study the basic elements of food. They analyze the nutritional content of food, discover new food sources, and research ways to make processed foods safe and healthy.

Forensic Scientist
2017 Median Pay: $57,850 per year
Job Outlook: +17% over the next 10 years
Forensic science technicians aid criminal investigations by collecting and analyzing evidence. Many technicians specialize in various types of laboratory analysis. Forensic chemists typically use chemicals and laboratory equipment and computers to examin DNA, substances, and other evidence collected at crime scenes. They often work to match evidence to people or other known elements, such as vehicles or weapons.

Physician and Surgeon
2017 Median Pay: >$208,000 per year
Job Outlook: +13% over the next 10 years
Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, preform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventative healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformaties, such as cleft palates.

2017 Median Pay: $76,000 per year
Job Outlook: +15% over the next 10 years
Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They may also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

2017 Median Pay: $158,120 per year
Job Outlook: +19% over the next 10 years
Dentists diagnose and treat problems with patients' teeth, gums, and related parts of the mouth. They provide advice and instruction on taking care of teeth and gums and on diet choices that affect oral health.

2017 Median Pay: $90,420 per year
Job Outlook: +19% over the next 10 years
Veterinarians care for the health of animals and work to improve public health. They diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals.

2017 Median Pay: $119,250 per year
Job Outlook: +8% over the next 10 years
Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. Intellectual property lawyers deal with the laws related to inventions, patents, trademarks, and creative works.


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CHM 110 - Professional Development and Careers in Chemical Sciences (1)
CHM 125 - General Chemistry I (4)
CHM 126 - General Chemistry II (4)
CHM 195 - Introduction to Chemical Research (1)
CHM 205 - Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM 206 - Organic Chemistry II (4)
CHM 303 - Analytical Chemistry (4)
CHM 351 - Chemistry Research I (2)
CHM 411 - Physical Chemistry I (4)
CHM 412 - Physical Chemistry II (4)
CHM 494 - Communication of Chemical Research (0)
CHM 495 - Chemistry Research II (2)
CHM 496 - Chemistry Research III (2)
CHM 322 - Instrumental Analysis (4)
CHM 326 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
MTH 235 - Calculus I (4)
MTH 236 - Calculus II (4)
PHY 107 - Introductory Physics I (4)
PHY 108 - Introductory Physics II (4)
BIO 111 - Energy of Life: Cells to Ecosystems (3)
BIO 112 - Information of Life: Genetics to Evolution (3)
AST 103 - Introductory Astronomy (3)
AST 103L - Astronomy Laboratory (1)
GEO 103 - Physical Geology (4)
SCI 322 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences I (0-1)
SCI 324 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences II (0-1)
SCI 326 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences III (0-1)
SCI 327 - The Teaching of Laboratory Sciences IV (4)
RES 495 - Research II (1-2)
RES 496 - Research III (1-2)

Health and Medical Occupations Club

Health and Medical Occupations Club (HMOC) helps prepare members for future careers in medical-related fields (pharmacy, dentistry, physical or occupational therapy, medicine, etc.). Activities include touring UNMC and Creighton, providing job shadowing experiences, community service, and putting together a portfolio.

Health Professions Advisory Committee

A good portion of Doane chemistry majors plan to pursue a health career. Preparation is very important and involves many areas of campus—students need a strong education in the sciences, excellent communication skills, and a demonstrated interest in service. Advisors in the Health Professions Advisory Committee work with you (in addition to your academic advisor) to help plan your coursework, find shadowing and internship experiences, develop skills for taking entrance exams, and find information on the best professional programs for you.

Three-Year graduation guarantee

Are you focused on your career path and motivated to move ahead at a faster pace? We haven't modified what it takes to graduate with a chemistry degree. Instead, we thought progressively about how you can meet graduation requirements at an accelerated pace. Save on tuition and get into the job market or graduate school more quickly while still receiving a world-class liberal arts education from Doane.

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Doane has been awesome about helping me with my schedule so I can focus my energy on all of my interests.

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Studying at Doane has been one of the best experiences—I've been able to conduct research, present at conferences, and have my work published.

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