Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
Degree Type: 
Undergraduate

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.

Project SERVE seeks talented students majoring in Science or Math to pursue teaching in schools where they're needed the most. Doane was awarded a $1.2M National Science Foundation grant to support these efforts.

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At Doane University, we reward students for their achievements both in and outside of the classroom. Through scholarships, grants, work-study, and on-campus employment, our students look forward to starting jobs, not payment plans.

 
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With over 60 student-led clubs and organizations, including a Student Programming Board that sponsors competitions and guest appearances, our campus is a community. From Athletes to Zumba enthusiasts, there is a place for you at Doane University.

 
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One of the most important college experiences is engaging and learning in your classes. At the Doane Learning Center, our students have free access to academic counseling and support to exceed in their studies.

 

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.

Pharmacist
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.

Professor
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.

Dentist
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.

Veterinarian
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.

Lawyer
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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Requirements for the Chemistry Major:

Complete 1 or 2.

Option 1

Complete the following:

Note:

RES 495 and RES 496 for 2 credits each may be substituted for CHM 495 and CHM 496.

Option 2: Chemistry Teaching

Students seeking certification for teaching in chemistry must complete:

The following natural science methods course:

One additional teaching major.

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

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.

Project SERVE & Noyce Scholars

Interested in having K-12 students get excited about science? Doane has received the largest National Science Foundation grant in school history with a goal of recruiting and retaining STEM teachers in urban and rural schools in Nebraska, where they are needed the most. Ten Doane undergraduate STEM students will receive $14,000 in their junior year and $24,000 in their senior year and become apart of a group of students who will participate in seminars, have a mentor from a urban or rural school and attend STEM education conferences all with a goal of preparing you to teach in a high need urban or rural school. Learn More

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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Success Story

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

Bret Andrew ’18

Biology

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Success Story

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.

Helena Valquier-Flynn ’18

Biochemistry

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