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Study the Building Blocks of Our World

The Newberry College Chemistry Program teaches the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in scientific and medical communities. Graduates will be able to work safely, knowledgeably and ethically, individually and on a team. Whether you plan to work in research, or in medicine, law enforcement or education, your Newberry degree opens doors and a world of opportunity.

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Available Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The study of Chemistry at Newberry College offers opportunities for students to learn through experiential and active learning. Graduates will have a strong background in inquiry-based science and critical thinking skills, which prove competitive in the job market and valuable to meaningful vocation.


No matter your area of interest, Newberry College offers students the opportunity to match internships with a student's needs and interests, including, opportunities with the State Law Enforcement Dvision (SLED), Savanah River Site, and travelling and networking through the College's nationally-recognized chapter of the American Chemical Society.






Forensic Chemistry

Secondary Education





Requirements for a major in Chemistry include

  • 35 hours: Chemistry core courses
  • 7 hours: Chemistry electives
  • 3 hours: Senior capstone
  • 2 hours: Experiential learning
  • 20 hours: Biology, Mathematics and Physics

Biochemistry (72 total hours)

The Biochemistry concentration is extremely beneficial to majors who aspire to improve quality of life through chemistry. Biochemistry is at the forefront of research in the fights against diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease, to name a few. Graduates of this program will be well-equipped to continue their education in the wide world of medicine or another scientific field.


Forensic Chemistry (74 total hours)

Our Forensic Chemistry concentration is the first of its kind in the Carolinas. Successful majors with this program graduate ready to pursue careers in justice. Students will have ample opportunities for internships and job shadowing at a variety of sites throughout South Carolina, including the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) in Columbia.


Secondary Education (103 total hours)

For students with aspirations of teaching the next generation, our department offers a prescribed program of courses to become certified as secondary-level chemistry teachers. This interdisciplinary curriculum requires the completion of both science and education courses.

The Chemistry minor requires 25 credit hours in Chemistry fundamentals and electives, with additional coursework in Mathematics and Physics.

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Career Possibilities

  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry Graduate Student
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Nuclear Chemistry
  • Quality Control
  • Biochemist
  • Food Chemistry
  • Human Resources
  • Physician
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Chemical Information Management Specialist
  • Health and Safety
  • Chemistry Professor
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Applied Research and Development
  • Environmental Protection


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