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Bachelor of Science

Chemistry is everywhere in the world around us. It is the fabric of the world woven into everything in what we eat, what we breathe, in how we live, in what we are. Chemistry is a broad, interdisciplinary, and evolving field that shares boundaries with the life sciences, physics, and engineering. The Clarke chemistry major combines rigor with flexibility, allowing you to explore chemistry and related areas while preparing for a wide range of careers and professions. Chemists today are tackling issues such as global climate change, energy resources, genetic manipulation of crops, re-emerging diseases and their treatment, and environmental pollution.

Program Details

When you investigate chemical principles, you have the basis to better understand the world and how to function in that world. You’ll build this foundation in a context that helps you become a scientifically responsible citizen with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will allow you to be successful in scientific and non-scientific professions. Clarke’s use of technology is unmatched – from hand-held data collection to molecular modeling. The ability to visualize is stressed – which is important to learning. You will also become skilled at analyzing the bioethical issues challenging the scientific community.

Classes You’ll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

View Our Faculty & Staff
Sunil Malapati, Ph.D.

I am very proud to be part of a department that sets very high standards for student achievement, and our students have risen to the challenge.

Necla Demir, Ph.D.

Necla Demir, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry/Food Science

I am passionate about teaching and learning from challenging students.

Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Karen Glover, Ph.D.

Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry

The technology-rich environment at Clarke provides students with great hands-on opportunities.

Jason Stecklein, Ph.D.

Jason Stecklein, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics

Learning is the public and private negotiation of understanding.

Tony Breitbach, Ph.D.

Tony Breitbach, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

My goal as an instructor is to facilitate students in realizing their educational goals, and to foster a deeper understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment for the subject.

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There’s more to college than going to class.

The Classroom and Beyond

But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Emily (Rossini) Komoroske

Emily (Rossini) Komoroske

Chemistry ‘09

My chemistry professors at Clarke helped encourage my critical thinking, showed me the benefits of being thorough, and facilitated my personal and professional growth.

Zachary Breitbach

Zachary Breitbach

Chemistry ‘05

In my current position, I mentor graduate researchers. I get to know each student personally and become invested in their success, just as my major professors at Clarke did for me.

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Job placement

Percent of Clarke chemistry graduates who secured a job in their chosen field or enrolled in graduate school by August.

85.2 %
Happy people

Chemistry majors rate among the highest in job satisfaction after graduation – 85.2% – according to studentsreview.com.

Student to faculty ratio

Work one-on-one with faculty on an undergraduate research project – an important criterion for entering graduate school.

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