Major in Chemistry

Become a chemist • Learn laboratory techniques • Impact your community

Chemistry is a technical field.
JBU will give you the tools you need.

In the chemistry major, you will have access to faculty and state-of-the-art labs to help you conduct and publish your research. At JBU you will get the training in lab equipment and safety you need to enter the workforce, and you will practice problem-solving and interacting with scientific research.

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What to expect as a chemistry student at JBU

Publish Research

Students can work with faculty on their research initiatives or conduct their own undergraduate research projects to ultimately publish in national scientific journals.

Work with Accessible Professors

JBU labs are capped at 20 students so that professors can provide students with focused guidance.

Use Trendy Tools

JBU labs use state-of-the-art technology and tools for research and exploration: an aquarium, a greenhouse, radioisotope lab, tissue culture lab, research lab, and an anatomy and physiology lab.

Work in the Cadaver Lab

Human anatomy students participate in cadaver dissection. JBU is one of only two universities in the state of Arkansas that make cadaver dissection available to undergraduate students.

Tailor Your Degree

JBU has two course tracks for students interested in the medical field: Pre-Professional Studies for areas of medicine, dentistry, optometry, veterinary medicine, etc., and Allied Heath for fields like nursing, physician's assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

Awesome Lab Experiences

Chemistry students can scuba dive in the Florida Keys, experiment on human and animal organ systems, and learn surgical procedures and experimental manipulation of live non-human vertebrate specimens.

Get Into Grad School

Over 75 percent of JBU students who apply to schools of health professions are accepted. The success rate approaches 100 percent upon reapplication the following year.

What could you do with a chemistry degree?


Biotechnology depends on the ability to alter chemical structures for materials and organisms like agriculture, livestock, pharmaceuticals, or other industries.

Chemical Information Specialist

This job requires managing technical chemical information for researchers, industry professionals, students, and professors.

Clinical Work

A degree in chemistry lays a solid foundation for any medical career. Students interested in further medical training have the option of joining one JBU's pre-medical studies tracks.

Research Specialist

Government agencies, private industries, pharmaceutical companies and independent researchers look for students with a solid science foundation.


Forestry, environmental management, renewable energy or environmental research are all possible options for those interested in the field of ecology.

Community Development

Students can easily use their knowledge in chemistry for non-profit organizations that deal with agricultural, ecological, or environmental humanitarian work.

University Professor

Prepare to conduct research and educate others about chemistry. To teach chemistry on a collegiate level, an advanced degree is required.

Graduate School

Many students choose to continue their study in a particular field of interest with an advanced degree.

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