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Chemistry Overview

Chemistry is at the root of all science courses because all matter is composed of atoms and molecules. When you study chemistry at SMWC, you will familiarize yourself with an important field and benefit from small class sizes and hands-on experience. Our degree programs provide the flexibility to lead you to the career of your dreams. With your professional advisors helping you along the way, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the perfect degree tailored to you and your career aspirations. Plus, you’ll graduate with a strong foundation in liberal arts.

Chemistry classes at SMWC are offered at different levels, including general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. A chemistry minor would serve to strengthen and broaden a major, like biology, and enhance a student’s ability to think more interdisciplinary across all areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Minor curriculum – 20 credit hours

Interested in majoring in chemistry? An individualized major is available to you. While not offered in the general curriculum, a major in chemistry can be put together through various consortium agreements and individualized customization. If you are considering a chemistry major, contact us today to discuss your options.


What is chemistry and what can you do with a degree in it?
Chemistry is a natural science that deals with the properties, composition and structure of substances. From quality assurance or testing to research lab settings, a solid background in chemistry will benefit all students’ skill sets and resumes. Students who minor in chemistry along with biology or math will find themselves marketable to a broader area of graduate and professional schools as well as many industries such as those related to:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food science
  • Manufacturing or refining
  • Forensics and crime labs

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.