Chemistry - Business Concentration

The chemistry-business major prepares you for a career in business and industry by blending a chemistry foundation with courses from Bradley’s Foster College of Business.

Ready For Anything

You gain a foundation in chemistry’s five areas — analytical, organic, inorganic, physical and biochemistry. With that background, you learn how to ask — and answer — thoughtful questions about chemistry in the world around you. In addition, you take courses in economics, marketing and sales to understand the business side of industries. Courses introduce you to research, with opportunities to participate in faculty-mentored projects.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty starting your freshman year, as the department boasts a 2:1 faculty-freshman major ratio
  • Hands-on experience using state-of-the-art lab equipment
  • A senior research project that allows you to explore a topic of interest
  • Opportunities to conduct research with faculty and present your work at local, regional and national conferences
  • Internships or part-time work possibilities at local industries
  • Networking and professional growth through weekly seminars, departmental employment, the Chem Club and Chem Demo Crew

Making Your Mark

Your chemistry-business major is valuable for law school or an MBA. You can work in chemical procurement, production, processing or research and development. Sales, marketing, customer service and management career paths are also options. Recent graduates found jobs at places such as Caterpillar, Fisher Scientific, Lonza and Hydrite Chemical.

Major Requirements

Chem/Biochem Common Requirements

Required Courses - 49-50 hrs.

  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111: General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 117: General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 252: Organic Chemistry I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 253: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 257: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • CHM 292: Chemical Informatics - 1 hr.
  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hr.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 152: Molecules to Cells Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • PHY 110: University Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and PHY 201: University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    or PHY 107: General Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and 108: General Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 122: Calculus II - 4 hrs.
    or MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 116: Brief Calculus With Applications II - 3 hrs.

Concentration Requirements

Chemistry Required Courses - 8 hrs.

  • CHM 316: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 420: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 450: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.

Chemistry Elective Courses (choose two) - 4 hrs.

  • CHM 332: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 436: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 437: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 440: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 441: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 471: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.

Foster College of Business Required Courses - 14 hrs.

  • ATG 157: Accounting Principles-Financial - 3 hrs.
  • M L 350: Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs.
    or M L 250: Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • ECO 221: Principles of Microeconomics - 3 hrs.
    or ECO 100: Introduction to Economics - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 322: Business Finance - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 315: Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
    or MTG 304: Professional Selling - 3 hrs.

Foster College of Business Elective Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • ATG 158: Accounting Principles-Cost Management - 3 hrs.
  • ECO 222: Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 hrs.
    or any 300-level course in FIN, ML, MTG - 3 hrs.