Chemistry Education (Secondary Certification)

Students who choose to major or minor in chemistry at University of the Cumberlands will benefit from close working relationships with highly trained, experienced faculty members who care about you and what you learn. Small classes will ensure access to top-notch equipment in our classrooms and laboratories in our new Correll Science Complex.

The course work with secondary education certification will prepare you to move directly into a teaching career or, you can continue your graduate studies in one of many outstanding graduate schools around the country in preparation for post-secondary education studies.

All Cumberlands’ chemistry education majors complete a research project in an area of special interest during their senior year. In recent years, many of these student projects have been selected for summer programs at research institutions including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Clemson University, Notre Dame, Brown University, and the Natural History Museum in London, England.

The Alchemist Club, an affiliate of the American Chemical Society, sponsors field trips, special events, and guest speakers, offering students broad exposure to activities and developments in the field. Also, the Alchemist Club sponsors the annual University of the Cumberlands Chemistry Symposium, a day of competitive events for high school students designed to excite young people about the possibilities of careers in science.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Earning a B.S. degree in Chemistry serves as a solid foundation on which you can build a variety of careers. We pride ourselves on nurturing our students so our graduates are well-prepared for the job market, professional school or graduate school. In general, chemistry majors at all levels enjoy a wide array of employment opportunities. Graduates from the chemistry department have many opportunities for both employment and advanced education.

Potential Careers include:

  • Graduate school
  • Profession schools such as medicine, pharmacy, physicians’ assistant, dental and veterinary medicine
  • Chemical industries including Research & Development, Sales & Customer Support, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Materials Science and Legal (Patent, Product Liability Issues)
  • Secondary Teaching & Higher Education
  • Public Policy & Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science