Student in a labThe Department of Chemistry at Western Michigan University offers student-centered teaching, state-of-the-art teaching facilities, modern instrumentation and faculty with diverse ranges of interests and research. All chemistry courses are taught by professors.

The following majors will prepare you for for a variety of careers:

Arts and Sciences

The liberal education curriculum major is designed for students interested in graduate studies in chemistry. The LEC major can be taken by students intending on going into the chemical industry following graduation, however the preferred degree for seeking employment in the chemical industry is the American Chemical Society Certified Degree.

American Chemical Society Certified

This degree is designed for those going into the chemical industry, though it can also be taken by those planning on graduate school in chemistry.


The biochemistry program follows proposals by the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This curriculum is recommended if you are interested in a career in health sciences (medicine, dentistry, nutrition, pharmacology, etc.) or graduate career in biochemistry or molecular biology. It will be especially attractive to individuals who may take the Graduate Record Exam in biochemistry. Biochemistry is a growing field that is excellent for pre-health tracks.


The business-oriented chemistry major is available to provide the chemical understanding needed if you are preparing for a career in the chemical industry, outside the laboratory. This includes distribution of its products and technology—principally in the areas of management and sales—as well as some aspects of government service. This major covers a broad background of chemical science, without requiring as many specialized chemistry courses as the arts and sciences chemistry major, allowing you to minor in an area of business and become familiar with the skills of the business community. Completing this program allows you to easily move into a graduate program in the Haworth College of Business or Department of Chemistry with few course deficiencies to fill.

Secondary education

This program is designed for students whose desire is to teach high school chemistry. It was developed with the recommendations of the American Chemical Society and requirements of the State of Michigan. This major is in the College of Education and Human Development and students must also fulfill requirements set out by that college for secondary education curriculum.


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