Mount Mercy University prepares graduates from its chemistry program to lead a new era of scientific advancements.

Whether focused on one or more areas of emphasis—chemistry, biochemistry, or forensic science—students are encouraged to follow their passions.

From health care to law, agriculture, food science, and environmental research— chemistry touches multiple facets of life. Grounded in an understanding of the nature of matter, MMU’s chemistry majors are prepared to conserve and enhance our world.

Mount Mercy students find jobs in a wide range of technical and scientific fields. The chemistry major or minor can be paired with our other distinguished programs, preparing them for entrance into professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, chiropractic medicine, physician assistant and occupational therapy.

Mount Mercy's award-winning faculty guide student research in our cutting-edge, 24-hour laboratories. A fire-breathing chemistry professor, engaging curriculum, research opportunities and our caring, close-knit campus culture are highlights of an immersive, hands-on learning experience.

Chemistry majors can also plug into Science Club which offers an outlet for scholars to present ideas at local schools and hosts CheMMUsical, a creative mix of chemistry experiments, songs and colors that spark school-aged children-interest in the world of science.

What can I do with a chemistry degree?

Graduates of Mount Mercy’s chemistry program often continue their education and earn advanced degrees in dentistry, medicine, optometry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, or physician's assistant.

A chemistry degree is excellent preparation for a wide variety of career goals, such as:

  • Medicine (MD or DO)
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Physician's Assistant (PA)
  • Graduate school in chemistry or chemical engineering
  • Industrial research careers
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Formulations chemistry
  • Forensic science/criminal investigations
  • Pharmaceutical, biological, chemical, or technical sales or support
  • Patent and Intellectual Property Law
  • Medical/Clinical laboratory

“Chemistry is all around us and you do ‘chemistry’ every day – even without knowing it! Studying chemistry helps you understand how the world works – and knowledge is power. The study of chemistry provides a firm foundation for many other subjects and can give you an advantage when it comes to searching for and finding a job or applying to graduate school or a professional school, like medical or dental school.”

Kristopher Keuseman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mount Mercy University