What You’ll Learn

Do you know why chemistry is called the “central science”? It’s because all branches of science — and all careers in science — require you to have a solid understanding of chemistry.

As a trained chemist, you’ll be in high demand for industry and government positions, and you’ll have the ability to succeed in a number of graduate or professional programs.

What will I study as a chemistry major?

As a student in our program, you’ll take a variety of chemistry courses where you’ll learn the basics and principles of chemistry. From there, you’ll begin working in our lab facilities, where our professors will teach you how to use the instruments you’ll encounter on the job.

As you progress in your labs, you’ll be able to design your own experiments to find answers to what interests you the most.  

By the time you graduate from JCSU, you’ll know:

  • The characteristics of a good experiment
  • How to analyze the data
  • What data you can trust and what you should be skeptical of

Popular classes in the chemistry program



CHE 231 Organic Chemistry I

Explore the chemistry of carbon-based compounds- the most important compounds for life and the chemical industry.

CHE 431 Physical Chemistry I

Study the physical laws that explain the behavior of gases, liquids and solids.

CHE 333 Biochemistry I

Explore the biochemical processes in living things to understand topics like energy consumption of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins.

CHE 335 Analytical Chemistry and Instrumental Analysis I

Learn how to operate scientific instruments, as well as how to interpret the results from those instruments.

Where will I study chemistry?

Through your lab classes, you'll be trained in the correct and safe way to handle chemicals and high-tech equipment. Our on-campus research facilities include:

  • New Science Center
    • Our state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2015, includes lab facilities for general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry, and other fields.
  • Shared Instrumentation Resource Laboratory
    • Our cutting-edge instrumentation facility, opened in 2016, includes a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, a fluorescence spectrometer, a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, a Fourier-Transform infrared spectrometer, and other instruments.
  • MACMAS Laboratory (Multidisciplinary Applied Computational Modeling and Simulation)
    • Used for computational research, this lab was designed to comply with the standards, instrumentation and layout used for the computational modeling lab at MIT.

What will I learn outside the chemistry program?

JCSU is a private liberal arts university. What this means to you is that your education will broadly cover all areas of study. The diversity of your classes will help you look at “the big picture” in any career you choose.

  • Classes in computer science and communication arts will give you a definite advantage in the job market and workplace.
  • Taking several English and foreign language classes will help you interact with a global community that is getting smaller each day.
  • By taking math and history classes, you’ll have a better understanding of the world around you.
  • Health and physical education courses give you the knowledge to cope with everyday stress and lead a better, longer life.

Having a college education will give you the tools to succeed in life. Having a liberal arts education will give you the opportunity to take your success further.

The information on this page is maintained by the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. For more information or questions please contact them directly at 704.378.1155.