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Chemistry is a fundamental science that impacts all aspects of one's life. A bachelor's degree in Chemistry is an excellent preparation for many careers in science, industry, government, or commerce. Chemistry majors will prepare for pre-professional programs such as graduate, pharmacy, medical, dental, or veterinary schools. A student that graduates with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry will have developed practical, analytical, problem-solving, presentation, and communication skills. This exciting and challenging field can lead to a successful future.

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A Student presenting their undergraduate research at American Chemical Society regional and national meetings and the Missouri Academy of Science.


Students participating in undergraduate research attend and present their research at American Chemical Society regional and national meetings and the Missouri Academy of Science. Research students in the Chemistry department at College of the Ozarks have consistently won awards at the annual Missouri Academy of Science.

Chemistry students and professors participated in the Silver Dollar City annual Science Day.

Chemistry students and professors participated in the Silver Dollar City annual Science Day. 


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES WITH A chemistry DEGREE


  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Catalysis
  • Chemical Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Information Specialists 
  • Chemical Sales
  • Chemical Technology
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Product Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Food and Flavor Chemistry
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Science
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Oil and Petroleum
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Pulp and Paper Chemistry
  • R&D Management
  • Science Writing
  • Textile Chemistry
  • Water Chemistry

Research Opportunities


The Chemistry major at College of the Ozarks culminates in three semesters of research during the student's junior and senior years.

Topics of current research include:

  • Use of organic extractants to remove heavy metals from contaminated soil and water
  • Synthesis of heterocyclic and fluorine containing substances
  • Pharmaceuticals in natural waters
  • Capillary electrophoresis of biomolecules
  • Protein interactions
  • NMR measurements of brain metabolites
  • Interferences in medical glucose testing

 

Students often report their research results at national and regional chemistry meetings.

Laboratories & Equipment


 The Chemistry department occupies the third floor of the Pfeiffer Science building. The department has three fully equipped laboratories, including a general chemistry lab, an analytical lab, and an organic lab. The laboratories house a gas chromatograph and a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer, an infrared spectrometer, a high pressure liquid chromatograph, gel electrophoresis and capillary electrophoresis instruments, a bomb calorimeter, a fluorometer, two ultra-violet/visual scanning spectrometers, an electrochemical detector, two rotary evaporators, an atomic absorbance spectrometer, a defractometer, and a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. All three laboratories have proper safety equipment.

Also available in the Chemistry department is a computer lounge. Available software allows three dimensional and computational modeling of compounds and the ability to predict experimental results. Data from the lab can be processed and interpreted by the computers.

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