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College of Arts & Sciences


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Lily Bay

Administrative Assistant

Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science

What is a chemistry degree?


Chemistry is the study of the interaction between matter and energy. It is sometimes referred to as the central science because it combines physics, mathematics, environmental science, and biology to gain a better understanding of our world.

Chemistry is in the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the water you drink, and the air you breathe. It’s everywhere. The field of chemistry is diverse and offers a variety of branches to explore analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, environmental chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering.

Why major in chemistry at Baker University?

Baker University provides an enhanced learning environment for you to thrive. You’ll benefit from small classes, participation in hands-on activities with the latest equipment in the chemistry lab and classroom, the opportunity to conduct chemical research, and individualized attention from faculty.

Chemistry majors at Baker University learn the importance of mastering chemistry in the real world using cutting-edge instrumentation, which will make you career ready or prepare you for graduate school.

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Career Opportunities in Chemistry

A chemistry degree can open the door to a wide range of science-related jobs, particularly if you choose to pursue an advanced degree or professional school.

  • Toxicologist
  • Chemical engineer
  • Environmental chemist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Analytical chemist
  • Geochemist
  • Food scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical doctor
  • Chemistry professor or teacher

Chemistry Course Descriptions


Chemistry Majors

The Department of Chemistry gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Joanne M. Howard Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a woman pursuing a career in medicine or medical research. Learn more.
  • Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Biology
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Chemistry
  • Howard T. Bonnett Scholarship and Mrs. Ivan L. Boyd Scholarship
  • Margaret E. Scanlon Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • E.J. Cragoe Scholarship
  • Sonia Browning Endowed Scholarship
  • Doris Cink and Kathryn Zimney Endowed Scholarship

Do you want to teach chemistry?

Baker University’s undergraduate education programs license teachers in chemistry (6-12). Students pursuing a degree in education and teacher licensure work closely with faculty advisors from the School of Education to fulfill the requirements for a degree from Baker University and teacher licensure in Kansas. Candidates are required to complete education course work and the required course work in at least one content area.

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Noyce Scholarship & ASTRA Program

The Noyce Scholarship and ASTRA Program trains excellent STEM teachers. Through the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant from the National Science Foundation, Noyce scholars will be awarded a scholarship of $11,000 during their junior and senior years as they tackle a demanding course load that culminates in a double major in education and either biology, chemistry, or mathematics.

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Meet the Faculty


Molly Anderson

Assistant Professor of Laboratory Instruction

B.S. Baker University, M.S. Johns Hopkins University

Expertise: chemical education

Office: Boyd Science Center 302

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Dr. Jamin Perry

Associate Professor of Chemistry, R. Milford White Chair of Chemistry, Director of Pre-engineering

B.S. Missouri Southern State University, Ph.D. University of Missouri at Columbia

Expertise: physical chemistry

Office: Boyd Science Center 301

Dr. Jackie Dillon

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

B.S. Baker University, Ph.D. University of Kansas Medical Center

Expertise: organic chemistry, biochemistry

Office: Boyd Science Center 303