The chemistry professors at Marietta College are always available to provide individual assistance; and because it's a small department, students have access to most of the facilities and instruments early in their college careers.
-- Sarah Shaner, chemistry major

Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry

Admission inquiries
Office of Admission 800-331-7896

To inquire about this program, contact:
Dr. Kevin Pate

Download Fact Sheet (PDF)

Visit department site

dept photo


Marietta's Chemistry program produces graduates who are ready for top graduate and professional programs and for careers in the chemical industry. Two things make this possible -- the strength of our faculty and the lab experience you get as a student. At Marietta, you're taught by professors -- not graduate students. These men and women are leaders in their fields, and they're dedicated to teaching and to helping you succeed. Plus, beginning with your first lab course, you'll have access to all the research tools the department has to offer. In fact, you'll get so much lab experience that by your junior and senior years, you'll be conducting your own research projects.


The brand new Rickey Science Center contains the latest equipment and software available for both your course work and your own research, including FT-NMR, FT-IR, AA, and UV-visible spectrometers; GC-MS, gas, and liquid chromatographs; computer-based molecular modeling software; and the laser laboratory.

Required Courses

Marietta College's Department of Chemistry offers a major that is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). A non-ACS-certified major in chemistry is also available.

As a chemistry major, you'll gain a solid understanding of the field of chemistry through courses like:

  • Calculus I and II
  • General Physics I and II
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • General Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
  • Physical Chemistry I and II
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
  • Senior Capstone Course: Directed Research and/or Independent Study

Requirements for a Minor
General (Chemistry 131-134), inorganic (Chemistry 351), organic (Chemistry 303, 305), quantitative analysis (Chemistry 231), plus 3 hours of Chemistry electives excluding Chemistry 101 and 377.

click to expandMeet the Faculty

Follow the bios below to find out more about our faculty.

Suzanne Parsons

click to expandPlaces a Degree Can Take You


Starting as a junior, you'll work with a faculty mentor who will guide you through at least one year of independent laboratory research. Along with delivering periodic research talks to the chemistry faculty and other research students, you'll present your findings to faculty and students from all of the science departments.


With so many chemical companies in the region, our majors have plenty of opportunities to work in the field through internships and summer jobs, many of which become full-time positions. Students work for companies like Chevron, DuPont, GE Plastics, and Hoffmann-LaRoche.

Clubs & Organizations

The Chemistry Department sponsors Marietta's chapter of the American Chemical Society -- Student Affiliates. The club brings guest speakers to campus to talk with chemistry majors about career development; organizes field trips to local chemical companies; and performs service projects such as tutoring, magic shows, and fundraisers.

click to expandSuccessful Alumni

Approximately 60 percent of our graduates enter graduate or professional school, either right after graduation or within 1-2 years. They have been accepted to programs at:

  • Cleveland State University
  • Concordia University
  • Emory University
  • Keck Graduate Institute
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • West Virginia University

Graduates who have chosen to pursue careers in the chemical industry or in research have gone to work for such companies as Dupont, GE Plastics, Cytec, Kemron Environmental Services, Sherwin Williams, Case Western Reserve University, and the University of Houston.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Ellis L. and Jennie Mae Krause Memorial Scholarship Fund assists worthy students majoring in the disciplines of chemistry, physics, or related sciences.

The Hans Gilde Scholarship Fund is a partial-tuition grant awarded to the chemistry, biology, or petroleum engineering major who is the most deserving organic chemistry student and who has demonstrated leadership.

The Hohman Scholarship Fund is given to a second- or third-year chemistry or biochemistry major based on his or her performance in introductory chemistry courses.

The Dyer Chemistry Scholarship Fund provides a chemistry major with a partial-tuition grant for the recipient's senior year at Marietta.

The Samuel R. Ruby Scholarship Fund is given to a deserving student in chemistry or physics who has completed a full year at Marietta.

The Hal H. Lloyd Science Scholarship is awarded to deserving science majors in the sophomore through senior classes.

The Eggleston-Ekas Scholarship assists students studying biology, chemistry, or petroleum engineering.