Your Future in Chemistry

If you are looking for a challenging major that provides excellent employment opportunities as well as superb preparation for further study in graduate school, then Charleston Southern’s chemistry major is for you.

The chemistry major provides a fundamental understanding of chemical principles as well as training in subdisciplines including organic, analytical and physical chemistry.  It is suitable for those students looking for employment immediately after the bachelor’s degree as well as those students wishing to pursue further study in graduate school.  

Chemistry majors have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty members.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

David Perry

David Perry

Chair of the Chemistry Department


Chemistry majors are typically preparing for admission to graduate or professional schools as well as pursuing employment in the chemical industry with their bachelor's degree.

As a Chemistry major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Instrumentation
  • Calculus
  • Physics

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Chemical Industries
  • Graduate or Professional School

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College of Science and Mathematics

Charleston Southern’s College of Science and Mathematics ensures through its curricula and course offerings that students in all majors demonstrate an understanding of the continuing role of science and mathematics in human progress. In addition, it provides majors in science and science related fields with the necessary skills for successful careers in their chosen major or for further study in graduate school or professional programs.

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Science Building

The Science building allows all students access to up-to-date laboratories and modern equipment for teaching. There is also a greenhouse that is more than a campus adornment; the CSU greenhouse gives students unique opportunities that are not available at many colleges.

The chemistry department at CSU prepared me to enter graduate school with a highly competitive resume. The department allowed me to work as a lab assistant from sophomore year to graduation. I also worked as an undergraduate research assistant, and publication resulted from this experience. A career fair at CSU connected me with a chemical lab in the Charleston area; I worked as an intern at this lab for over a year. After graduation I was awarded a Department of Homeland Security HS-STEM grant and participated in a 10 week internship at a national laboratory. I was accepted to multiple graduate schools and was offered various fellowships. Because I had so many options, it meant I had the freedom to choose a graduate research program based on what I wanted. None of these achievements would have been possible without the support and expertise of the chemistry department at Charleston Southern University.

Ashley Allen / chemistry, ’15Doctoral candidate in analytical chemistry, University of South Carolina

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