Chemistry is a fairly common major at Christian colleges and universities throughout the country. The Christian colleges featured in this article offer unique bachelor's degree programs in the subject and vary in size and other factors. Explore a handful of the Christian institutions that offer chemistry majors.
Most Christian schools offering chemistry majors are 4-year, private institutions, but they vary in denomination. Compare some of the schools' denominations, locations and tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|George Fox University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Friends||Newberg, OR||$35,016|
|Oklahoma Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Edmond, OK||$21,670|
|Houghton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Houghton, NY||$31,540|
|Greenville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||Greenville, IL||$26,356|
|Evangel University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Springfield, MO||$22,745|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Christian Colleges with Chemistry Majors
Students interested in studying chemistry at the bachelor's degree level can find many unique programs at Christian colleges. Students may wish to consider what spiritual growth opportunities a school provides alongside additional characteristics and resources that may help them succeed. Learn more about some of these schools and their programs below.
George Fox University
George Fox University in Oregon had a little over 2,700 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university's bachelor's degree program in chemistry includes a senior capstone laboratory course that is research-based. Students in the program also have the opportunity to participate in internships, present research at national conferences and work with state-of-the-art chemical instrumentation. Students can further develop their spiritual lives by participating in fellowship groups, Bible studies, chapel services, plays, concerts and a variety of service projects.
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian University provides students with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program that includes five hours' worth of science seminars. Students can choose from a 4- or 5-year degree plan, and they also have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and present their findings. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university had 1,960 undergraduate students. The university requires students to fulfill its Spiritual Life requirements by participating in praise and worship sessions, chapel services, daily devotionals, mission trips and other spiritual activities on campus.
Spiritual formation at Houghton College in New York takes place through a variety of service projects, like serving elderly shut-ins or working with refugee families in Buffalo. The school also offers prayer groups, worship services and chapel services. The university had a little over 1,040 undergraduates in 2016, according to the NCES. Students at the school can pursue a major or minor in chemistry as well as a pre-pharmacy option. The program's curriculum includes topics from biochemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and molecular biology.
According to the NCES, Greenville University in Illinois had about 990 undergraduates in 2016. The university offers a traditional bachelor's degree program in chemistry with available minors in forensics or physics. The school also features two unique partner programs - the Engineering Triple Degree Program, which allows students to combine their chemistry program with undergraduate and graduate engineering programs from Washington University, and a nursing partnership. Students in the nursing partnership can earn a bachelor's degree in chemistry at Greenville and a bachelor's degree in nursing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in under five years.
Students in the chemistry program may also choose to earn their teaching certification and participate in various chemistry-related conferences. Chapel and Vespers, international mission trips, Greenville Student Outreach, Bible studies and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) are just some of the opportunities on campus for spiritual growth.
Evangel University in Missouri offers a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry through its Department of Natural and Applied Sciences. Students in the program can participate in internships, work-study or summer research programs for additional hands-on experience. The program requires coursework in quantitative analysis, engineering physics, organic chemistry, physical chemistry and more.
Chapel services are available three times a week on campus, and students can participate in a variety of ministries and discipleship opportunities, including mission trips, residence hall devotionals, children's ministries and street witnessing. The NCES reported that the university had close to 1,630 undergraduates in 2016.