Professor Bennett with students

Chemistry (B.A.)

  • Certificate
  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

The chemistry major combines study in the discipline with a broadly based liberal arts education.

Program Overview

Students gain valuable experience with modern instrumentation and the methods of scientific investigation through their coursework. The department focuses specifically on providing extensive laboratory experience to all students, to complement a thorough grounding in chemical theory.

Class projects and presentations develop the students’ ability to speak clearly and write cogently on scientific topics. Advanced students are encouraged to conduct independent projects and to participate in the wide variety of research opportunities and internship positions available on campus or at professional laboratories in the Frederick and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area.

With the excellent grounding in both theory and research, you may choose to pursue chemistry in graduate school or study law, specialize in forensics, teach at the high school level or work at a biotech firm.

For more information see the Course Catalog

The Chemistry Minor

The minor in chemistry provides a broad introduction to the field by combining a core of chemistry courses with additional study in electives of the student’s choice.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor

Department Offering

Program Contact

Professor of Physics, Department Chair

Kevin Bennett

Coordinator, Chemistry Minor


Faculty-Mentored Research

The physical sciences are hands-on disciplines, and nothing prepares you for the next step. You’ll have the opportunity to take part in research in a nearby laboratory or on campus with a Hood faculty member.

All Faculty
Susan Ensel

Susan M. Ensel

  • Professor of Chemistry
  • Department Chair of Chemistry and Physics