Department of Chemistry

Study Chemistry at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma


Quality Instruction:
Courses are challenging and modern. There is daily contact with professors in small classes. SNU chemistry graduates are well prepared to enter Ph.D. programs, medical school, PharmD programs or direct employment. 

The Finest Equipment:
Modern chemistry is based on a variety of scientific instruments. Chemistry majors at SNU are fortunate to have direct access to sophisticated instrumentation. Instruments at SNU are: ultraviolet/visible spectrometers; high performance liquid chromatograph; FT-IR spectrometer; gas chromatographs; mass spectrometer; ICP spectrometer; multinuclear FT-NMR spectrometer; AA spectrometer.

Research Opportunities:
The chemistry department has a tradition of research which is carved out during the academic year and the summer. Students receive stipends for research. Research provides valuable experience and meaningful recommendations for students applying for employment and graduate school.

What SNU Chemistry Graduates Have Done With Their Degrees:
Chemistry is the central science, so many career directions are available to chemistry majors. SNU chemistry majors successfully pursue graduate school Ph.D. programs (Organic Chemistry, Kansas and Oklahoma; Applied Physics, Cornel; Physical Chemistry, Ohio State and Oklahoma), Masters Programs (Petroleum Engineering, Colorado School of Mines), and PharmD programs (Oklahoma).  Chemistry majors work in pharmacy, petroleum chemistry, environmental analysis, medical research, forensic science, pharmaceutical sales, and environmental or patent law.  Many SNU chemistry majors successfully pursue medical school and dental school.  

Scholarships Are Available:
The Melvin Howard Memorial Chemistry scholarships supports a chemistry major each year with awards ranging from $1,000-2,500 each. Chemistry majors may also receive Science Heritage scholarships and gain experience as paid lab and stockroom assistants.