Chemistry Department Mission

Student doing an experiment

"If you are looking for a place where the professors will do their best to help you succeed where you are a student and not a number, Rockhurst is the place for you.”

- Ashely Neybert, Class of 2016
Colorado Center for the Blind in Littleton, Colorado

“A chemistry major at Rockhurst offers the greatest versatility, allowing you to work in a variety of Industries, pursue medical school, or even go to graduate school for computational science.”

- Matthew Schieber, Class of 2016
Ph. D. Student, Georgia Institute of Technology

The department's goals are to provide the student with sound foundations in all major fields of chemistry, to enhance creativity and develop skillful laboratory techniques while promoting a deeper appreciation of chemical experimentation and research. The chemistry department offers a broad spectrum of programs in chemistry designed to meet specific needs of students and a variety of vocational objectives. An entering student will meet with a chemistry department professor to plan a curriculum tailored to the individual's career aspirations and to help select the appropriate chemistry and related courses.

Rockhurst Ranked Among the Best

Rockhurst consistently has been ranked among the top 15 master’s universities in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, as well as one of the top universities in the U.S. by Barron’s, and one of the top Selective Colleges and Universities in the U.S. by Peterson’s Guide.

Career Options for Chemists

A chemistry degree from Rockhurst can be customized to meet the needs of a variety of career objectives:

  • Chemical Industry
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Pharmacy or pharmacology research
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Medical Research
  • Chemical engineering
  • Materials Design
  • Agriculture
  • Food and Beverage Industry
  • Government research/National Laboratories
  • Quality assurance
  • Environmental science
  • Safety and industrial hygiene
  • Forensic chemistry
  • Chemical Education
  • Patent Law