About the Chemistry Department

A Well-Respected Program
Chemistry prepares you for success in many science-related occupations. You have the opportunity to learn in a state-of-the-art Science Center. Companies, organizations, and institutions looking for people with hands-on experience seek Wartburg chemistry and biochemistry graduates. The department has a 100 percent placement rate. Experimentation and research is at the heart of the Wartburg chemistry program. On campus, students use modern instrumentation in course work and individual research. Chemistry faculty members are effective teachers and advisers, and small class sizes enable faculty and students to become well acquainted. The department offers the following majors:

• Biochemistry
• Chemistry
• Chemistry Teaching


The chemistry or biochemistry major can be used to pursue professional study in:

• Medicine
• Laboratory Chemistry (clinical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food science, etc.)
• Clinical Chemistry
• Veterinary Medicine
• Optometry
• Dentistry
• Pharmacy


Excellent Placement in Graduate and Professional Schools
You may also pursue graduate study in such areas as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic or inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, environmental chemistry, patent law, or forensic law. A number of Wartburg chemistry majors have gone on to careers in medicine. Click here to view our fantastic placement rates.

Excellent Placement in Graduate and Professional Schools
Students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry are encouraged have the opportunity to complete internships in industrial or university laboratories. Or, students may choose to conduct undergraduate research with Wartburg faculty members. Students have been selected for research projects at various universities funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program, as well as industrial internships in chemical safety and environmental testing laboratories.

Numerous Career Options
A chemistry or biochemistry degree can lead to a variety of occupations. You may find a position teaching chemistry in high school or middle school. You can qualify for positions in technical sales or management. You may work as a technician in industrial, state, national, and university laboratories. You may also find a career in clinical, environmental, pharmaceutical, food science, materials science, or forensic science.

What can I do with these majors? - Career Options

All major requirements and course descriptions are available in the online academic catalog.