Chemistry Major

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The chemistry major at ORU provides a curriculum and educational environment that encourages professional competence in chemistry, coupled with Christian faith. A rigorous, medically oriented program, the chemistry major is designed to provide a working knowledge of chemical concepts, state of the art training for graduate school or immediate employment, opportunities to broaden skills through the concepts of chemistry as well as opportunities to work in chemical companies and industrial research.

The following core values are incorporated throughout the ORU Chemistry Department:

"At ORU you don’t have to sacrifice quality of education to receive a Christian education. The professors go above and beyond their call so that the students can too."

Jacob Sweat

Student: Jacob
Major: Chemistry
Hometown: Wichita, KS

  • Informational accuracy and relevance to the major
  • Attention to detail within knowledge of the broader context
  • Development of a personal Christian worldview
  • Academic success coupled with growth in leadership and communication skills

A successful chemistry major is hard-working and disciplined. They approach the world logically and analytically and thrive in problem solving. While they are willing to engage in new ideas and concepts, they are also willing to fail.

ORU Distinguishing Features

ORU chemistry alumni consistently:

  • Earn Ph.D.'s at a rate that is in the top 5% of all four-year private undergraduate institutions in the nation
  • Enter medical and dental schools at a rate well above the national average:
    • Graduate Chemistry 98%
    • Medical Schools 90%
    • Dental School 95%
  • Gain employment at companies such as Conoco, Dow Chemical, National Analytical lab, Dowell Schlumberger as well as numerous toxicology labs, hospitals and universities

Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

American Chemical Society 
ORU seeks to present the Student Affiliate American Chemical Society as a club that serves the students of ORU as well as the students of many other intermediate schools with community service and professional support through tutoring, teaching and providing any service necessary to promote the knowledge of chemistry.


The Chemistry Department offers excellent preparation for challenging, exciting, and rewarding careers in many different areas. With a degree in chemistry career opportunities are possible in:

  • Organic synthesis, drug design, biochemistry and pharmaceutical
  • Engineering, polymers, toxicology, forensics and medicinal chemistry
  • Teaching at the college or secondary education level
  • Research and development
  • Chemical analysis

Course Offerings

  • Organic Chemistry Lecture/Lab
  • Quantitative Analysis Lecture/Lab
  • Physical Chemistry Lecture/Lab
  • Chemical Instrumentation Lecture
  • Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Chemistry Research
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Recombinant DNA Technology
  • Oncological Chemistry
  • Biochemistry Lecture

Degree Plan for Chemistry


Joel S. Gaikwad, Ph.D.
Chair of Biology and Chemistry