Why major in Chemistry?

Move mountains as a chemistry major at UPIKE. Chemistry is at the forefront of the future worldwide. The chemistry department at UPIKE offers you the experiences to develop critical thinking skills and the fundamental knowledge of the material world vital to advancements in all areas of science and technology. As a traditional chemistry major, experience the breadth of knowledge that could be the seed you need to discover a new green method to grow food or the next chemical to cure cancer. As a medical science chemistry major, you can become a well-rounded candidate for the health professional school of your choice or prepare yourself to push the frontiers of biochemistry. As a secondary education chemistry major you can understand student learning and methods as a future educator. The UPIKE chemistry department is ready to welcome your curiosity and exploration of our world through the meniscus of a chemist. Become a chemistry major to begin your journey to make your mark on future generations.

Student creating a reaction in a chemistry class.

Program Distinctives

If you seek to pursue a career in teaching, an entry-level scientific occupation, or graduate or professional school, the chemistry program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed. At UPIKE, class and laboratory sizes are small, allowing for one-on-one attention with faculty and staff. The program offers students three distinct paths: Traditional Emphasis Medical Science Emphasis Secondary Education Chemistry Major

Professor showing a student a chemical reaction in a lab.

Interesting Courses

Medicinal Chemistry
An introduction to Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology provides students with a concise introduction to the process of drug discovery and development from the identification of disease targets to the introduction of new drugs into clinical practice.

Instrumental Analysis
A study of the fundamentals of instrumental analysis and laboratory techniques in analytical and related physical chemistry. The hands-on laboratory course focuses on development of correct laboratory work habits and methodologies for the operation of modern analytical instrumentation.

Three students working on a chemical reaction in a chemistry class.

Student Learning Outcomes

The numerical, analytical and problem-solving skills chemistry majors develop are highly regarded by employers in many fields. UPIKE chemistry students typically gain all the requirements necessary to pursue graduate or professional degrees or immediately enter the workforce. You’ll be able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in chemistry applicable to disciplines of their choosing, make complex decisions, clearly communicate technical information, work effectively in teams and understand ethical standards of their academic discipline.

Career paths in Chemistry

Biochemical Engineer
Chemical Engineer
Food Scientist and Technologist
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Nuclear Monitoring Technician
Quality Control Analyst

Where Recent Graduates have gone to work or study

University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Morehead State University
University of Charleston
Summit Engineering Inc.
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
University of Louisville, School of Dentistry and School of Medicine
University of the Cumberlands


“Attending the University of Pikeville was one of the best decisions I made. It is an environment that has made me feel like family rather than a number. I got a phenomenal education and through it I made lasting connections. Not only did I make connections with fellow students but with professors as well. All in all, I am still proud to be a Bear.”



Ella Smith-Justice

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
(606) 218-5230