Ashland University’s Chemistry programs are designed to prepare students for their future in science.


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One program, unlimited opportunities.

The need for skilled chemists across a wide array of industries, specialties and academic contexts is growing with each year. Whether you’re looking to go into the medical field, teach, work at the cutting edge of new discoveries in a laboratory setting directly after college or pursue a graduate eduction, Ashland University’s Chemistry programs are known for producing successful scientists across a wide array of disciplines.

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A program built for you.

Graduates from chemistry programs are increasingly in demand. That is especially true when it comes to graduates of programs dedicated to meeting the highest educational standards. While many colleges and universities offer programs in chemistry, finding the right one that fits your unique interests and goals can make all the difference when it comes to your long-term success.

Ashland University’s Chemistry programs are designed for students looking to learn the skills and use the tools industry employers need, all within a collaborative environment that positions your success as the main focus. Our programs also offers you the opportunity to specialize in areas that align with your passions.

With small class sizes, access to professional state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories, award-winning professors who are personally invested in your success and with an emphasis on internship opportunities designed to build your professional network and open doors after graduation, our Chemistry programs set the bar for equipping you to succeed in a world that needs skilled chemists more than ever.

About the Chemistry programs.

Ashland University’s unique approach to chemistry education means you will learn by doing. Our four-year programs are designed to provide you with intensive classroom education that you then apply to real-world, hands-on research and field experiences. Within our chemistry department, we offer four intensive degree tracks: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry and Integrated Science Education.

Each degree track allows you to specialize according to your interests while still learning in hands-on settings that expand on classroom learning and set you up for success, no matter which path you choose after graduation.

Through our chemistry courses and degree tracks, you’ll experience:

  • Innovative classroom and lab activities led by award-winning faculty.
  • Being a part of a strong pre-professional program with an excellent track record and reputation throughout the health sciences.
  • Working collaboratively with other students in a culture of support and individual attention. When you come to Ashland University, you belong.
  • Opportunities to gain incomparable real world experience with summer research internships at prestigious research universities, governmental organizations and on Ashland University’s campus.
  • Research grants provide opportunities to work alongside a faculty mentor and present your findings at professional meetings and conferences.


Through individual attention from award-winning faculty invested in your success, hands-on experience and coursework designed around solving real-world challenges, the Chemistry degree track at Ashland University prepares you for a wide range of careers in the sciences. Our curriculum is approved by the American Chemical Society, which means you’ll be properly equipped to enter the workforce or pursue studies at the graduate level.



As a graduate of our Biochemistry program, you can either obtain employment in research, medical or industrial laboratories or continue your education in professional or graduate school. Most of our students who attend graduate school do so on a full-tuition scholarship and teaching or research assistantships. Career opportunities for biochemists tend to be both demanding and lucrative, putting you on the front lines of research and development.


Forensic Chemistry

Ashland University’s Forensic Chemistry program helps students deeply understand the fundamentals of forensic chemistry through the unique combination of core chemistry, biology and criminal justice courses. Hands-on learning in our laboratories, research opportunities and internships will ensure you have every opportunity to prepare for a successful career as a forensic chemist or in a crime lab. The possible career paths are endless with our flexible program.


Integrated Science Education​

Ashland University’s Integrated Science Education program is designed for students looking to teach all sciences for grades 7 through 12. Students in this program take many of the same classes as our science majors, and will have a chance to participate in the same research opportunities while also gaining educational field experience. Graduates from this program are highly desired by school districts because of the flexibility of the degree itself.

A Tradition of Success.

Ashland University’s Chemistry department meets the standards of and is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), a professional society that maintains national quality benchmarks for what a chemistry education should entail. We are one of only a handful of ACS-approved private undergraduate schools in Ohio, and maintain these standards to ensure you get the best education possible within a supportive and collaborative culture.

Ashland University Chemistry graduates have secured positions with:

  • Abbott
  • Betco Corporation
  • Charles River Laboratories
  • Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
  • Federal agencies including the ATF, CDC, EPA and USDA
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Lubrizol
  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • Pfizer
  • PPG Industries
  • PRA Health Sciences
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • The J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Medical practices, school districts and universities throughout Ohio and beyond

Benefits of Ashland University’s Chemistry programs.

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Prepared for Success

Our award-winning faculty make your success their highest priority. Combining a rigorous classroom environment with hands-on application, you will learn science by doing science and set yourself up for success now and into the future.

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Learn the skills you need within an intimate educational setting with direct mentorship opportunities available throughout this four-year program.

Individualized Attention

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Based on your goals for your future in science, we offer various tracks to meet your needs for your chose career path.

Choose from a variety of career paths

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You will have access to specialized equipment for chemical synthesis, computation and analysis.

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Benefits of Ashland University's Chemistry program.

What to expect from Ashland University’s Chemistry programs.

In these programs, you will:

  • Receive personal attention from each of your professors, with many opportunities to participate in classroom activities with small class sizes.
  • Access state-of-the-art tools and facilities including four laboratories dedicated to collaborative research.
  • Learn from distinguished, experienced faculty. Our award-winning faculty make your success their highest priority.
  • Gain real-world experience with internship opportunities at local and regional medical and scientific research institutions so you’ll be prepared for the next step in your journey.
  • Work collaboratively with other students in a culture of support and individual attention.
Ashland University Undergrad students walking down the stairs
Ashland University Undergrad students walking down the stairs

Fall 2021 is special.

Ashland University recently announced that for Fall 2021 face-to-face instruction and activities will be expanded. While safety protocols still remain in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting in August of this year, the college experience at Ashland will feel closer to what it’s been traditionally.

But that’s not the only reason why Fall 2021 will be special. We’re also creating brand new opportunities for Ashland University students to succeed.

Tuition Relief Scholarship

The pandemic has dramatically increased the burden of paying for an education. Out of our commitment to making education affordable, Ashland University is offering a one-time Tuition Relief Scholarship available to first-time, full-time residential students for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Tuition Relief Scholarship is powerful and simple: enroll this fall, pay your first semester’s tuition after other financial aid has been applied, and AU will pick up the bill for your tuition in Spring 2022 (as long as the student maintains a 2.0 GPA).

Dean’s Scholarship

The Dean’s Scholarship was created to enhance the undergraduate academic experience for new first-time and transfer students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences in the following disciplines: Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Journalism and Digital Media, and the Natural Sciences.

Benefits include a merit-based, renewable scholarship of up to $3,000 “stacked” on other merit awards received. In addition, students will have the opportunity to participate in unique academic communities created around engagement with faculty and a focus on career coaching and preparation.

To qualify, applicants must have a minimum high school or transfer GPA of 3.5. The scholarship is renewable for up to four years with a GPA of 3.0.

Choose Ohio First Scholarships

Ashland University has been awarded a grant from the State of Ohio to provide Choose Ohio First Scholarships. Renewable, add-on scholarships of $3,000 will support academically strong students from Ohio high schools with interests in the STEM disciplines.

About Ashland University.

Founded in 1878, Ashland University continues to have a rich tradition as a private, comprehensive institution preparing students for exciting, impactful professions and careers. Your success is our goal, not just while you are a student but for the rest of your life as a member of the Eagle family.

We place a great emphasis on the importance of each member of our community. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and characterizes well the nature and content of both the online and campus environment.

We promise to teach you how to think, not what to think. We promise to work with you to create an individualized plan for your future, and we promise you an affordable education. We promise you will be guided by mentors invested in you as an individual. They will, within a diverse community of respect, design personalized transformative experiences to develop you as a person who works, serves and leads with integrity. And we promise you a lifelong commitment as we continue to help you discern your life calling and make a positive impact on your family, community and the world at large.


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Testimonial #1

Compared to my colleagues in the field after graduation, it was apparent that I’d had a lot more hands-on experience. That made my entrance and advancement in my chosen field very easy. I noticed that many of the "first-year" graduate courses I had to take as part of my graduate program were courses I had already taken at AU. I would not trade majoring in chemistry at AU for any amount of money in the world. I loved every single minute of it. I enjoyed being in and leading the chemistry club, working for the chemistry department in the stock room and helping out in the freshman-level chemistry labs when I was a senior. The absolute best part of all, though, was the faculty and staff. My professors have been there for every moment of my life from the time I met them. Each one has made a significant impact in my life—while I was at Ashland, during my graduate degree and thesis defense preparation, in my current career and whenever I run into them in my daily life, even today.

‘17, M.A. in Analytical Chemistry with a Certificate in Regulatory Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology

— Makayla (Arnold) Chipka

Testimonial #2

I attended AU as a non-traditional student majoring in integrated sciences, grades 7-12. As a non-traditional student, I was not sure what to expect. My experiences were wonderful and pretty similar to those of a traditional student. Professors were always willing to go beyond just teaching courses; they were willing to go the extra mile to make sure students had a true understanding of the material taught. Students are treated more like peers. They provided us with lab experiences that were both educational and interesting! My time at Ashland prepared me for my time spent as a science teacher by allowing me to have tons of hands-on experience and a firm understanding of the science world. The best time of my time spent at Ashland was being part of the family created inside Kettering. I made lots of great memories at Ashland, both in terms of educational experiences and the friends I made.

‘03, Science teacher at Clear Fork Local Schools

— Sonia Kelley

Testimonial #2

The best part of the sciences at AU was the ability to work so closely with the professors and my peers. The opportunities to help with research projects, use real scientific instruments and the hands-on lab experiences shaped my learning at AU in a meaningful way. My time at AU prepared me for the future by providing the opportunity to gain a variety of real-world experiences that supported what I learned in the classroom. The science professors were extremely supportive and encouraging, helping me discover my interests and passions in the science fields during my time at AU and beyond.

‘13, Storm Water Technician/Educator with the Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District

— Megan Liggett


Take the next step toward your future.

Start your career as a chemistry professional at Ashland University as you build up your professional network in a culture of belonging, seize opportunities for growth throughout your four years within the Chemistry programs and learn the skills you’ll need to succeed no matter where your career goals take you into the future.