Why study Chemistry at MC?

The curriculum in chemistry affords students sound training in the principles and techniques of modern chemical theory and experimentation. The program integrates laboratory, theoretical, and research skills to provide the range of abilities needed by the practicing chemist, and yet permits concentration in the organic, biochemical, analytical or physical subdisciplines. Opportunity for research through the Oak Ridge Associated Universities and National Laboratories such as Argonne, Brookhaven, Los Alamos, and Oak Ridge complement the curriculum.

Three distinct major programs are offered: the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry, the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, and the Chemistry for Teacher Licensure Degree.

 The Majors in Chemistry provide a comprehensive curriculum for students planning careers in which chemical knowledge plays a central role. With careful elective choice students may pursue careers as professional chemists and enter graduate school programs that lead to a variety of research-oriented careers, or they may enter medical school or other health-related programs.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

External Relationships

Blount Memorial Hospital
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine

Meet a current student

Ryan Haley ’17
Hometown: Maryville, Tenn.

Ryan plans to study theoretical chemistry and enter full-time research after earning a Ph.D. He spent the summer of 2016 in a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Kansas State University, where he worked on an independent chemistry project. “My professors have expertly advised me throughout my time here, convincing me that my skills are best put to use in a research environment,” he said. “Were it not for having chosen this institution, I may not have pushed myself to pursue a summer REU. That practical experience will prove invaluable to me as I transition into a graduate research position and begin to explore chemical science as a professional.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Matt Murrill ’08
Currently: MD-PhD candidate in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health

While a student at MC, Matt found a love for work at the intersection of medicine and public health. Prior to enrolling at Johns Hopkins, he investigated groundwater arsenic contamination in India as a Fulbright-Nehru Fellow. For his recent research on drug-resistant tuberculosis, Matt was named the 2016 IDSA Education and Research Foundation Medical Scholar. “Exposure to diverse perspectives through the core curriculum, conversations with many wonderfully supportive faculty, and even physical chemistry laboratory exercises fundamentally shaped my interests and led to opportunities for exploration,” he said. “My time at Maryville College was absolutely instrumental in cultivating my passion for research and medicine, and faculty members have continued to tirelessly advocate for my development long after graduation.”