A World of Discovery
Chemists today are hard at work making new discoveries with the hopes of curing disease, cleaning up the environment, and producing new sources of energy. Students in Concordia’s bachelor’s degree program in chemistry graduate with a thorough understanding of synthetic methods, analytical and physical measurements, use of scientific literature, computational methods, and communication in science. Students learn how analytical techniques work, then perform those techniques and analyze the results – in the field and in the lab. In addition, students find faculty members to be extremely accessible in and outside the classroom.
A comprehensive, rigorous curriculum and small class size creates an environment for hands-on work with chemical reactions and equipment. Our new analytical chemistry lab allows students to achieve the more advanced skills required for high-level graduate schools.
- Practicum and thesis programs feature original research and extensive lab experience
- High demand for Concordia graduates in industry and laboratories nationwide
- Career opportunities include education, research, medicine, government, environmental companies, manufacturing, and more
- Summer research opportunities through our Summer Undergraduate Research Institute (SURI)
“My experience at Concordia has definitely helped me by requiring a deeper level of academic achievement. Many of the professors pushed us to create our own thought processes on what we learned…therefore I am more prepared to take on my master’s program successfully.” – Bethany Taylor ’11
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
Thanks for considering a degree from Concordia University Portland. We provide high quality instruction across programs to equip our graduates to transform society.