I would have to say that there is a misconception that the job of a forensic scientist is so ‘exciting.’ The work can be very routine and not very glamorous. … The reality is good science takes hours, weeks and sometimes months.
Amy Proctor ’93
Laboratory Manager 14, Biometrics & Identification Division, CODIS Section at Michigan State Police
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  • About: Chemistry
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Chemistry
  • Internships
  • Career Opportunities
A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Siena Heights University will provide preparation for either entrance into the chemical workforce or for post-graduate education. Our emphasis on a broad-based approach to chemical principles, coupled with an introduction to chemical research, has produced graduates who have successfully made the transition from student to professional.

FAST FACT: All Chemistry majors undertake a research project in their senior year. This includes the design and execution of the project, followed by a written report and an oral presentation. This experience will introduce students to all aspects the research process.

The Chemistry program at Siena Heights University provides a solid grounding in all the areas of modern chemistry. Our graduates have either successfully entered the work force, or have gone on to attend graduate and professional schools.

Chemistry is often referred to as the "Central Science" because chemical behavior plays a vital role in every aspect of daily life. Students majoring in chemistry at Siena Heights University receive training in all areas of chemistry and in their senior year they perform an independent research project. 

Our emphasis is on producing chemistry graduates that have a firm grasp of the basic principles of chemical science and who are ready for a wide variety of possible career paths. 

Recent senior projects have included:

• A theoretical study of compound stabilities
• Design and testing of solvent resistant polymers
• Isolation and assay of an enzyme from beef liver
• The study of the relationship between molecular structure and reactivity
• Catalysis of the hydroxamate hydrolysis reaction
• Computational study of protein-ligand binding
• Synthesis of the plant metabolite camalexin

These activities emphasize not only the abilities necessary to carry out meaningful research, but also stress the importance of having good communications skills.



Coursework is complemented by two other experiences that help to make our graduates more skilled and competent chemists:

  • The first is an opportunity to participate in an internship at a local chemistry company. Here, students get a chance to see first-hand what it means to be a professional chemist. In addition, students become involved in on-going research projects, and are often given their own projects to complete.
  • The second experience is the completion of a chemistry research project during the junior and senior years. With the guidance of the chemistry faculty, students will plan and carry out the project, and then provide a written report, followed by an oral presentation of the project and its results.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 38Semester Hours
Course Type COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 22Semester Hours
Required Credit Hours 28Semester Hours
Required Credit Hours 32Semester Hours
Total for major
120Semester Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Calculus I
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Calculus II
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Data Analysis and Statistics
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Physics I (Calculus Based)
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Physics II (Calculus Based)
Credit Hours 4
Course Name Speech Communication
Credit Hours 3
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
#1. Diverse faculty. Dr. Steven Wathen specializes in Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry and Cheminformatics and has more than 24 years experience teaching chemistry. Dr. Julius Nagy teaches General Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry as well as a class in Culinary Chemistry; before coming to Siena Heights University, he worked in the corporate Research and Development for 20 years. Our newest faculty member, Dr. Krishanthi Weerasinghe teaches Physical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry and Physics.

#2. Local connections. The chemistry program at Siena Heights University has connections with local chemical firms such as Anderson Development and Wacker Silicones. Many of our chemistry majors have been able to get work experience in the polymer industry through internships at these companies.

#3. Early acceptance. Chemistry majors who meet eligibility requirements, can receive early acceptance into Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s medical, dental or pharmacy schools.

About Internships

An internship is a valuable opportunity that allows a student to get work experience in a practical, professional setting. Students not only get to see what it means to be a working chemist, but they also have the chance to become involved in meaningful, on-going research.

Our chemistry majors have had internships at:

  • Anderson Development Company
  • Wacker Silicones

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Chemistry.

Chemistry is known as the “Central Science” because of its important role in so many fields. Some of the careers where knowledge of chemistry is used include:

  • Agriculture
  • Art preservation and restoration
  • Catalysis
  • Education
  • Information systems
  • Sales and marketing
  • Consulting
  • Customer products
  • Environmental services
  • Food and flavor development
  • Forensic science
  • Waste management
  • Materials science
  • Oil and petroleum
  • Paper and pulp
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Polymers
  • Science writing
  • Textiles

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Science


  • Division of Computing, Mathematics, and the Sciences


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