Survey of recent graduates from the Natural Sciences Division


have earned an advanced degree or are pursuing one.


said MC prepared them “very well” or “well” for graduate studies.


said they would choose MC again for their undergraduate degree.

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 sub-disciplines. 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.

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Maryville College Works is our 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

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Monica Taylor ’22
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

When Monica enrolled at Maryville College, she wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to major in; however, she knew that she wanted to major in a STEM field. Knowing her career goal is to go on to medical school and eventually become a neurosurgeon, she declared a chemistry major. “I chose Maryville College specifically because the closeknit community of the school allowed for me to have close relationships with my professors,” she said. “This has allowed
me to feel comfortable having conversations about difficulties I’ve faced during school and know that there’s someone there on campus who cares about me and supports me.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduates

Alexandria Bone

Alexandria Bone '18

Currently: Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Tennessee

As a Maryville College student, Alexandria spent three
years as an intern in the Chemical Sciences Division at Oak
Ridge National Laboratory, carrying out synthetic and
spectroscopic studies on persistent luminescence materials.
This research, presented in her Senior Study, inspired her
to seek a research career in the development of advanced spectroscopic methods.
“The mentorship I received at Maryville College was essential in my success as a student and a chemist,” she said. “From philosophy to quantum mechanics, the professors at Maryville College prepared me to think critically, act mindfully and pursue my goals tirelessly. I am incredibly grateful for the advocacy and support extended to me, even in my post-undergraduate career.”

Katherine Nadler

Katherine Nadler '12

Currently: Pursuing a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of California-San Diego

Katherine’s summer internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Calif.), provided her opportunities to work on her Senior Study experiments and see what a career as a research scientist looks like. Now pursuing a doctorate, she studies how tiny, micrometer-sized aerosol particles produced from ocean sea spray can impact cloud and precipitation in our atmosphere.
“I think Maryville College prepared me extensively for the verbal communication, which is so crucial in science and has set me apart in my graduate studies,” she said. “MC taught me how to interact professionally and yet casually with the administration, faculty and staff, which apparently many college graduates do not get to experience.”

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.”