The Department of Chemistry and Engineering Sciences seeks to accomplish the following: increase the general education and culture of all students; meet the needs of students who are preparing themselves to teach; meet the needs of those who are in preprofessional fields such as engineering and the health-related fields; prepare students for advanced work in chemistry.
The department offers B.S. majors in chemistry, biochemistry and physical science. A minor in chemistry is also offered. The department offers two options in pre-engineering: the standard two-year pre-engineering curriculum, or a dual-degree program in which the student may receive a bachelor's degree with a major in physical science from Freed-Hardeman and a degree in engineering from an ABET accredited school of engineering after the successful completion of the prescribed curricula at both schools. The dual-degree is a 3-2 program, including three years at Freed-Hardeman and two years at the school of engineering.
Why study here?
Freed-Hardeman's Department of Chemistry and Engineering Sciences equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the post-college world of research, instruction, fieldwork and graduate studies. At FHU you will not find classes filled with hundreds of students taught by graduate assistants, but instead, by professors who will very likely know you by name and will greet you on the street or during your walk across campus. With friendly, competent faculty and a variety of challenging courses specially designed with your academic interests in mind, you are sure to have a positive and uplifting experience as a Freed-Hardeman student.
In addition to inspiring faculty and engaging coursework, you may also be able to further your academic experience by working in the Research Center. Additionally, construction has begun on a new science building. This new structure will feature a 20,000-square-foot wing with brand new labs, study rooms and research spaces. The new facility will accommodate many of the chemistry and pre-engineering programs and will nearly double the present workspace of the School of Sciences and Mathematics.
At Freed-Hardeman, we realize that an engineering program can be rigorous and intimidating. To aid you in your studies, we have developed two options that will provide a strong foundation for your education and career:
- A two-year pre-engineering program that will prepare you for professional work and satisfy requirements for the first half of a bachelor's degree in engineering.
- The three-two option, in which you may declare a physical science major to be completed in three years, followed up by a two-year program from another university to satisfy the requirements of a bachelor's degree in engineering.