The Department of Chemistry has served with distinction its primary mission of providing high quality education in the sciences within the framework of a Christian liberal arts tradition. Incoming freshmen in the sciences average a score of 25 on the ACT (1050 on the SAT). Ouachita graduates are routinely accepted to good graduate schools, medical schools and other professional schools. Five graduates have won Fulbright Awards for study in Germany, and one won a Rotary Fellowship for study in Russia. Graduates who have elected to pursue jobs after receiving their Bachelor of Science degrees have their choice of positions. The quality of Ouachita graduates on the job results in continuous requests from satisfied companies for more Ouachita applicants.
The study of chemistry has value for general education; for preparation for careers such as laboratory chemists, high school teachers, science writers, or science oriented business professionals; and for preparation for graduate school, medical school or other professional schools.