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Program Overview

Program Overview

Every day, chemists are working to improve life in the world. Whether it's testing new drugs to cure disease, or looking for ways to protect our environment, we're making our mark on the world. Learn from our expert faculty and grow in service, part-time employment and leadership. Get the one-on-one attention you need to excel in your career path. 

Our program sets itself apart by being distinctly Christian — with a plethora of research opportunities. We provide flexible emphases for our applied chemistry major, from computer science or mathematics to business, green chemistry, environmental chemistry and forensic science. 

The applied path is perfect for those who want extra flexibility and the option to pursue diverse emphases that align with your niche. Join our distinguished graduates in every sector of chemistry, from the industrial sector to nonprofits, government and education. For example, you could earn required pre-pharmacy requirements while gaining the business skills you need. And if you choose the professional chemistry major, you’ll be in good company. It has a history of Lipscomb graduates with prestigious careers. They generally wind up in industrial or academic research, at such organizations as BP America, NASA and Conoco-Phillips.

So upon graduation, no matter what path you choose in chemistry, you’ll be ready to start your career in the chemical industry — and to take your pick of job offers.



Research Opportunities

We know that you want to be an innovator in the field. That’s why we offer unique research opportunities in our state-of-the-art facilities with our world-class faculty so that you can hone your expertise.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Our Faculty

  • Kent Clinger headshot

    Kent Clinger


    A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Kent Clinger received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Oklahoma Christian College in 1976. He studied in the Master of Science program...

    Meet Kent Clinger
  • Brian Cavitt headshot

    Brian Cavitt


    T. Brian Cavitt is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Lipscomb University. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry and Missions from Abilene Christian...

    Meet Brian Cavitt
  • Stephen Opoku-Duah headshot

    Steve Opoku-duah

    Langford Professor of Chemistry and Chair

    Dr. Steve Opoku-Duah was born in Ghana and completed a bachelor's degree in engineering science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in his native country. He obtained...

    Meet Steve Opoku-duah
  • John Smith

    John Smith


    Smith grew up in New Jersey where he attended Drew University, earning his B.A. in Chemistry with a Writing minor. He then worked in publishing before heading to graduate school...

    Meet John Smith
  • Linda Phipps

    Linda Phipps

    Adjunct Faculty

    Phipps has over 35 years of experience in environmental science and chemistry. She served as the Pretreatment Coordinator for Dallas, TX, where she administered the pretreatment permitting and enforcement program...

    Meet Linda Phipps
  • Matt Vergne headshot

    Matt Vergne

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Matt Vergne joined the Lipscomb College of Pharmacy in 2013. Dr. Vergne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Harding University, and he earned a Ph.D. in...

    Meet Matt Vergne

Career Paths


Chemists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.

Chemical Engineers

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the production or use of chemicals, fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. They design processes and equipment for large-scale manufacturing, plan and test production methods and byproducts treatment, and direct facility operations.


Pharmacists dispense prescription medications to patients and offer expertise in the safe use of prescriptions. They also may conduct health and wellness screenings, provide immunizations, oversee the medications given to patients, and provide advice on healthy lifestyles.