Industrial Chemistry: Fermentation Science Concentration

General Information

Students in the Industrial Chemistry program are trained in organic, analytical, physical, and biological chemistry. In addition, coursework and experience provide skills and practical application in the areas of safety issues, instrumental analysis, and fermentation. 

This program is designed to prepare students with the lab experience necessary to build a career in chemistry along with the theoretical underpinnings and supporting knowledge needed to advance in such a career.

All classes are taught with an emphasis on practical application and problem solving, culminating in an internship experience.  This allows each student to apply the skills and knowledge they have gained in a real-world, commercial setting.

Career Opportunities

Industries in Michigan, the Midwest, and throughout the entire country are using increasingly sophisticated chemical procedures, processes, and instrumentation. Consequently, industrial leaders are becoming more concerned about health hazards and safety factors. These companies need chemists and chemical professionals that are experienced and ready to work.  Many managers seek Ferris graduates to fill the demand. 

Graduates find jobs in a variety of industries, including chemical, plastics, pharmaceutical, environmental, paint, food, automotive, petroleum and personal care products.

Admission Requirements

First-year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate academic preparedness, maturity, and seriousness of purpose with educational backgrounds appropriate to their chosen program of study. High school courses and grade point average, ACT composite score, and ACT Reading and Mathematics subscores will be considered in the admission and placement process. Transfer students must have at least 12 credits at the time of application with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA including an English and mathematics course, or they must provide their high school records and ACT scores for admission review.

More Information

Major Advisor: Dr. Mark Thomson
Phone: (231) 591-2590
Email:

Department of Physical Sciences
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive/ASC 3021
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2225
Phone: (231) 591-2580

Industrial Chemistry: Fermentation Science Concentration:
Ferris State University Course Catalog