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Our graduates are prepared for an impressive range of careers in a broad range of fields as well as for graduate studies leading to prominent careers as health care professionals or scientists at prestigious colleges, universities, and corporations.

As a Thiel College chemistry graduate, you can follow your passion, whether it involves elucidating environmental challenges facing society; working in the health professions or life sciences; excelling in pharmaceutical sales; crafting patent laws; creating and editing scientific documents – the possibilities are limitless!

Alumni Stories

Dr. Shane Snyder ’94
Professor at the University of Arizona College of Engineering, Tucson, Arizona

Dr. Snyder is also the Co-Director of the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants, and holds joint positions as a professor both in the College of Public Health and in the College of Agriculture. For nearly 20 years, his research has focused on the identification, fate, and health relevance of emerging water pollutants. Dr. Snyder and his teams have published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters on emerging contaminant analysis, treatment, and toxicology.

In April of 2008, Dr. Snyder was one of six experts invited to testify before the U.S. Senate regarding pharmaceuticals in US waters. He has since been invited to brief the U.S. Congress three additional times. Dr. Snyder has served two terms on the federal advisory committee to EPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and was an invited expert panel member for the development of EPA's CCL3. Dr. Snyder was a member of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council Committee on Water Reuse and has served two appointments on the California Chemicals of Emerging Concern Expert Panels. He has recently been appointed to EPA’s Science Advisory Board for drinking water. Dr. Snyder also is a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore where he leads research on water reuse technologies and implications for public health. To learn more, visit his website.

Andrew D. Shroads ’99
Senior Air Quality Specialist, Westerville, Ohio

“My degree in chemistry shows that I know how systems work, that I can study my environment and understand it. I know how to observe and document processes. But where my chemistry degree has provided the most benefit is its flexibility. I have worked in a laboratory, a steel mill, for the government and now as a consultant. There are very few degrees that give you the flexibility to work in such diverse sectors of our economy, and I believe that the hard sciences, especially chemistry, allow that flexibility.”

  • Major: Chemistry, Pre-Engineering
  • Minor: Environmental Science (self-directed)
  • Clubs & Organizations: Lambda Sigma Honorary, Thiel Players, Alpha Psi Omega Honorary, American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, Thiel Ambassador, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Greenville Fire Company, Residence Life Staff, Student Government

Nathan Bissell ’02
Technical Sales Manager at Chemetall Americas, Burghill, Ohio

“I am able to utilize what I learned in Thiel’s chemistry program on a daily basis. The technical degree is a great resource in the business world, providing instant credibility when negotiating deals or calculating financial impact. Graduates from Thiel’s chemistry program have careers in Fortune 500 companies; many of them are in a position to hire.  They know the quality of education you earn at Thiel. Also, make sure you seek internships during your time at Thiel College. A graduate with experience will always have an advantage over a graduate with none!”

  • Major: Chemistry
  • Minor: Business
  • Clubs and Activities: Thiel Players, Resident Life Staff, Football