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Bachelor of General Studies: Spotlight on Chemistry and Music

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Often people will say that a person is left-brained or right-brained. A person is either analytical or creative. However, this theory isn’t supported by medical evidence.

According to the Harvard Medical School’s health blog, “there is truth to the idea that some brain functions reside more on one side of the brain than the other.”

These functions are things like movement, language, motivation, and vision. Personality traits, on the other hand, don’t seem to attach to a brain hemisphere. When considering creativity vs rationality, this author found that “there has been little or no evidence supporting a residence in one area of the brain.”

So even though this figure of speech doesn’t have any anatomical accuracy, some people still consider themselves a “numbers person” or a “creative sort.” But, what if you consider yourself both analytical and artistic?

Enter the Bachelor of General Studies degree. It’s the perfect major for students who are looking to engage their whole brain because you get to design your own major by selecting two unique minors.

To brush up on the BGS program, check out our previous article on a Minor in Art History and Communication.

With more minors than majors offered at the College of Charleston, the flexibility for students to design their own degree is almost endless. In this third installment of “Bachelor of General Studies: Spotlight On…” series, we are looking at the combination of Chemistry and Music and discovering what job opportunities are available.

Chemistry involves the study of the composition, structure and properties of matter. Likewise, a minor in music is concerned with the composition, performance, reception and criticism of music. In both of these courses of study, it is essential to understand how elements of a whole work together.

What are the skills that overlap?

  • Pattern Recognition
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Timing
  • Method Learning

What can you do with your minor in chemistry and music?

  • Business: acoustical consultant, arts and entertainment accountant, business manager, research analyst, pharmaceutical sales
  • Composition: compose for film, musical theater, or the stage, or arrange live music for a chorus, band, or theater
  • Design: audio director, web, software or application developer, digital product designer
  • Education: teacher, movement coach, higher-ed administrator, professor
  • Health and Wellness: music therapist, vocal coach
  • Performance: accompanist, actor, concertmaster, conductor
  • Production: ADR engineer, technical sound designer, concert tech

As a final note, several chemists have not only become musicians, but also moved on to be composers and conductors. Alexander Borodin, Lejaren Hiller Jr., Fletcher Henderson, Emil Votocek, and Edward Elgar (amateur chemist) are just a few.