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Chemistry Program

Chemistry BS, Environmental Chemistry Concentration

The Bachelor of Science program has an Environmental Chemistry concentration option and is certified by the American Chemical Society. The Environmental Chemistry B.S. provides a solid foundation in the five areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry) in addition to the interdisciplinary knowledge needed to address global environmental challenges faced today. Students are required to complete 3 credits of Independent Study (research). Students may also choose to do an Honors Thesis. Electives in computer science, mathematics and physics are also recommended.

Chemistry BS, Biological Chemistry Concentration

The Bachelor of Science program now has a Biological Chemistry concentration option and is certified by the American Chemical Society. The Biological Chemistry B.S. provides a solid foundation in the five areas of chemistry (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry) while providing hands-on biochemistry laboratory experience. Students in the biological chemistry concentration are required to complete an intensive 3 credit laboratory course in addition to 3 credits of Independent study (research) Students may also choose to do an Honors Thesis. Electives in computer science, mathematics and physics are also recommended.

Chemistry BS, Professional Chemistry Concentration

The Bachelor of Science program in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society to prepare students for professional chemistry careers in industry, government or academia. The B.S. degree is also excellent preparation for entrance into a PhD program. At lease three hours of Independent Study (research) is required for the BS. Students may also choose to do an Honors Thesis. There are several research projects underway in biochemistry, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry and toxicology from which to choose for your research participation. Electives in biology, computer science, and physics are highly recommended.

Chemistry BA

The Bachelor of Arts program is less specialized than the Bachelor of Science program and includes more electives. Students may consider courses in management, biology, physics, and computer science. Many chemistry BA majors choose to minor in biology, math, or physics in preparation for various careers in chemistry and other technology and biotechnology industries. When combined with biology electives, this program is an ideal basic preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry or environmental science. Although it is not required for a BA, some independent study or other research participation is highly recommended and many projects are available in the department.

Honors Program

Chemistry majors of superior scholastic ability are eligible to participate in the department's honors program. During the junior and senior years, qualified students may pursue advanced study and research in the discipline. Upon completing the program, these students are awarded the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with honors in chemistry. Details are available from the department chair.

Page last updated: March 12, 2013