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Undergraduate Programs

Major in Chemistry

PRE-PROFESSIONAL, PRE-MEDICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL and FORENSICS PROGRAMS. These programs lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. The sequences of courses outlined in the Handbook are suggested as ideal, although students who decide later in their academic career to major in Chemistry may need to alter their schedules. Two courses that are often taken during a summer session are PHYS 201/201L and PHYS 202/202L. Students completing the B.S. in chemistry program are certified by the American Chemical Society.

Major in Biochemistry

This program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and includes 44 hours of coursework in chemistry. The Program includes both chemistry and non-chemistry courses which will prepare the student well for either a career in biochemistry or a career in medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. In the first two years of study, the program is quite similar to that proposed for the B.S. in Chemistry with the addition of 16 credit hours of biology.

If you are unsure about which degree is best for you, you can ues this sheet to compare degree requirements for a B.S. in either Chemistry or Biochemistry. The requirements for a Chemistry B.A. and minor in Chemistry are also summarized.

Minor in Chemistry

It is possible for a student to major in another discipline and minor in chemistry. Many of these students have already taken or elected to take a year of general and organic chemistry courses and at least one semester of biochemistry. By this time, they are already within a course or two of completing the requirements for a minor in chemistry. The option to minor in chemistry becomes even more attractive, because it increases their chances for full-time or part-time employment after graduation, even if they are assured of admission to a graduate or professional school program.

Chemistry Teacher Education Program (Grades 9 - 12)

Students wishing to pursue teaching at the high school level, in addition to completing a B.A. in chemistry, also complete a minor in secondary education within the Department of Foundations, Secondary, and Special Education (EDFS) in order to meet certification requirements. A worksheet on the required courses is available.

The Elizabeth M. Martin Award is presented annually to the outstanding graduating chemsitry major pursuing a career in secondary education.

For more information, please contact the chemistry department chair, Dr. Pamela Riggs-Gelasco.