The major in Chemistry provides a broad background in the Liberal Arts along with specialization in Chemistry. This degree is often the choice of pre-professional medicine and dentistry students. The chemistry department also offers a curriculum that is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for those who are interested in a broader background in chemistry, especially students who are planning to attend graduate school or become professional chemists.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – American Chemical Society Certified
This program is designed for students interested in a strong and comprehensive preparation in chemistry and other related sciences. This is especially recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemical sciences, including analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, medicinal, pharmaceutical, polymer, and physical chemistry, as well as those who are interested in pursuing further studies in chemical engineering or medical and allied medical fields. Students completing this program will receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: Biochemistry Option – American Chemical Society Certified
This program would serve primarily students who plan to either become professional biochemists or pursue other careers that would require a strong background in biochemistry. Those who complete this program may either directly enter the work force in chemical, pharmaceutical, and related industries, or pursue graduate or professional studies. The graduate programs that are most commonly selected include biochemistry, chemistry, biochemical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, forensic sciences, environmental sciences and toxicology. The professional fields of study include health sciences such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, or other related areas. Students completing this program will receive a certificate from the American Chemical Society.
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
This program is designed for students who need more flexibility or those who desire to complete a Chemistry degree with the minimum chemistry requirements but rich in other courses of interest. This program is recommended for students who plan to begin a career in a chemical laboratory immediately after graduation, as well as those who are considering a profession in such areas as politics or chemistry-related law and plan to attend a law school.
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry: Biochemistry Option
The B.A. degree track in Biochemistry is recommended for students that want to go on to medical, dental and other health related pre-professional occupations, and those interested in working in the chemical industry with an emphasis in biotechnology and pharmaceutics, that would require a strong background in biochemistry.
Double Major in Biology and Chemistry
This program is designed for students who desire to have a solid background in both chemistry and biology. This is especially recommended for individuals who plan to enter medical, dental, optometry, or other allied-medical schools.
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry – Business Management Track
This program is recommended for students who plan to pursue careers in industry, government, law, sales, or other areas where business and administrative skills could enhance success in the field. It could also provide the basis for further studies in either fields of chemistry or business. Graduates of this program will have a seamless transition in the business of science and can earn both the B.A. and the M.B.A. degrees with a five-year full-time enrollment. (See Business Advisor for more information on MBA requirements.)
Certificate in Environmental Science
This 25 to 28 credit hour program prepares science majors or graduates for employment in the environmental field. It provides skills such as field collecting, water sampling, report and scientific writing, soil sampling, regulatory policies, chemical and analytical methods, and research methods. Students must be in a degree program in the natural sciences including biology, chemistry, geoscience, or physics OR have a four year degree in one of those areas. Once admitted, the student should remediate any prerequisites. Some of these can be taken simultaneously with the required courses.