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Notes for Prospective Students

For those of you who are interested in attending The Citadel and majoring in chemistry, or if you were just cruising the web, this page may be of interest to you. Because you had to get past the school's homepage to get to this page, it is assumed that you have an understanding of The Citadel's admission requirements and we can look specifically at the chemistry program. If you have questions that aren't covered below, please leave a mail message. As we identify common questions, this section will grow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What careers are available to me if I choose chemistry as a major? Basically anything you want to do. We have a specific page that cover many careers.

How large are the classes in the chemistry department? The sizes will vary as you progress through the program. Our freshman sections are typically no larger than 45-50 students (with a special lab section for the chemistry majors). The advanced courses are much smaller with sizes usually not larger than 10 students. We pride ourselves on being accessible to students and encourage students to drop by and see their professors for assistance.

Will I get to use the instruments? All our students get hands on training on all our instruments.

Are students encouraged to participate in the professor's research projects? For the B.S. in Chemistry majors this is a requirement!! We hope that all our students (B.S. or B.A.) will get involved in research. We don't use students as "dishwashers" in this department. Students working with the faculty are expected to take an active role in designing and conducting the experiments. We also require that each student write and defend a thesis during their senior year.

I want to go to medical school, will I be prepared after going through your program? Definitely! Both the B.S. and B.A. programs have enough flexibility to give a student the proper background for a career in medicine. Additionally, having a chemistry degree provides graduates with more options. Sometime career goals change after getting into med school (i.e. an MD is no longer wanted). With a chemistry degree, you will have the option of going to industry or graduate school to.

With the regimented schedule of a cadet will I be able to get experience that will help me get a job in a chemistry related field? The department does have funds for student assistants. The exact nature of the jobs depend on the student and how much of the program he has completed. You will need to talk to the Department Head about specific possibilities.

What electives should I take if I major in chemistry? Elective courses are up to you. You will be assigned an advisor when you matriculate and it is recommended that you talk to him/her about your career goals. During these meetings you will be given guidance concerning how well your choices meet with your goals. However, in the end, the choice will usually rest with you.

Should I minor in another subject area? Like the choices of electives, this is more of an individual choice that depends on what you want to do once you earn your degree. You will need to be open with your advisor during your meetings.

How successful are your graduates in getting jobs? We just finished a major review of our program for the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and this is something we have to track. Of our last 32 graduates (this covers a six year range), 26 have positions that are in their primary choices, 3 are in related but secondary fields, 2 have provided no data, and 1 never had any intention of staying in chemistry. This seems to indicate that we are providing our graduates with a strong background when they enter the job market.