Programs of Study
The following programs of study are offered by the Chemistry Department:
B.S. in Chemistry: Intended for those students who plan to enter graduate, medical, dental, veterinary, or other professional schools; military service; and positions in industry. A specific curriculum will be developed in consultation with the student’s academic advisor to fit each student’s specific career goals.
B.S. with Biochemistry Specialization: Students who have a particular interest in biochemistry or those who intend to enter medical, dental, veterinary, or similar professional schools are encouraged to choose this major. American Chemical Society accreditation is available.
B.S. with American Chemical Society Accreditation: Students who wish to pursue research-related careers (chemical, medical, industrial) should consider taking the courses to complete the American Chemical Society approved program. Students completing these additional requirements are awarded a certificate by the American Chemical Society documenting their status as professional chemists and are frequently given preferential treatment as candidates for professional positions.
B.A. in Chemistry: Students who wish to combine their knowledge of chemistry with other professional goals are encouraged to choose this major. The B.A. is intended for students who plan to puruse patent law, pharmacy, medical, dental, veterinary, environmental, clinical or other professional schools; military service; and positions in industry. A specific curriculum will be developed in consultation with the student’s academic advisor to fit each student’s specific career goals. The B.A. provides great flexibility in choosing electives which permits the design of a program to fit the student’s individual aspirations. Students that wish to teach chemistry should choose this major and double major in education.
BA in Chemistry: Clinical Concentration : Clinical chemists conduct research and develop laboratory procedures that help physicians make earlier, more precise diagnoses and tailor therapy for patients. As technology develops in "hot" areas like molecular biology, vaccine development or transplant medicine, clinical chemists apply their knowledge to develop practical applications of these advances†.
† Adapted from the American Association of Clinical Chemists
B.A. with Environmental Specialization: Intended for students who wish to pursue a career as an environmental chemist. Students in this specialization will obtain a strong foundation in chemistry with an emphasis on the analysis of natural systems and the chemistry of ecosystems. Students who plan to work for a regulatory agency and/or as an environmental compliance officer in either industry or the government should consider this major.
B.A with Clinical Specialization: Intended for students who shish to pursue careers in medical or hospital labs and/or pharmaceutial research. This degree is also appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers in crime labs. Students will gain a strong foundation in the analytical chemistry associated with the medical professions.
Chemistry Minor: The minor in chemistry will provide students with a stronger background in chemistry than they would obtain from the requirements in the core curriculum. It is designed to acquaint students with the more advanced theories and techniques that are illustrated in the major subfields of chemistry. The minor totals 15 credit hours.