Academic Programs in Chemistry

Whether you wish to conduct research, enter professional school (medical, dental, chiropractic, optometry or podiatry as well as pharmacy), teach, or do something else entirely, the Department of Chemistry has a number of in-depth undergraduate and pre-professional programs to provide you the education and hands-on experience you need to be successful.


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
If you’re interested in a career as a high school teacher, a chemical librarian, chemical salesperson, medical doctor, pharmaceutical salesperson or chiropractor, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry may be the right option for you.  You may pursue a non-specialized degree program or choose from specializations for teacher education or environmental chemistry.

Your advisor will help you supplement your major program of study with substantial courses in other subject areas. Supplementing your chemistry courses with studies in areas such as agriculture, biology, geosciences, physics or business gives you the opportunity to tailor your program to individual interests and vocational goals.

     Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry program of study, including the specializations in teacher education and environmental chemistry.


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is American Chemical Society Approved
If you are interested in a career in the chemical industry or wish to pursue graduate study in chemistry, you should enroll in the Bachelor of Science program. Depending on your career goals, you can pursue a general chemistry degree program or focus your studies in one of three areas:

  • biological chemistry
  • forensic science 
  • environmental 

Typically, students planning to go to medical school or pursue graduate study follow the biological chemistry emphasis.  The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry offers you the flexibility to work closely with your adviser to develop a program of study that meets your specific needs.

     Learn more about the B.S. in Chemistry program of study and course requirements for each of the three emphasis areas.

Pre-Professional Programs in Pharmacy and Health Professions  (medical, dental, chiropractic, optometry or podiatry as well as pharmacy)
Health professions such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, pharmacy and chiropractic require college courses as listed below. They usually include one full year of laboratory courses in general/inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology. One year of courses in English and mathematics is generally expected. Additional course work from the areas of biochemistry, chemistry, biology, psychology, applied statistics, computer science, and the humanities is frequently recommended and sometimes required. 

Most schools expect students to have a baccalaureate degree before beginning professional study. Less frequently students matriculate without a baccalaureate degree. Professional schools do not usually suggest a major course of study. The most prevalent major is biology and the next most common major is chemistry. Overriding influences in selecting a major should include (a) choosing an area of study that you enjoy, and (b) preparing for alternate careers in the event that you do not ultimately attend a profession school.

     Learn more about the suggested program of study leading to careers in Medicine, Dentistry and Optometry, as well as Pharmacy.


B.S. in General Science – Concentration in Chemistry
The B.S. in General Science offers you a flexible, broad-based education in the core disciplines of biology, chemistry, geosciences and physics, while allowing you to deepen your knowledge and skills in one or more of those concentration areas. This degree program is ideal for students who have wide-ranging interests in the physical and life sciences who wish to pursue a variety of career fields, such as lab assistants, pharmaceutical representatives, medical equipment sales representative, or manager in a technical field. This degree is not recommended for students interested in pre-medicine, pre-veterinary or pre-pharmacy majors, but may be appropriate for pre-dental and pre-OT/PT majors .

     Learn more about the program of study for the B.S. in General Science – Concentration in Chemistry.



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