The Chemistry Department offers three different degree programs to meet the educational goals of our students:
This degree program, fully accredited by the American Chemical Society, gives students a comprehensive, broadly based training in Chemistry. Completion of the Chemistry degree will prepare you for graduate study in Chemistry, or for a career as a chemist in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.
The Chemistry minor is commonly pursued by Biology or Chemical Engineering majors who wish to add additional training in Chemistry to supplement their chosen major. Others who pursue the minor may be interested in medical or dental school, as the majority of courses required for the minor are also required for admission into schools in the health sciences.
This program, also fully accredited by the American Chemical Society, includes all of the courses and training in the Chemistry program with additional courses and laboratories in Biology and Biochemistry. Students who complete this very rigorous program are very well prepared for graduate programs in chemistry or biochemistry. In addition, the Biochemistry option provides a rigorous and complete training for future studies in Medicine, Dentistry, or Veterinary Science. All of our recent students who have entered M.D./Ph.D. programs in the past few years have completed the Biochemistry option.
This degree is ideal for the student who wishes to pursue an interdisciplinary degree with extensive study in both Chemistry and Biology. With training in biochemistry, analytical chemistry, molecular biology and genetics, this degree is also an excellent preparation for medical school or graduate work in the health sciences. It also prepares students for graduate study or employment in forensic science or pharmaceutical chemistry.