The Department of Chemistry, which is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), offers both Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. Students can choose between two B.S. degree options.  The B.S. degree in chemistry is designed for majors planning to be industrial or government chemists, planning to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry or biochemistry, or considering professional degrees in fields such as medicine. The B.S. degree with Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry is designed for students interested in health fields, either graduate programs in life sciences or professional study such as pharmacy or medicine. The B.A. degree is appropriate for chemical technologists and pre-professional students, including high school chemistry teachers.

High school students who have successfully completed advanced high school chemistry courses (AP and/or IB) and are considering a modified course of study should consult with the department.

Students can start undergraduate research with CHEM 2950 or CHEM 4950 depending on their background and the needs of their faculty supervisor. The department urges students to include research in their programs before their last year.

Completion of NSCI 3940 satisfies the third writing course requirement for chemistry degrees. It should be taken more than one year before intended graduation.

Students working toward a degree in chemistry must earn a grade of “C−” or better in all courses used to fulfill chemistry requirements.  A GPA of 2.0 or higher in chemistry and cognate courses is required to graduate with a chemistry major or minor.

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