Chemistry Bachelor of Science
The Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences offers undergraduate chemistry courses that meet the requirements for a BS in chemistry. Chemistry courses are also required by many other programs on campus. The chemistry program offers the American Chemical Society (ACS)-certified degree, which meets the national requirements established by ACS. This degree requires 120 semester credits.
Upon graduation with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, students have knowledge of chemical and physical phenomena at the molecular level. They are expected to possess the skills of critical thinking in chemical problem-solving, such as instrumental data interpretation for molecular structure characterization, and to be familiar with the chemical literature. Students are expected to have a command of the five major sub-disciplines of chemistry:
- analytical chemistry
- inorganic chemistry
- organic chemistry
- physical chemistry
The chemistry curriculum affords students ample opportunity to supplement their chemical training with diverse course offerings in mathematics, engineering, humanities, social sciences, and biological and physical sciences. In addition, we encourage students to get involved in independent research with faculty. Our goal is to allow students to develop as well-rounded individuals who are able to face and meet the challenges they may anticipate in their chosen careers.
Chemistry, by its very nature, is the central science, critical for understanding essentially all other areas of science related to plants, animals, and energy and the environment. In today’s modern world, you simply cannot escape the necessity of understanding chemistry.
Our chemistry graduates use their degrees as a solid foundation for advanced study in chemistry as well as for study in medicine, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, forensic science, materials science, environmental science, medical technology, physical therapy, patent or environmental law, and education. These fields are all possibilities for students with a chemistry education. Likewise, students who opt not to further their education beyond their BS in chemistry are prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities. Former chemistry graduates have gone on to careers in research and quality assurance positions in academic, industrial, governmental, and private sectors of the economy, as well as careers in medicine. The ACS-certified curriculum provides an excellent foundation in science and mathematics for professional preparation in chemistry and meets the nationally-recognized high standards established by the American Chemical Society. This curriculum opens the way for a variety of careers in research and development in private industry or government and gives the student an excellent foundation for graduate study in chemistry. Students desiring to meet the minimum requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society should follow the curriculum denoted in the following link: ACS-certified curriculum.