The program and all of the degrees are certified by the American Chemical Society (A.C.S.). The primary purpose of the chemistry program is to educate students in an area of science which is rapidly expanding. The chemists of today are involved in the development of a multitude of new materials such as plastics, drugs, semiconductors, and agricultural products. Research chemists are conducting studies of the fundamental nature of matter which lead to expanded knowledge in medicine, biology, and health sciences.
Each course in chemistry stresses laws, theories, and applications in the lecture portion and offers students the opportunity to have hands-on experiences with equipments in laboratories. Chemistry is one of the highly recommended courses of study for students interested in pursuing careers in a variety of professional endeavors such as the health sciences: medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and allied health fields.
Chemistry majors must earn a grade of C or better in all chemistry courses (including transfer credits) in order to satisfy graduation requirements.
Benefits of an Approved A.C.S. Program
- An institution with an ACS-approved program in chemistry is committed to providing the students with a broadly based and intellectually challenging experience in chemistry.
- Approved departments are staffed by accomplished faculty, contain a modern and well-maintained infrastructure, and provide a coherent chemistry curriculum.
- Employers find graduates of approved programs to be better prepared for technical employment.
The A.C.S. annual approval process provides a mechanism for departments to evaluate their program, identify areas of strengths and opportunities for change, and leverage support from their institutions and external agencies.
Chemistry Degree Options
The professional option focuses on a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education and hands-on training that prepare students to become effective scientific professionals and competitive applicants to jobs and graduate schools.
It is especially recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate studies in chemically related fields or those persons wishing to seek employment as industrial chemists such as chemical technologist, quality control manager, hazmat management chemist, health & safety professionals, etc.
The biochemistry option is primarily designed to provide the background needed for students seeking entrance into professional medical or dental schools (pre-med).
It will also greatly benefit students seeking technical jobs such as formulation chemist, public health professionals, etc, that require multidisciplinary training in biology and chemistry as well as an abundance of science laboratory skills.
The general option provides considerable concentration in chemistry while permitting a wider selection of electives.
By judiciously choosing electives, students can enrich their scientific knowledge and technical skills to prepare for futures in technical marketing, environment and health sciences, computer science, technical writing, , education, technical illustration, engineering, and law and policy.
The environmental option focuses on a multidisciplinary knowledge of chemistry, biology, and geology applied together in environmental studies. It includes some aspects of aquatic chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and geochemistry. Field work and studies of modeling in environmental systems are highly encouraged in this program.
Created for students interested in exploring environmental issues.
The degree prepares students to teach Physical Science and Chemistry in grades 7 through 12. Students are also expected to complete the courses in education needed for teacher certification as defined by state requirements.
The degree leads to a career of great significance with graduates serving a critical role in society while they empower youth to become successful in a wide variety of endeavors.
People in the Program
Faculty Research interests
Computational Chemistry; Catalysis; Energy and Fuels; Electrochemistry; Spectroscopy; Chemical Education
Small molecule inhibitors; Biosensors; Photochemistry; Green Chemistry and Environmental Science
Sulfur oxidation genomics; Macro/supramolecular chemistry
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