The undergraduate program within the Department of Chemistry offers four degree programs for those interested in pursuing the field of chemistry or related fields. There is also an option to minor that allows students to supplement their major degree with chemistry coursework.
- Chemistry (B.A.)
- Chemistry (B.S.)
- Medicinal Chemistry (B.S.)
- Polymer Chemistry (B.S.)
- Minor in Chemistry
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Earning a bachelor of arts (B.A.) in chemistry provides a foundation in the theory and practice of chemistry but does not require the most advanced lecture courses and laboratories of the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree, leaving more room for electives or even a second major. The B.A. degree affords more flexibility in the student's schedule and allows students to tailor degree programs toward specific career goals.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
Majoring in chemistry provides a graduate with a thorough understanding of synthetic methods, analytical and physical measurements, the use of scientific literature, computational methods, and communication in science. This bachelor of science (B.S.) degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and provides the intellectual and practical basis for a wide variety of careers, especially those in which chemistry plays a significant role, including careers in the chemical industry, secondary teaching and government-based scientific work. The B.S. degree is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study in chemistry, pharmacy, medicine, and related fields.
Major in Medicinal Chemistry
The medicinal chemistry major is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, pharmaceutical research, or other related field. The degree earned is a bachelor of science (B.S.) in chemistry. Medicinal chemistry is at the intersection of chemistry and biology and focuses on not only synthesizing pharmaceuticals but also testing and developing new drugs. Completing this degree will fulfill most pre-requisite courses needed for application to dental, medical and pharmacy school and leaves room for additional courses required by health professional programs.
Major in Polymer Chemistry
The polymer chemistry major is centered on the study and synthesis of the large, complex molecules that make up the materials that have applications such as athletic tape, plastics, solar cells, and polyester fabric. The degree earned is a bachelor of science (B.S.) in chemistry. Students will learn about additive manufacturing, polymer drug delivery, high-performance materials, sustainable polymers, biomedical materials, polymers for energy applications, and novel polymer chemistry. Because of its diverse range of applications, polymer chemistry prepares graduates for a wide variety of careers in fields. Potential careers include industry, research and development, quality control, and more.
Minor in Chemistry
The minor in chemistry is ideal for students in other majors who have an interest in chemistry but whose schedules do not allow for a second major in chemistry. The chemistry minor offers more advanced coursework and electives that are otherwise restricted to chemistry majors.