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Majors

Chemistry (B.A.)

The Department of Chemistry offers two bachelor degrees in chemistry – a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. Both degree programs prepare students for admission to professional schools, including medicine and dentistry. The B.A. in chemistry provides students with a flexible program of study, the opportunity to study a foreign language and the true liberal arts experience. Chemistry majors are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research in the department’s state-of-the art teaching and laboratory facilities. Students can expect an in-depth, hands-on approach in courses in physical and organic chemistry and may select from upper division courses like Environmental, Polymer and Experimental Physical Chemistry.

Career Profile

The B.A. degree in chemistry is for students who wish to pursue careers that require a good background in the basic principles of chemistry, and prepares students to work in laboratory settings and much more. These career choices include medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, secondary school teaching and chemical laboratory technical work. With well-chosen electives or a strategically selected minor, students may also choose to enter the fields of law, journalism, business, healthcare, pharmaceutical sales or work for a variety of federal agencies. Admission to professional degree programs in law and business is also possible with the addition of appropriate electives. Although the B.A. Chemistry program requires fewer upper-level chemistry courses than the B.S. chemistry program, it provides students with more flexibility for designing their academic curriculum to match their personal aspirations and professional goals.

Sample Course Schedules

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Freshman Year

BIOL 115 Principles of Biology CHEM 115 Fundamentals of Chemistry CHEM 117 Principles of Chemistry MATH 155 Calculus 1 WVUE 191 First Year Seminar

Senior Year

CHEM 403 Undergraduate Seminar CHEM 423 Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory CHEM 339 Organic Syntheses CHEM 460 Forensic Chemistry CHEM 497 Research

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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