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.S. degree in chemistry, which has been approved by the American Chemical Society since 1941, is often selected by students who seek professional positions in industrial and governmental laboratories or plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a related field in preparation for research careers in industry or for a faculty position at a college or research university.
Students in the B.S. program are expected to complete more course work in calculus and calculus-based physics classes prior to taking upper-level chemistry courses in analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry during their junior and senior year. 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 during their time in the department.
A significant number of chemists with a B.S. degree work in the chemical manufacturing industry, which includes firms that produce gasoline and other fuels, plastics and polymers, pharmaceuticals, soaps and detergents, paints and adhesives and bulk or specialty organic chemicals and solvents. Depending on their academic training, they may also provide technical support in laboratories devoted to environmental analysis or to forensic and drug analysis at a local, state or federal regulatory or law enforcement agency. B.S. chemistry graduates who go on to acquire a Ph.D. degree may be able to secure faculty positions in colleges and universities. Chemists who work in sales, marketing or professional research positions often have the opportunity to move into management positions within a commercial company.
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Freshman YearWVUE 191 First Year Seminar HONR 199 Orientation to Honors CHEM 115 MATH 155 FRCH 101 Elementary French 1
Senior YearCHEM 422 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry CHEM 401 Chemical Literature CHEM 313 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory CHEM 349 Physical Chemistry Laboratory FRCH 204 Intermediate French 2
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The B.S. Chemistry Program has been certified by the American Chemical Society since 1941.