College of Science

Undergraduate Students

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers a flexible program of studies designed to prepare students for careers in private industry and government or for highly diverse graduate study. Students may direct their efforts into all the major areas of chemistry and into certain interdisciplinary areas. This is accomplished by choosing one of  three rigorous subplans of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

The Chemistry subplan emphasizes the chemistry-physics interface. The curriculum of this subplan leads to the more traditional careers and graduate training in chemistry.

The Biochemistry subplan stresses the growing body of knowledge at the chemistry-life sciences interface. Beyond the core curriculum students may pursue programs in the chemistry of plants, animals or human beings (biochemistry, clinical chemistry, marine biochemistry, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, etc.). Upon consultation with a departmental advisor, the student may select courses from a list of restricted electives thereby achieving a program meeting that individual's career goals.

The Industrial Chemistry subplan is designed for those students who plan a career in the chemical industries and businesses. Subplan courses have been chosen to provide some background in material sciences as well as industrial chemistry. Restricted elective packages create a flexible program which will meet a variety of career goals.

The Chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society, and the baccalaureate degree earned by following the Chemistry Subplan is certified by the A.C.S. as having met its standards for professionalism at the undergraduate level. Students following the Industrial Chemistry Subplan may also earn A.C.S. certification for their degree, provided that a suitable pattern of electives is chosen. Students should consult with departmental advisors to determine which courses are required in their subplan for certification of their degree.