College of Science

Degree Options

The Chemistry 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 tracks or options of study leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry: Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry, and Biochemistry. The Chemistry option is certified by the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry Option

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

Curriculum Sheet

Industrial Chemistry Option

The Industrial Chemistry option is designed for those students who plan a career in the chemical industries and businesses and involves participation in the Cooperative Education Program (see below). Option 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.

Curriculum Sheet

Biochemistry Option

Emphasizes the chemistry in the context of biological systems. Prepares for entrance into health-related professional programs.

Curriculum Sheet

Cooperative Education Program

Aside from the choice of three options for the Chemistry degree, students may also elect to participate in the University’s Cooperative Education Program (  The Co-op program allows students to earn credit and be paid for approved work experience in a sponsoring company.   In many cases, students have gained employment in a company where they participated in a Co-op Internship.  It’s a great way to get work experience that you can list on your resume.

Senior Project

Chemistry majors have the option to do a Senior Project. Dr. Yan Liu is the Senior Project Coordinator. Visit the senior project website for more information.