Undergraduate Studies

Chemistry is everywhere. From agriculture to health care, chemistry extends life and improves its quality. From disposable diapers to space suits, chemistry provides new materials -- for clothing, shelter, and recreation. From computer chips to fiber optics, chemistry is the foundation of today's high technology."

American Chemical Society, 1987

A study in chemistry is the pathway to multiple options. These options range from a career in education, law, forensics, medicine, biotechnology, environmental protection, technical sales, semiconductors, and industrial chemical production. The potential is limitless. Students interested in pursuing chemistry as an undergraduate degree have two options available to them, which are based on their career plans.


Since the required chemistry courses in both degree programs are the same first year, it is easy to change from one program to another.

There are also options for a chemistry minor and an Honors curriculum. The capstone of our B.S. program is a thesis program that requires a year of study in one of our active research groups. There are many opportunities for undergraduate research in our Department.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
This curriculum prepares students for careers requiring a thorough knowledge of chemistry and provides a strong foundation for graduate study in chemistry or in interdisciplinary areas. The curriculum requires a greater depth in chemistry and physics than the other program.

Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry Major
This curriculum offers the students the opportunity to combine a chemistry major with other interests, for example, the pre-healing arts, education and business.

To determine the appropriate courses for you, please reference the curriculum checklists for each of the above majors. In general, a first year student should register for the following courses, and this applies to all three programs:

First SemesterFreshman Seminar, Chem 400
 General Chemistry with lab, Chem 403
 Calculus I, Math 425
  
Second SemesterFreshman Seminar, Chem 400
 General Chemistry with lab, Chem 404
 Calculus II, Math 426
 Freshman English, Engl 401W (this is a writing intensive course)

Freshman Seminar is a new program developed for the Chemistry major in his/her freshman year. It is designed to introduce the student to Chemistry faculty and other educational opportunities to enhance the student's learning experience here in the Department of Chemistry.