The BS degree in chemistry offers in-depth coverage of all major areas of chemistry, featuring challenging advanced coursework for our majors. Students who earn a BS in chemistry are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of employers in technology and science, and are well-prepared to enter graduate school in chemistry or professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school. Our BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society, the largest professional scientific organization in the world.
The BA degree in chemistry provides excellent grounding in chemistry principles, including specially focused 3000-level coursework. Students who earn a BA in chemistry have a broad education in chemistry, and are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of scientific companies, and are well-prepared to enter professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school. With a BA in chemistry and two semesters of laboratory-based biology courses, pre-medical students will have satisfied the course requirements for application to most US medical schools. This flexible 4-year plan leaves room for exploring other interests and is a popular major to pair with other majors (see Double Major below).
The bachelor of science in biochemistry degree offers a rich combination of chemistry and biology studies at the undergraduate level. The chemistry track for the BS degree is rooted in structural biochemistry and emphasizes the dynamics of biochemically important systems. As with the other degrees offered in the Department of Chemistry, the study of biochemistry can prepare students for work in the pharmaceutical and drug discovery industry, and serve as a foundation for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, and more. It is also an exceptional choice for pre-medical, pre-dental, and other pre-professional students.
BS Biochemistry Four-Year Plan
If you are interested in pursuing two majors, there are a lot of choices that can complement chemistry. For example, it is very common for BS Biology majors to add a second major in chemistry; they need to take just three more chemistry lectures/labs in the BA Chemistry curriculum (CHEM 2250/2251, 3450/3451, and 3850/3851), to earn the second major. Four levels of foreign language are not required when students pursue a double major and the BS degree is their primary major. With careful planning, the three additional chemistry courses can be completed in a single academic year. For students working toward a BS degree in biochemistry with a concentration in biology, only CHEM 3450/3451 and 3850/3851 are required to add the second major.
BS BIOLOGY + Chemistry (flowchart example)
BS PUBLIC HEALTH STUDIES (Pre-Professional Concentration) + Chemistry (flowchart example)
BS SCIENCE EDUCATION (Chemistry) + Chemistry (sample four-year plan)
BS NUTRITION + Chemistry (sample four-year plan)