The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees in chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Education degree is also available with a concentration in chemistry. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science curricula are designed to prepare undergraduate students for careers as professional chemists, entrance into medical or dental schools, or graduate work in chemistry. All of the programs are flexible and permit the options of a heavy concentration in chemistry courses or a combination of a chemistry major with extensive course work in allied (other sciences) or non allied (e.g., business, arts) areas. In order to develop their academic programs to meet specific needs and individual interests, students should consult their academic advisors. The Bachelor of Science program is certified by the American Chemical Society.
All Chemistry courses except CHM 1010, CHM 1050, CHM 1060, and CHM 1070 have prerequisites (including Mathematics and Physics). The prerequisites are listed in the University Catalog with the course description. A student should never enroll in a course until they have completed the prerequisites. Instructors will deny registration if prerequisites are not met. When designing a plan of study, careful preparation is necessary to ensure completion of all required Chemistry and related courses within the normal four-year program. The suggested plans of study (attached) properly account for prerequisites for all required Chemistry Courses.
Switching Degree Programs in Chemistry
A change in programs within Chemistry is most easily accomplished by or before the end of the second year of courses. By the third year, the student interested in a health related school (medical, pharmacy, veterinary, etc.) should be adding some Life Sciences courses as electives. Please note that many Life Science courses have their own prerequisites. Students desiring to change a program major from another science to Chemistry should be aware that the longer they delay the formal switching process, the more time it will take for them to complete their degree