Degrees in Chemistry
Bachelor's Degree Programs
The Department of Chemistry offers several degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.).
Overview of Our Programs
The curriculum leading to the A.B. degree offers a substantive program in chemistry, while allowing students the freedom to take more courses in other disciplines and pursue a broad liberal arts education. Students with a deeper interest in chemistry should choose one of the several programs leading to the B.S. degree.
The general B.S. degree program, which is accredited by the American Chemical Society, is well-suited for students interested in chemistry as a profession. The other B.S. programs focus on a specific area of applied chemistry: Chemical Physics, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry. These programs are a little less intensive in chemistry and draw on significant course material from areas relevant to their particular field but fall outside of a classical chemistry degree.
Students pursuing any of our degree programs may also consider taking advantage of the Education Abroad Program. Your advisers may assist in planning a curriculum while abroad that ensures regular progress in the major.
Chemistry graduates with Bachelor's degrees are employed extensively throughout various industries in quality control, research and development, production supervision, technical marketing, and other areas. The types of industries employing graduates include chemical, energy, pharmaceutical, genetic engineering, biotechnology, food and beverage, petroleum and petrochemical, paper and textile, electronics and computer, and environmental and regulatory agencies. The Bachelor's programs also provide chemistry graduates with the rigorous preparations needed for an advanced degree in chemistry and various professional schools in the health sciences.