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The Major Programs

Chemistry studies the composition of matter, its structure, and the means by which it is converted from one form to another.

The Program. The Department of Chemistry offers several degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science. 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 who have a deeper interest in chemistry normally elect one of the several programs leading to the B.S. degree. The standard B.S. program, the only chemistry program accredited by the American Chemical Society, is appropriate for students who are interested in chemistry as a profession. The B.S. in Chemical Physics, the B.S. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and the two B.S. Applied Chemistry emphases are slightly less intense in chemistry, and draw on significant course materials from areas relevant to their particular focus but outside of a classical chemistry degree. Students following the A.B or one of the B.S. programs may consider taking advantage of the Education Abroad Program. Our major adviser can assist students in planning a curriculum while abroad that assures regular progress in the major. A minor program in chemistry is also available.

Career Alternatives. 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 these 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 preparation needed for an advanced degree in chemistry and various professional schools in the health sciences.

Graduate Study. The Department of Chemistry offers programs of study and research leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry. Detailed information regarding graduate study may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Adviser, Department of Chemistry. See also Graduate Studies.

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