Chemistry occupies a unique position within the modern sciences. Ultimately, most of the phenomena in the biological, geological, physical, environmental and medical sciences can be expressed in terms of the chemical and physical behavior of atoms and molecules. Because of chemistry's key role, majors in chemistry and biochemistry are well prepared to pursue careers in a wide variety of disciplines.
The department offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts. These programs prepare students for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, forensic science, environmental science and education. The department's professional BS option is approved by the American Chemical Society. BS degrees are recommended for students planning professional careers in chemistry or related areas, while BA degrees are recommended for students with other career goals.
Students majoring in chemistry have the opportunity to engage in research projects with the department's faculty and to gain experience with computational chemistry; modern instrumental techniques including gas and liquid chromatography; ultra-violet, visible, infra-red and atomic absorption spectrophotometry; nuclear magnetic resonance; x-ray diffraction and laser photoacoustics. Upon graduation, our students are knowledgeable, experienced and independent learners.
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