The overall quality of the Chemistry Program has been approved through its accreditation by the American Chemical Society. The program offers lecture and laboratory courses in support of a variety of professional, pre-professional, liberal arts, and technical curricula. A bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts degree in Chemistry may be earned. In addition, a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry Education is available.

Completion of the B.S. degree in chemistry prepares a student for employment as a practicing laboratory chemist in a wide variety of industrial, educational, and governmental enterprises. It provides excellent preparation for admission into graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, food science, environmental science, and other related areas and for admission into the professional schools of medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine. Upon receiving the B.S. degree in chemistry, students are certified for immediate, full membership in the American Chemical Society.

Completion of the B.A. degree in chemistry prepares a student to seek a career in areas in which a knowledge of matter, energy, and their transformation is important including the chemical, food, health, environmental, and energy industries. Students frequently combine the B.A. degree with a second major such as biology, mathematics, physics or business administration and management.

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