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Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Degree Programs



The Major

Chemistry is called the central science. It addresses problems raised in related fields such as biology, geology, physics and engineering. Chemists solve such problems by analyzing substances, synthesizing new materials and by measuring their properties. They also investigate biochemical systems.


A degree in chemistry will enable you to work as a professional chemist, synthesizing compounds, analyzing qualitatively and quantitatively the content of various materials and measuring the properties of chemical substances. A degree in biochemistry will enable you to work in the developing field of genetic engineering. A degree in chemistry will help you pursue a career in the areas of environmental protection, biotechnology, nanotechnology and in many areas related to chemical and pharmaceutical sciences. In addition, any of the degree options in chemistry will enable you to enter professional programs such as medical, dental or pharmacy school.

Academic Advisement

Each undergraduate major has an assigned faculty advisor. Chemistry majors must consult with their advisor for program planning and approval each semester before being allowed to register for classes. Elective courses taken to fulfill requirements in the major should have prior approval of the student’s advisor. Please contact the Department Office for graduate program.

Department Programs

The B.A. degree is designed for students who desire:

  1. (a) a strong chemistry background for careers in the health field (see advisor concerning additional necessary courses);
  2. (b) careers in industry, including textile chemistry, technical sales, government laboratories, patent law, library fields, etc.; or
  3. (c) a single subject teaching credential (science, chemistry).

The B.S. Degree in Chemistry is designed to prepare students who desire:

  1. (a) to pursue graduate work in chemistry;
  2. (b) to work in industry or government laboratories; or
  3. (c) to work in the fields of technical sales, hazardous materials testing and handling, chemical literature or chemical patents.

The B.S. Degree in Biochemistry degree is designed for students who desire:

  1. (a) pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy or pre-veterinary preparation;
  2. (b) graduate study in biochemistry; or
  3. (c) careers in the life sciences that require an understanding of biological phenomena at the molecular level.

The curricula for the B.S. degree in Chemistry and for the B.S. degree in Biochemistry have been reviewed by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and meet its requirements for approved programs.

The M.S. degree in Chemistry is designed to prepare students for research-oriented careers in chemical industry, for entry into doctoral programs at other institutions or for teaching of chemistry at institutions such as community colleges.

The M.S. in Biochemistry allows specialization in the areas of biochemistry, molecular biology or bioorganic chemistry and is intended for students desiring research-oriented careers in chemical, biochemical, biotech industry, post-secondary chemistry teaching or entry into Ph.D. programs.