B.S. in Chemistry

Why a B.S. in Chemistry?

Biochemistry involves the study of life on the molecular level. Biochemists blend chemical and biological approaches to develop molecular models of life processes in organisms ranging from microbes to humans.  Biochemists develop new technologies in areas ranging from biotechnology and genetic engineering to biomedical engineering.fridge

What Can I Do With a B.S. in Chemistry

This program is for students who enjoy chemistry and biology, and who want to explore how chemistry drives life processes. Many graduates in biochemistry go to professional schools in the health sciences including medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school. Other students elect graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, or related areas such as health sciences, food science, or environmental science. Some students may pursue law school, teacher certification, or training in data analytics and informatics. Students who choose to enter the work force directly may obtain research or sales and outreach positions in the pharmaceutical, food science or consumer product industries. Clinical research in hospitals or medical schools, or field research in agricultural or environmental sciences are chosen by some students. Biotechnology startups offer opportunities for entrepreneurs or those wishing to meld their interests in business and science. This program is usually chosen by students who want to enter the chemical industry or graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, or related areas. Students interested in completing a degree certified by the American Chemical Society must ensure that they meet the additional requirements below.

What courses would I take?

Our department has a core curriculum for the first two years that provides the necessary groundwork in chemistry, physics and math for all of our majors. In the third year, our degree tracks diverge to meet specific goals of our programs. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry degree includes advanced courses in areas such as bioenergetics, genomics, protein misfolding, and biomolecular modeling. Laboratory work is an integral part of the program.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in chemistry and biochemistry, with the flexibility to pursue other interests including other majors, study abroad, or extensive work or volunteer activities. This degree can be taken in a teaching certification track, which requires additional related credit hours taken from the College of Education, Health, and Society and results in teaching certification.

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