Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science | College of Arts and Science

What is Chemistry?

Chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, and properties of substances and the changes they undergo. Chemists perform experiments, conduct research, and investigate and analyze substances, helping develop new products and adding new knowledge not only to chemistry but also to fields as diverse as nanotechnology, materials science, polymer chemistry, energy production and biomedical engineering.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Top ranking

The B.S. chemistry degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Chemistry and biochemistry provide exceptionally strong preparation for medical school, with high acceptance rates for our majors who apply to all health science professional schools. Others go on to graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, business, and education. During the past 25 years, about a fourth of our B.S. graduates have gone on to earn a Ph.D. degree.

Top-notch facilities

Miami's chemistry and biochemistry department offers hands-on training on modern instrumentation. Through grants from the NSF and support from the university, we have acquired an impressive array of state-of-the-art instrumentation especially for use by undergraduates. Since 2015, the department has received more than $2 million in teaching and research equipment that is available for undergraduate use in the classroom or as part of independent study projects.

Research projects

Many students collaborate with faculty members on individual research projects. Chemistry and biochemistry majors can begin research work as early as the first year. Summer research fellowships are also available. Undergraduates are given the opportunity to publish and present their work at national conferences and have been co-authors of numerous research articles published in chemistry or biochemistry journals. Research projects can be used as the basis for a Departmental Honors thesis or to fulfill the thesis requirement for the combined bachelors/masters degree program in our Department.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

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 Chemistry degree includes advanced courses in areas such as polymer chemistry, spectroscopy, instrumental analysis and inorganic chemistry. 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, 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.

What can I do with this major?

This program is for students who enjoy chemistry and analytical and logical thinking. Many graduates in chemistry go on to graduate school in chemistry, or related areas such as polymer chemistry, chemical engineering or environmental science. Other students elect professional schools in the health sciences including medical school, dental school, or pharmacy school. 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 chemical industry. Major employers include pharmaceutical, consumer product, petrochemical, paint, rubber, and food production industries. Testing and quality control positions in industry or field research agricultural or environmental sciences are pursued by some students. Technology startups offer opportunities for entrepreneurs or those wishing to meld their interests in business and science.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
160 Hughes Laboratories
Oxford, OH 45056