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Chemistry Degrees

Bachelor of Science

Synopsis indicates requirements for this degree.

Bachelor of Arts

Synopsis indicates core requirements for this degree.

Demonstrated proficiency of two years of a foreign language is required. Chemistry B.A. majors are also required to complete one of the following:

  • A minor in another department,
  • A concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Teacher certification

Among the more popular focus areas are the concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology and the minor in business. 

Chemistry Minor 

The Department of Chemistry offers a minor in chemistry to those cadets wishing to expand their scientific knowledge beyond their declared major. Requirements for the minor consist of:

  • 8 semester hours of core General Chemistry
  • 3 hours of Organic Chemistry I (CH 223) with the lab being optional
  • 12 additional hours of chemistry courses as described in a brochure on the subject which can be obtained from the chemistry department.

Before formally registering for the program, a cadet should obtain the approval of the department in the major curriculum as well as the head of the chemistry department. Successful completion of the requirements of this minor will be noted on the cadet's transcript. 

Concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology   

The chemistry department, in collaboration with the biology department, offers its majors the option of obtaining a concentration in the interdisciplinary area of biochemistry and molecular biology. This concentration is particularly well-suited for those chemistry majors wishing to pursue careers in medicine, pharmaceuticals, biomedical research, or biochemistry. Pursuit of this concentration does not change the graduation requirements for chemistry majors. Through the choice of appropriate electives and advanced courses, both B.S. and B.A. chemistry majors can obtain this concentration without increasing the number of credit hours required to graduate. To obtain the concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry majors must take the following:

  • BI-101 (Introductory Biology I)
  • BI-205 (Genetics)
  • BI-302 (Cell Biology).

In addition, chemistry majors must choose:

  • CH-322 (Metabolic Biochemistry)
  • CH-323 (Biochemistry Laboratory)

as part of their advanced chemistry electives, and 4 credits of research experience in chemistry or biology. The research experience can be obtained through thesis research, independent research, summer research, or a combination thereof.