College of Sciences

Chemistry Department

Undergraduate offerings of the Chemistry Department solidly prepare students for continuing work in chemistry, as well as provide students a general background in the understanding of the natures of materials, both natural and man made that are common to the modern world. The Chemistry Department offers both a traditional Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and a Forensic Science Option. Both are American Chemical Society approved degrees. 

Career opportunities in chemistry are many and varied, including, for example, applied and basic research, quality control, product analysis, manufacturing, and marketing. The BS degree in Chemistry is both a professional and a pre-graduate school degree. Completion of the chemistry curriculum provides preparation for all areas of the chemical profession, as well as for graduate study in chemistry, dentistry, medicine, patent law, and teaching. Students completing the B.S. requirements graduate with a degree certified as being in a program approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Cooperative Education Program

The Chemistry Department has established guidelines for a cooperative program designed to combine chemistry-oriented work experience in industrial or related laboratories with opportunities to earn an income. A student may enter this program after completing four semesters of academic work, which must include the successful completion of one year of organic chemistry. Up to six academic credits will be allowed for the program, which will include one summer and two academic terms of co-op work. A student applies for the program by signing a contract outlining the proposed co-op experience and requirements.

Department Policies

The Chemistry Department does not allow students to “test out” of courses. It does, however, recognize Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores in Chemistry of a 4 or 5. Either of these scores will be accepted for college credit for Chemistry I (84.121), Chemistry II (84.122) and their associated laboratories (84.123 and 84.124). A score of 3 is not accepted.

Financial Support and Awards

The Chemistry Department has a number of scholarships available. The Allen Scattergood Scholarships are awarded for superior academic achievement, requiring a minimum academic cumulative average of 3.500. Other scholarships are available based on financial need and academic record. Information regarding these can be obtained at the chemistry office or from the faculty member serving as Chairperson of the Scholarship and Awards Committee. The Department also has a number of annual awards for academic achievement, determined by the faculty and announced each spring.