Chemistry is a discipline fundamental to a wide variety of careers in industry, research, and the allied health fields. A strong foundation in chemistry is necessary for careers in medicine, molecular biology, biochemistry, industrial or government research, pharmacy, high school teaching, and chemical engineering. A background in chemistry may also be useful for careers in chemical sales, industrial management, business administration, and environmental management.
The Department of Chemistry offers two B.S. degree programs approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), two non-ACS-certified B.S. degree programs and a researchbased M.S. degree, which provide the background necessary for a career in industry or for further graduate studies in chemistry and related fields. In addition, a B.A. degree in chemistry is available for students who plan to pursue a career in chemical industry, secondary education, or professional studies in areas such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, andoptometry. A minimum chemistry GPA of 2.0 is required in the B.S. and B.A. degree programs.
Students are urged to consult with their academic advisors every semester. Students should work with their academic advisors to develop a long-range plan for academic progress rather than merely selecting courses on a semester-by-semester basis.
Programs leading to careers in pharmacy and chemical engineering are available in cooperation with other institutions. Please see the "Preparation for Professional Schools " section in this Catalog for details.
Cooperative Education Program
Students majoring in Chemistry may obtain practical work experience in chemistry before graduation by participating in the Chemistry Cooperative Education Experience any time after the completion of Sophomore year and CHEM 2132 . A minimum GPA of 2.5 overall and 2.5 in chemistry is required. At least two semesters of full-time work assignments on alternating semesters must be completed concurrent with enrollment in CHEM 3500 . Advisors will assist students to design a schedule that accommodates both work assignments and the upper-division chemistry courses which are normally offered on alternate semesters. Experiences are arranged in coordination with the University Career Center.
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