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Chemistry Undergraduate Programs

Chemistry often is considered the liberal arts degree of the technical world and serves as an integral component of modern research in medicine, the environment, new materials and energy technology. Chemists study the atomic and molecular properties of materials and evaluate the subsequent reactions.


Beyond careers in chemistry, chemists have professional roles in engineering, medicine, business, education and law where a technical background is highly recommended for work in patents and environmental law.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, master of science and doctor of philosophy degrees in chemistry. Students also can pursue a combined bachelor’s and master’s program to complete both degrees in five years. The bachelor’s degree is certified by the American Chemical Society. Supporting work in mathematics and physics and a personal selection of electives allow each student to customize his or her degree to match their career objectives. The bachelor of arts option is well suited for students with an interest in chemistry but with career aspirations in law, business, education or fields requiring technical literacy

Degree Programs


Chemistry, B.A.

Provides students with a broad background in chemistry within the framework of a liberal arts education. This option is appropriate for students seeking an understanding of the basics but who do not anticipate a career as a research scientist.

Chemistry, B.S.C

Degree option in chemistry consists of chemistry, physics, mathematics, writing and humanities courses that serve as the groundwork for graduate or advanced professional study.

Chemistry, Accelerated Master’s

Highly motivated students can accelerate their education and earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in chemistry in five years.

Brewing Laboratory Science Certificate

Designed to prepare individuals to work in or administer the laboratory facilities in a typical craft or regional brewery.

Chemistry Minor

Students majoring in other disciplines are encouraged to minor in chemistry.

Professional Opportunities

  • Industrial Chemist
  • Food Scientist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Environmental Inspector/Technician
  • Secondary Ed Chemistry Teacher
  • Materials Engineer