Chemistry majors may choose to focus on one of the following options.
Chemistry (Professional) Option
This option includes a core of chemistry courses including organic, inorganic, analytical,
and physical chemistry and biochemistry. Supporting math and physics electives are
also required. The chemistry option is designed to prepare students for careers in
chemistry, biochemistry, or other related fields such as medicine, patent law, chemical
business (and marketing) or science writing (see "Futures in Chemistry" for more options).
Chemists are in high demand in industrial, government and academic laboratories. Students
electing to take the chemistry option will be well prepared both for advanced graduate
study (including medical school) and for immediate employment in the chemical industry
(including the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries), government, or business.
This option includes a core of chemistry, biochemistry, and biology courses for the
student interested in the molecular nature of biological materials and life processes.
A choice of biological science electives will allow the students to prepare for careers
in plant, animal, or microbial biochemistry or in medicine. Trained biochemical scientists
are much in demand for research and teaching in universities and for research and
development work in chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, medicinal
laboratories, and in state and federal government. Students who complete the curriculum
satisfactorily will be prepared to assume responsible, professional positions or undertake
graduate level work in the life sciences, including medical school.
This option is designed to prepare prospective teachers of chemistry at the secondary
level. It provides a thorough background in the basic fields of chemistry and an acquaintance
with the more relevant aspects of chemistry in society, which are essential to the
practicing teacher of chemistry.
Chemistry/Biochemistry Minors (Non-teaching)
A minor in chemistry or biochemistry is offered for students with other majors who
wish to receive formal acknowledgement for taking a core of intermediate-level chemistry
and/or biochemistry courses. The minor is designed to strengthen the students' opportunities
for admission to graduate school or for industrial employment.