Chemistry (BS, BA, minor)

Program Overview

Chemistry is the “central science.” Such diverse subjects as art, anthropology, geology, biology, materials science, environmental science, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine and psychology have areas in which fundamental principles and process details are understood in terms of chemistry.

Our undergraduate program offers BA and BS degrees with a BS/American Chemical Society certification option and with BS/emphases in biological and materials chemistry.

In addition to the traditional areas of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, we have faculty in a number of fertile cross-disciplinary areas such as bioanalytical, bioorganic and biophysical chemistry; electrochemistry; environmental chemistry, photochemistry, and materials chemistry.

Degrees Offered

  • BS in Chemistry
  • BA in Chemistry
  • BS in Chemistry: ACS Certified
  • BS in Chemistry: Biological Chemistry
  • BS in Chemistry: Materials


  • Chemistry

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Undergraduate participation in research is actively encouraged. We also participate in a five-year Fast-Track Chemistry BA/Teaching Chemistry MAT program and we jointly sponsor the biochemistry degree program with the Department of Biological Sciences. Our facilities support a wide variety of research within and across the traditional boundaries. Our ties with the chemical industry and with government agencies stimulate the generation of new ideas while increasing the range of job opportunities open to our graduates.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

One of the attractive features of a chemistry degree is the flexibility it offers students with regard to career opportunities. Chemistry majors gain valuable critical reasoning, analytical and laboratory skills that allow them to enter a wide array of graduate and professional programs or find immediate employment in an industrial position.

Notable employers include pharmaceutical, petroleum and large chemical companies, as well as private laboratories and small industries. Depending upon the industry, the responsibilities of the baccalaureate chemist range from being completely independent to functioning as a technician. Baccalaureate chemists also find employment in sales and marketing, as there is a high level of demand for instruments, chemicals and supplies. Visit future jobs for more information.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!