College of Arts and Sciences


Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy
About the Major in Chemistry

The chemistry major (B.S., B.S. (A.C.S.), or B.A.) provides an excellent academic background for graduate school; for a career as an industrial chemist; for acceptance into medical, dental, or other professional health-related programs; and for positions in chemical instrument sales or chemically related administrative positions.

Minimum Degree: Students not receiving the Professional American Chemical Society(A.C.S.) degree are encouraged to take as many chemistry courses as possible above the minimum to enhance their professional skills and employment possibilities.

Recommended Minors (15 to 20 credit hours)

Although a minor is not required, it may enhance professional opportunities. Recommended minors: biology, computer science, geosciences, mathematics, or physics. Consult the appropriate department for details. The B.S. degree is designed to enable the student who so desires to take a minor in one of these areas.

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