College of Arts and Sciences


Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, and Astronomy

The chemistry major provides an excellent academic background for graduate school; for a career as an industrial chemist; for acceptance into medical, dental, veterinary or other professional health-related programs; and for positions in chemical instrument sales or chemically related administrative positions. Minimum Degree: Regardless of which degree track students seek, they are encouraged to take as many chemistry courses as possible above the minimum to enhance their professional skills and employment opportunities.

The biochemistry major, like the chemistry major, has many attractive attributes for potential students.  The most significant difference between the chemistry and biochemistry majors is that biochemistry has a focus on chemical aspects of the life sciences in the junior and senior years.  Consequently, the major is an excellent choice for students interested in a combination of chemistry and life science.  

All bachelor degrees require a minimum of 120 credits hours.  The general education (Core) requirements are different for the B.A. and B.S. degrees and must be satisfied along with the credits for the major.

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 chemistry department or the appropriate department for details. The B.S. degree is set up to enable the student who so desires to take a minor in one of these areas.

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