Chemistry: a reaction, a synthesis, a journey into science
The rigorous chemistry program deals with the study of matter, its properties, its
transformations and the factors underlying changes of these substances.
Students learn to perform and design chemical experiments by using modern instrumentation
(including NMR, FT-IR, GC-MS, and HPLC) and computers in a well-equipped laboratory
where they can experience chemical phenomena for themselves. Some examples of the
scope of Chemistry include: synthesis of polymers and drugs; analyses of foods; study
of environmental hazards; and calculations of energy values of molecular orbitals.
It is important that students consult closely with their department advisers about
their programs, particularly in the selection of proper electives to satisfy the entrance
requirements of the various professional schools.
- The Bachelor of Arts degree program is recommended for those students interested in secondary education
science teaching, a career in health care (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine,
etc.) or a career in the paramedical laboratory specialties. The prospective secondary
school teacher will also consult with the education department.
- The Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for those majors who seek employment as a chemist/biochemist
or for those who intend to study chemistry in graduate school. Research is required
for the B.S. degree.