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Chemistry Major, Chemistry Option

The chemistry option prepares students for graduate school programs leading to MS and PhD degrees in sub-divisions of Chemistry and Biochemistry or for employment in a variety of setting in industry, education or government. The degree can be customized to suit the needs of students who wish to focus on environmental chemistry. The degree program can be extended to five years through the BS/MS option. For students interested in going to medical school, please see Pre-Med Preparation in Chemistry.

Chemistry Option Curriculum

The standard chemistry option curriculum is shown below. Students should work with their faculty advisor to ensure that their program of study meets all requirements and will allow them to graduate on time.

For additional information on degree requirements, please see the Chemistry section of the University Catalog.

Special Opportunities

Undergraduate Research. All students in Chemistry & Biochemistry are required to complete one research intensive semester as part of the degree. Most begin research in either their sophomore or junior year and continue through graduation, with more than 20 undergraduates working in research labs annually. Research experience is critical for admission into graduate school, for industrial jobs, and is recommended before applying to many medical schools.