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The major in chemistry provides students with a well-rounded understanding of the major branches in the field of chemistry. Students pursuing the curriculum in chemistry will be exposed to basic theoretical and practical experiences including research techniques and instrumentation. In addition to training in other science disciplines, the chemistry program provides opportunities for students to pursue unique interdisciplinary training that will prepare them for new, developing careers in the job market. The chemistry program also prepares students for graduate study as well as careers in research, health, and industry.

Students selecting chemistry as a minor are required to complete at least 20 semester hours of chemistry including Chemistry 150 and 152.

Professional Chemistry majors have four options in the selection of chemistry as a major.

  • Professional Chemistry for Pre-Health Career majors
  • Professional Chemistry for Graduate School, Industry
  • Professional Chemistry with an Environmental Science Minor
  • Professional Chemistry Radiochemistry Career Tract


Chemistry majors may declare a minor of their choice.


Professional Chemistry Pre-Health Career Tract

Chemistry Pre-Health Career Majors must complete the needed chemistry credits and necessary biology course for admission to medical school and to ensure coverage of the medical college admissions test subject materials. Chemistry majors who follow the Pre-Health Career Tract will be prepared to pursue additional studies and careers in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and other health related careers. Pre-Health Career majors recommended electives: Botany, Genetics, and Microbiology.


Professional Chemistry Graduate School/Industry Tract
Recommended electives: Zoology, Botany


Professional Chemistry Environmental Science Tract
Recommended electives: Botany, Biostatistics, and Waste Management.


Professional Chemistry Radiochemistry Career Tract


TEACHING OF CHEMISTRY— The program in the teaching of chemistry is designed to prepare students to teach chemistry and general science in middle and secondary schools. In addition to the basic features necessary for teacher preparation, the interdisciplinary training of the program also provides opportunities for students to pursue careers related to and supportive of teaching such as in counseling, educational research or administration.