Our department offers two programs to accommodate the variety of backgrounds and interests of students with a desire to major in chemistry. Either degree is quite appropriate for students intending to teach in secondary school:
Biochemistry is the study of composition of living organisms at the molecular level and the chemical reactions that regulate life. Integrating the fields of chemistry, cell biology, genetics, physics and related disciplines in its approach, biochemistry uses experimentation to probe the workings of nature.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is designed for students who plan to enter industry or to pursue graduate study in chemistry. The B.S. option places a greater emphasis on mathematics and its scientific applications.
The minor in chemistry is designed to develop problem-solving ability, laboratory skills, data collection and an knowledge base in the areas of organic and inorganic chemistry. The minor will instill knowledge valuable to a variety of fields, including pharmaceutical, health care, dentistry, ecology, and teaching.
The purpose of the medical laboratory science major is to provide students who wish to become medical laboratory scientists a broad liberal arts background which they can take advantage of throughout their professional careers.