Chemistry and Physics
Web: Chemistry and STM Degree Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Henry Snyder, Interim Program Director
Hall Memorial Building, Room N302B
This program contains two disciplines: chemistry and physics.
Chemistry: Chemistry is the study of the composition and reactions of substances. The study of chemistry can apply to a wide variety of fields, including forensic science, environmental studies, the development and testing of medicines, chemical engineering, agriculture and food processing, and research into new energy sources.
Physics: Physics is the study of matter, energy, and motion. Concepts taught in physics are essential for advanced chemistry courses and professional work. A thorough knowledge of physics can form a basis for work in many areas of modern science and engineering, and can provide an excellent background for the development and application of advanced technologies in medicine, law, and business.
The Chemistry and Physics Program offers several majors in chemistry that provide flexibility to match any career goal. Choose from either a bachelor of art (B.A.) degree in chemistry, a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree in chemistry, or a bachelor of art degree in chemical technology. The Department also offers a minor in chemistry.
For graduate studies in chemistry or a related field, then a B.S. in chemistry is the right choice. If you want to pursue a career in chemistry, but don't plan to go to graduate school in chemistry or a related field, you should get a B.A. in chemistry.
A B.A. degree in chemical technology is offered to students interested in a career as a technical assistant in a commercial, federal, or industrial laboratory setting. Many chemical technology graduates have become educators teaching science to elementary, middle, or high school students. This option prepares the student for graduate study in chemistry and for most entry-level positions as chemists in industry and government.
For continuation in the major, the student must maintain a cumulative degree average of 2.0 or better in chemistry courses numbered 300 and above.
Declaring a Major
Requirements for Admission to a Major in Chemistry
To declare a major in chemistry, a student must have successfully completed the following chemistry courses:
- CHE 107
- CHE 108
- CHE 109
- CHE 110
Undergraduate Majors and Minors offered: