Undergraduate Chemistry Program Overview
Chemistry offers two degree programs, either of which serves as adequate preparation for graduate work. The B.A. program is designed for students who wish to pursue a very flexible course of study, and the B.S. program is for those who desire a more complete training in chemistry and plan to continue professionally in the field after graduation, either in graduate school or in industry. The curriculum for the B.S. degree meets the certification requirements of the American Chemical Society. A handbook describing these programs is available in the department undergraduate office.
Medicinal Chemistry Program Overview
The bachelor of science degree program in medicinal chemistry provides (1) a basic chemical understanding of life processes and biological control; (2) a chemical basis for the rational design, synthesis, and mechanism of action of drugs, and selective metabolic inhibition; (3) the basic laboratory skills necessary for research in medicinal chemistry; (4) an appreciation of medicinal chemistry and the chemical aspects of pharmacology; and (5) a chemically oriented foundation for postbaccalaureate research and study in medicinal chemistry and professional studies in the health sciences.
Depending upon the choice of electives, this program can provide an optimum background for employment as a B.S.-level medicinal chemist in research institutes, industry, and government; for entrance to graduate school in this or related areas; and for entrance to professional school in the health sciences.