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Department of Chemistry and Physics

Degree Programs

Chemistry, the central science, is an excellent springboard to careers in many specialized areas-from biotechnology and materials science to environmental protection. About 60% of B.S. graduates will work in industries ranging from huge multinational corporations to small entrepreneurial firms with the balance in academic, biomedical, and public sector institutions.

Most chemists are involved in either research and development or production of chemicals and materials. Many laboratory chemists perform analyses for biomedical, forensic, environmental, and production quality control purposes. Others are responsible for facility environmental health and product applications.

Biochemical Science
A strong background in both biology and chemistry as provided by a degree in biochemical science opens many doors to employment and graduate studies. All individuals pursuing careers in medicine must have a fundamental understanding and background in biochemistry. Opportunities for the biochemical sciences major abound in a variety of areas.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemical Science will prepare the student for admission to medical school, graduate schools of biology and biochemistry, professional schools of health including cardiopulmonary science, medical technology, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.  as well as baccalaureate level positions in research, teaching, and sales.

Biochemical Science is an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to prepare graduates for vocations that utilize chemistry in biological systems. Students interested in graduate studies in biological sciences, chemistry, and related fields should judiciously select electives.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Physics offers an excellent starting point for students interested in future graduate studies in physics or engineering, as well as providing a solid foundation for students seeking a career in a variety of laboratory, industrial, or engineering settings.

The Theoretical Physics concentration is a traditional undergraduate degree in Physics, appropriate for students with a general interest in physics and potentially planning on pursuing graduate studies in physics, astronomy, applied mathematics or other related fields. 

The Applied Physics concentration focuses on applications in electronics, microprocessors, and electronic instrumentation.  Students majoring in Physics with an Applied Physics concentration have moved directly into jobs in industry and have also used the degree to pursue graduate studies in Electrical Engineering.