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The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is the most rigorous preparation for students planning to go on to careers or Ph.D. programs in chemistry. It is accredited by the American Chemical Society, and encompasses a strong foundation in all the traditional divisions of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry allows students greater flexibility in shaping their degree programs, and most notably does not require completion of calculus. This program is intended to expand the accessibility of chemistry degrees, especially to those switching to a chemistry major later in their undergraduate careers and those for whom chemistry might be only one facet of their ultimate career plans.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry sacrifices depth in the other disciplines for specific focus on theoretical and technical content specific to the interface of chemistry and molecular biology. This degree is the most rigorous preparation for students pursuing employment or further education specifically in biochemistry.

The BS/MS degree is a program that combines the last two years of a traditional BS degree and a MS degree into three years (requiring a total of 5 years to complete the two degrees). BS/MS students participate in summer research and are likely to contribute to the department's teaching mission as instructors, and a limited number of tuition waivers and stipends are available. The degree is recommended to ambitious students eager to increase their competitiveness in the job market or Ph.D. admissions relative to BS degree holders. Note that the catalog entry for this program will be updated in 2016/2017 to recommend rather than require 2211/2213 and 2232/2234 as prerequisites, and to require only 3 of the 4 core 6600- level CHEM courses. Application requirements can be found here.

The stand-alone Master of Science in Chemistry degree is a two-year degree that can emphasize either coursework or research, and either breadth or depth of chemical expertise. Summer research is typically expected, and a limited number of stipends is available for students prepared to serve as teaching assistants. Apply here through the ISU Graduate School.

The College of Science and Engineering also offers a PhD degree in Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Masters in Science in Chemistry. Participants in each of these niche degree programs may choose advisors from among the Chemistry faculty and construct curricula including significant proportions of chemistry classes.


Chemistry/Biochemistry Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

These Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) for the Chemistry/Biochemistry Majors are consistent with the specific guidelines set forth by the American Chemical Society.

Students graduating with Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry will demonstrate:

• A thorough knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry (and related disciplines such as Biology, Physics and Mathematics), including atomic and molecular structure,
chemical dynamics and the chemical and physical properties of substances.

• A competence in the subfields of chemistry, such as Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Physical, and Biochemistry.

• The ability to read, evaluate, interpret, chemical and general scientific data, information and literature.

• The ability to communicate (both oral and written communications) and present scientific information.

• The ability to design and carry out experiments effectively and safely.

• The ability to use routine and modern experimental apparatus and instrument effectively.