While you are free to choose any course as an elective in our program, some students elect to focus on specific areas.
A number of awards are given to outstanding undergraduates to recognize exceptional performance.
The undergraduate laboratory program emphasizes the hands-on use of modern research-grade instruments that allow students to become familiar with real-world equipment and tecniques used in research and industry.
Chemistry or Chemical Engineering – What Is the Difference
Many students who are interested in chemistry think of chemical engineering as their major - what is the difference? Both disciplines deal with much the same things and there is much overlap, but the basic differences are novelty and scale.
It is sometimes said that a chemist wears a lab coat; a chemical engineer wears a hard hat. But more specifically:
So you’re interested in chemistry?
Perhaps you’re pretty sure that chemistry is the subject you want to major in, or, perhaps, it is just one of several possibilities.
Perhaps you’re not sure what a chemist really does after college.
Chemistry majors can use the Chemistry electives to fulfill a minor requirement in another department. They can also take a dual major by using the electives in one department to take the required courses in the other. This is difficult with Engineering departments but less so with other Science or H&SS departments. Because a dual major program involves a heavy load of challenging courses, students should not choose this option without careful consideration.
For students who plan to apply to medical or dental school. Chemistry is a good background from which to enter the medical field. The following courses are recommended before the senior year as preparation for the qualifying exams required for admission to medical school: Biol-4270-4280 Human Physiology I and II; Biol-4620 Molecular Biology.
Two Communications courses should be included among H&SS options.
For more information, see the Pre-Med Program page.