Chemistry is the branch of natural science that deals with the properties and classification of matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the energy associated with these changes. Research by chemists increases our knowledge about chemicals and their roles in the natural world, and has led to the discovery and development of new and improved products and advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing, and other fields. Those interested in a rewarding career that provides financial security, promotes self-respect, and offers the opportunity to work on stimulating and breakthrough projects should consider a career in chemistry.
The Department of Chemistry and Physics' Bachelor of Science in chemistry has four options available for specialization: American Chemical Society Certifed Chemistry, Biochemistry, DNA Analysis, and Forensic Chemistry.
This degree option satisfies the requirements for certification to the American Chemical Society (ACS), and represents the minimum undergraduate preparation recommended by the ACS for the professional chemist. The chemistry curriculum prepares students for careers as professional chemists and provides an excellent basis for graduate and professional areas of study.
Choose one 7-8 hour track
Choose two of the following to include a minimum of 3 hours of lab work
The biochemistry curriculum prepares students for careers in biochemistry, chemistry, and biotechnology and provides an excellent basis for graduate and professional areas of study.
This degree program was crafted in close consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. This ensures that graduates leave Southeast fully qualified to begin a career as a DNA analyst in forensic and other DNA testing laboratories.
Students completing this degree option will complete course work and experiential preparation recommended by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and favored by forensic laboratory directors. Students earn a chemistry degree while gaining added knowledge, expertise, and experience required to be successful in the world of forensic science.