Chemistry is often described as being the central science. It provides an atomic level description of such diverse fields as medicine, nanotechnology, and environmental science. The bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares students for successful entry into a professional career in industry or government, a pharmaceutical degree, or graduate studies in chemistry and allied disciplines. The chemistry major provides a rigorous and comprehensive background in all aspects of chemistry. Students interested in pharmacy school are strongly encouraged to pursue a BS in chemistry. Undergraduate research projects are offered on a regular basis and guidance is provided to all majors concerning careers in chemistry. Frequent consultation with your faculty advisor is strongly encouraged.
Students must complete—at Shawnee State— at least 12 credit hours in their majors. The 12 hours must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level. In the case of the BS natural science, at least 8 of the 12 upper division hours must be in the first concentration.
General Electives: Elective hours are not limited to any particular area of study and can be earned in science to enhance the major or to complete requirements for a minor. Courses from all departments of the University can be used to satisfy the electives requirements. Electives should include courses in the arts and humanities. Coherent groups of courses are encouraged and should be chosen with the student’s career objectives and personal interests in mind. Consultation with your faculty advisor is highly recommended so that electives can be an important component of your educational experience.