Chemistry Degree Options
VSU Chemistry degree options prepare you to succeed in a wide variety of careers. For students who know the career they want, we offer specialized degrees in Environmental Chemistry, Business and entrepreneurship, Teaching, and many health science fields. If you have a different career in mind or aren’t sure yet, that’s ok too. Follow the Pre-Professional option so that you can customize your own degree plan to suit your individual interests. Students planning to attend graduate school then have a career in chemical research should check out the American Chemical Society (ACS) - certified options in Chemistry or Biochemistry.
Read more about each of our degree options below or download a summary with four-year degree plans and a checklist for all the Chemistry degree options.
Information about Chemistry Degree Options
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* These degree options for Chemistry and for Biochemistry are certified by the American Chemical Society as being rigorous and the highest quality education and training for chemists. Find out how an ACS-certified degree benefits your future chemistry career.
To help you plan your schedule for whatever degree option you follow, we provide a list of Chemistry courses offered during the next two years. Talk with your Academic Advisor and Faculty Mentor about picking a degree option, classes, and a career that fits your interests.
If you can't fit a full chemistry degree program in your VSU schedule, you can still get a Minor in Chemistry by completing Organic I and Organic II (CHEM 3401 and 3402) then at least seven more credit hours.
As a chemistry student, you will engage in hands-on experiences that relate the activities to your life. This process is known as experiential learning and is critical to your academic and personal growth. Experiential learning is especially important in chemistry since chemists must not only observe the scientific phenomena they study but also reflect, conceptualize, and apply their knowledge in new ways that affects the world around them.
We incorporate experiential learning from the very first chemistry course to the last. Students receive experiential learning (EL) credit for Principles of Chemistry I and II labs (CHEM 1211L and CHEM 1212L), qualitative analysis (CHEM 2310), first-year and senior year seminars (CHEM 1210 and CHEM 4210), and undergraduate research (CHEM 4910). These opportunities for experiential learning provide VSU Chemistry students with a rich, rewarding education that prepares them for future success. Read about the EL credit courses.