Chemistry Degree Options


New: Chemistry students interested in a pharmacy career can save one year of time and tuition earning their VSU Chemistry degree and PCOM PharmD degree.


The VSU Chemistry Department offers degree options to prepare you for success in a wide variety of careers.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the leading organization for chemists in the United States. it certifies the quality of academic chemistry programs like ours. The ACS Certified Chemistry degree and the ACS Certified Chemistry degree with a Biochemistry Option provide a rigorous academic experience that prepares you for graduate school and a career in the chemical industry. View an ACS Certified Chemistry degree program map and course checklist. View an ACS Certified Chemistry degree with a Biochemistry Option program map and course checklist. Learn more about why an ACS-certified degree is important.

The Pre-Professional Bachelor's degree option gives you more flexibility in your choice of classes and is appropriate for students preparing for health sciences careers, medical or dental school, teaching, or other professions, or if you are double-majoring. View a Pre-Professional Chemistry degree program map and course checklist.

Our Pre-Pharmacy program provides several ways for Chemistry students to prepare for pharmacy school. We have special arrangements with the PCOM School of Pharmacy that can save students time and tuition while earning both a Chemistry degree and a PharmD degree. Alternatively, students can complete the minimum requirements for enrolling in most pharmacy schools in as little as two years.

If you can't fit a full chemistry degree program in your VSU schedule, you can still get a Minor in Chemistry. View a program map.

To help you plan your schedule, we provide a list of Chemistry courses offered during the next two years.


Experiential Learning

As a chemistry student, you will engage in hands-on experiences that relate the activities to the your own 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.