Chemistry Degree Options

The VSU Chemistry Department offers degree options to prepare chemistry students 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.

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.

Students preparing for pharmacy school should follow our two-year Pre-Pharmacy plan. View a Pre-Pharmacy Chemistry program map and course checklist.

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.

Students should engage in hands-on experiences that allow them to relate the activity to the their own lives. This process is known as experiential learning and is critical to a student's education and academic 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 beginning of a student's chemistry education to their senior year. 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.