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Overview: In addition to those interested in pursuing a graduate degree and a career in chemistry or education, there are many students who use a degree in chemistry to prepare for medical school, other health related professions, or law school.
Curriculum: The Department of Chemistry places a great emphasis on undergraduate research. Thus, B.A. and B.S. majors have ample opportunity to pursue research projects under the close mentorship of a full-time faculty member. Students use a variety of specialized equipment and computers in their laboratories and in their research. Students in upper-level chemistry courses enjoy small classes and personalized attention. The Department's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree has been certified by the American Chemical Society. The Department has received continuous certification since 1946.
Faculty: The faculty of the Department of Chemistry strives to encourage and support student research in chemistry which involves a one-on-one interaction with faculty mentors; to maintain an informal atmosphere in which student teacher interactions with regard to course work as well as research are encouraged; to promote among its faculty excellence in teaching, individual scholarship and participation in professional organizations; to provide counseling regarding opportunities for either graduate study, industrial careers or other avenues open to chemistry graduates; and to adopt a collegial atmosphere in its contacts with students and faculty from other units of the university.
Careers: Graduates with a degree in Chemistry are prepared to pursue careers in education, chemical research and development in industry or government laboratories, pharmaceutical research and drug development, environmental research, management and administration in the chemical industry, and chemical and pharmaceutical sales. Other graduates continue through law school and specialize in patent law or environmental law. The public health sector is also a common area for chemists to work.
Internships: Selected undergraduate students can apply to work with faculty in undergraduate laboratories as Laboratory Assistants. Lab Assistants receive a stipend. Some students have had summer jobs at Sigma-Aldrich and Monsanto. There are occasional co-op opportunities most notably with Sigma-Aldrich in St. Louis. There are also summer research opportunities with faculty members in the Department of Chemistry.
Scholarships: Teaching, research, and lab assistantships, scholarships, and other opportunities are available.