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Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. The program provides a complete introduction to the many sub-fields of chemistry, along with significant hands-on laboratory research experience. All students are required to earn at least 9 credits of undergraduate research experience prior to graduation. The BS degree is well suited for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in chemistry or a related discipline. The degree also assures that students are properly trained and prepared for rewarding careers as chemists in a range of industries, including pharmaceutical, biotech, manufacturing or other allied fields.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is offered in three formats: a five-year, three co-op option; a four-year, one co-op option; and a four-year, no-co-op option.

Five-Year, Three-Co-op Option

Drexel University renowned cooperative education program allows students to alternate periods of full-time, career-related employment with academic study. Students participate in three separate six-month periods of employment, building their resumes and professional network while finding a career that’s right for them.

Four-Year, One-Co-op Option

This option allows students to participate in one six-month co-op placement during the Spring and Summer Quarters of their junior year. To successfully complete this option, elective courses that are usually scheduled for the Spring Quarter of the junior year must be taken at another time: the student may take an increased load during other terms on campus or elect to stay on campus and make up courses during the summer between sophomore and junior years. Those interested in this option should consult with the departmental academic adviser as early as possible.

Four-Year, No Co-op Option

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry can also be completed in four years without co-op employment. Students are not required to pursue studies during any of the Summer Quarters.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

The BA in Chemistry is designed for students who want a foundational education in chemistry and the flexibility to select courses in other fields of science. This program is less demanding mathematically compared to the Bachelor of Science, and is well suited for those interested in entering medical school and other chemistry-related fields, as well as those aspiring to careers in biotechnology, forensic chemistry and environmental chemistry. Graduates might opt to work as laboratory technicians in the pharmaceutical industry, as research assistants in medical school science departments such as toxicology or biochemistry, or as technicians in biotechnology firms.

Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog


Advising Support

Chemistry undergraduates benefit from the personalized guidance of a departmental faculty adviser, who will be assigned to them during their freshman year.

Undergraduate Research in Chemistry

Students who show initiative and laboratory ability are encouraged to develop an individual research project in collaboration with one of the departmental faculty members who agrees to act as the student's research adviser. This research may be done for credit by signing up for the CHEM497 Undergraduate Research course. Generally it is recommended that the student become familiar with the research interests of the department faculty as early as possible. This may be done by reading papers written by the faculty, reviewing faculty profiles, attending the departmental "faculty mini-symposia" held during the Fall Quarter of each year, or by simply talking with the individual faculty members.

During senior year all students are required to select a research adviser and enroll in three quarters of CHEM493 Senior Research Project. Students in the Pennoni Honors Program are required to write a bachelor's thesis describing the work accomplished during this year; other students may choose to write either a bachelor's thesis or a Research Report.