Chemistry Degrees Offered
The Department of Chemistry offers a number of chemistry degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
Undergraduates in the Department of Chemistry are encouraged to participate in faculty research programs as early as their first year. This provides a unique learning experience not found at many other institutions. Additionally, Drexel University distinguishes itself by offering a cooperative education program as a supplement to the traditional undergraduate experience. Students have the opportunity to participate in up to three, six-month periods of employment, many of which are paid opportunities. The high concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the Philadelphia area results in a wide range of professional opportunities.
Our graduates have gone on to be leaders in their fields. Many have been recognized for their contributions to academic, industrial and governmental research organizations around the world.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry Degree
The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry has a 4-year, 1 co-op option and is designed for students who want flexibility in the selection of courses in other fields of science, in addition to basic education in chemistry. This degree is particularly beneficial to those wanting a solid background in chemistry to enter medical school or other related field.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry Degree
The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is offered in three formats: a 5-year, 3 co-op option; a 4-year, 1 co-op option; and a 4-year non-co-op option. Each student plans a course of study and selects electives in consultation with an adviser in the chemistry department. Students who show initiative and laboratory ability are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research by selecting a research problem in collaboration with one of the departmental faculty members. The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry degree also offers a concentration in Biochemistry.
Accelerated BS + MS Degree in Chemistry
The Accelerated degree in Chemistry allows academically qualified undergraduate students to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.
This program provides a solid grounding in the principles and applications of biochemistry for students interested in exploring in more depth the chemistry of living organisms. Offered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biology, the minor in Biochemistry consists of a set of regularly offered courses in the two departments. The program efficiently complements degree requirements for students majoring in the natural sciences, engineering and the health sciences. It is highly recommended to students interested in pursuing a career in biology, chemistry, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, material sciences, medicine, pharmaceutics or chemical biology. The minor must accompany another major program.
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The Minor in Chemistry is designed to expose students to each of the major sub-disciplines of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic and physical. As chemistry is an experimental science, at least two laboratory courses must be taken for the minor. Students should note that their academic program might require certain chemistry courses that can also be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.
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Master of Science (MS) in Chemistry Degree
The Master of Science in Chemistry offers courses in analytical, atmospheric, inorganic, organic, materials, physical, educational and polymer chemistry. Graduate students gain an understanding of the purpose and need for fundamental research while working on problems of practical interest and application to the challenges facing mankind in the modern world.
Doctorate (PhD) in Chemistry Degree
The PhD in Chemistry is awarded in any of six main types of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, educational or polymer chemistry. The degree recipient must demonstrate scholastic breadth in chemistry and contribute significantly to scientific advancement in the chosen major area. Requirements of the program include coursework, candidacy examinations, a chemical information retrieval or technical writing course, and successful completion of a publishable doctorate thesis.