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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.

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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.

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Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree in Chemistry

The Accelerated degree in Chemistry allows academically qualified students to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees (two diplomas are awarded) in five years.

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Minor in Chemistry

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.

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Chemistry Doctorate Degree (PhD)

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.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

Please send inquiries to coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805. We look forward to hearing from you.