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, environmental, manufacturing or other allied fields.
Pursue your interest in biochemistry without taking additional courses with our new biochemistry concentration. Chemistry majors in this concentration gain an enhanced ability to engage in critical thinking and communicate scientific ideas across disciplines. Interested students can contact their academic advisors for more information.
Chemistry undergraduates benefit from the personalized guidance of a departmental faculty adviser, who will be assigned to them during their freshman year.
Drexel Co-op for BS in Chemistry Students
The high concentration of pharmaceutical and chemical firms in the Philadelphia area provides a wide range of co-op and professional opportunities, in addition to co-ops across the country and abroad. Past chemistry co-ops have included positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, NASA, Merck, Ethicon and Arkema. 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.
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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 and forensic firms.
Learn more about the degree in the Course Catalog
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.
CAREERS for Drexel Chemistry Students
The technical and creative-thinking skills acquired in Drexel’s Chemistry program prepare students for careers in a wide range of specialties. Our graduates often work in development, testing or manufacturing within the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Others have gone on to graduate school to prepare for chemical research positions or for faculty positions in academia. Students who opt for the BA degree typically enroll in professional schools to prepare for careers in medicine, dentistry or law.