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Bachelor of Science (BS) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry

"Chemistry is a problem-based major and a great
pre-med path."

Victoria Smith

BS Chemistry '19

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Drexel’s Department of Chemistry offers two undergraduate degrees to meet the goals and interests of its students. A BS in chemistry provides a certified curriculum with substantial research experience, while a BA in chemistry provides a solid chemistry core within a flexible curriculum.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society. The chemistry BS program provides a complete introduction to the many subfields 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 in chemistry 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.

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Biochemistry Concentration — (BS) in Chemistry

Pursue your interest in biochemistry without taking additional courses with our new biochemistry concentration. Bachelor of Science in 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.

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry 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. BA in 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.

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Chemistry Student & Alumni Stories

"I am interested in research in fields that broadly impact public health and create global solutions for a better world."

Ann Haftl

BS + MS Chemistry '19

"I’ve learned to take charge of my education and manage my time to optimize what I am able to accomplish."

Kiana Williams

BA Chemistry '19

"Because the chemistry department is small, I really got to know my classmates and professors. Everyone is extremely supportive of one another."

Matthew Levine

BS Chemistry '18

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Drexel Co-op for Undergraduate 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. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry is offered in a four-year, one co-op format. Past chemistry co-ops have included positions at:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • NASA
  • Merck
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Arkema
  • And many more!

Five-Year, Three-Co-op Option

Four-Year, One-Co-op Option

Four-Year, No Co-op Option

Chemistry Undergraduate Research

Glass Beakers on a table

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 chemistry undergraduate 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.

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Discover Careers in Chemistry

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.

Begin Your Journey Today

We invite you to get firsthand information about a Drexel education – apply for a degree in chemistry or visit campus. Contact Department Administrator, Tina Lewinksi at for more information.

Prospective Students

Please email or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Undergraduate Advising

Paige Chmielewski, Academic Adviser, Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Paige Chmielewski

Senior Academic Adviser
Korman Center 297
215.895.0271 |

Jenna Gregory

Jenna Gregory

Senior Academic Adviser; Coordinator, BRIDGE program
3018 MacAlister Hall
215.895.2590 |