The Department of Chemistry offers B.A. and B.S. undergraduate degree programs. These degrees offer considerable flexibility, and students may follow a number of paths through the program to prepare them for their intended career goals. Some commonly followed programs of study are:
An American Chemical Society Certified degree is the preferred program of study for students planning to attend graduate school in chemistry or to work as a chemist in an industrial setting.
Chemistry provides an excellent foundation for a career in Medicine. In fact, a Chemistry undergraduate degree is proven to produce higher MCAT scores than Biology or Biochemistry degrees (Source: Association of American Medical Colleges).
A program intended for students who wish to obtain a Pharmacy degree. It completely satisfies the entrance requirements for the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. Most pharmacy schools have similar requirements, but you should check the specific requirements for any other school.
"Chemistry is a common major for pharmacy applicants, because many of the course prerequisites for pharmacy are often incorporated into the standard chemistry curriculum." (Source: Association of American Colleges of Pharmacy)
Dental schools generally do not care about the undergraduate major of a given student. The critical factors are DAT score, GPA, and letter of recommendation. If a student scores well on the DAT and has a solid background in the sciences, the major choice is irrelevant. For the class of 2008, 53.7% of applicants enrolled had an undergraduate major in the biological science,s and 55.2% had chemistry/physical science majors. Pre-dentistry or other health-related majors were indicated by 49.3% of applicants enrolled. Considering that the DAT contains a heavy emphasis on chemistry, an undergraduate degree in chemistry makes the most sense.
This program is designed to satisfy admissions prerequisites for Optometry School and for taking the Optometry Admissions Test (OAT). A degree in chemistry will give an optometry applicant a better chance to score well on the OAT since there exists an emphasis on chemistry in multiple sections of the test.
A technical degree that also includes a large component of humanities and social sciences. B.A. graduates can attend law school, work in chemical sales, and teach at the high-school level.