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A Bachelor of Science in chemistry prepares you for a career in the physical sciences.

The Bachelor of Science in chemistry program gives you a unique insight into central areas of physical science. This program offers in-depth, hands-on instruction utilizing cutting-edge technology and modern instrumentation. Students can choose a broad training in chemistry or opt for a concentration in biochemistry.
 
Small class sizes mean students are able to conduct lab and field research alongside faculty and have their findings published in leading scientific publications. Undergraduates have many opportunities to present their research at state, regional, and national levels in focus areas such as nanotechnology, organometallics, physical organic chemistry, radiochemistry, and thermal acoustics.
 
UAFS chemistry graduates have begun successful careers with leading area manufacturers like Rockline Industries and national corporations like Walgreens. Others have chosen to continue their education through the UAFS Master of Science in Healthcare Administration program or Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 

What can I do with a degree in chemistry?

A chemistry degree can lead to many varied career paths in professions such as medicine, pharmacology, agriculture, chemical engineering, journalism, law, forensic science, and biochemistry. Many graduates also decide to continue their education by attending graduate school. 
 

Though salaries and outlooks vary based on career fields and levels of education, people with a chemistry degree earned a median salary of $80,680 at the national level in 2020. Our chemistry graduates pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Pharmacist
  • Toxicologist
  • Family and General Practitioner
  • Physician/Surgeon
  • Pediatrician
  • Optometrist
  • Dentist
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Physician’s Assistant

Format

On Campus



Credit Hours

120



 

Concentration Options

Biochemistry
Students completing the biochemistry concentration are prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level or medical, dental, optometry, veterinary, or pharmacy school as well as other health professional areas or direct employment in biomedical-related careers.
 
Professional Chemistry
Students completing the professional chemistry concentration are prepared to continue their studies at the graduate level or pursue an entry-level job in the chemical industry or STEM-related workforce.

Minors

Chemistry
A minor in chemistry is also available for non-majors who are interested in a basic understanding of the field to provide a basis for advanced study. 
 
Physics
This 15-17-hour program complements degrees in all areas of science by providing a unique insight into the physical sciences. 
 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the chemistry program will be able to demonstrate:
  • Their knowledge of chemistry theory via standardized testing.
  • Ability to use the scientific method in the setting of a modern chemistry lab.
  • The ability to present research data to a professional audience in a professional manner.
  • Their understanding of social and ethical issues surrounding scientific and technological progress.

The chemistry program will also enhance students' abilities in the following areas:

  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
    • Identify a problem or issue and research, evaluate, and compare information from varying sources in order to evaluate authority, accuracy, recency, and bias relevant to the problem/issue.
    • Generate solutions/analysis of evaluated problems/issues and assess and justify the solutions and/or analysis
  • Communication Skills
    • Communicate proficiently
    • Compose coherent documents appropriate to the intended audience
    • Effectively communicate orally in a public setting
  • Ethical Decision Making
    • Model ethical decision-making processes
    • Identify ethical dilemmas and affected parties
    • Apply ethical frameworks to resolve a variety of ethical dilemmas
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives
    • Reflect upon cultural differences and their implications for interacting with people from cultures other than their own
    • Demonstrate understanding or application of the discipline in a global environment
    • Demonstrate how the discipline impacts or is impacted by different cultures

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