Undergraduate Major

Chemistry Major (BS/BA)

Tackle global issues like sustainability by investigating the building blocks of life when you study chemistry. Supported by award-winning professors, you'll gain hands-on experience to take far beyond the lab.

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Program Overview

Embarking on a degree in chemistry at Widener will give you the skills necessary to study the tiniest details of the greatest global issues.

Choose the traditional bachelor’s of science (BS) track to prepare for careers where a BS is required, such as research scientist, technical service, or graduate study in chemistry, or the bachelor’s of arts (BA) track to allow flexible, cross-disciplinary education in preparation for technical sales or professional graduate programs in medicine, pharmacy, law, or physical or occupational therapy. Both degrees offer the possibility of double majors and minors.

Innovative research lives at the heart of your chemistry education. You'll get involved in meaningful research as early as your sophomore year and complete your degree with an independent study project. A practical skill set plus your unique research interests mean you'll be ready to take on a rewarding career in many science professions, including research chemistry, forensics, medicine, pharmaceuticals, and beyond.

And you'll be supported all the way. With small class sizes, you'll receive individualized attention from nationally-recognized faculty who value the chance to get to know you.

The bachelor's of science chemistry degree is certified by the American Chemical Society.

 

Program Options

Students have the option to pursue two chemistry degrees—a bachelor's of science or a bachelor's of arts. The first three semesters of both degrees are identical, giving you the flexibility to select either path during your second year of study. Students are encouraged to declare their degree early in their program and no later than the end of their sophomore year.

Bachelor's of Science (BS) in Chemistry Degree with ACS Certification

The chemistry BS provides in-depth, rigorous, and research-focused coursework across all chemistry disciplines preparing students for careers in research and for graduate study in chemistry. As part of the core curriculum, BS students will receive their nationally-recognized American Chemical Society (ACS) certification giving them the leading edge as technically-prepared chemistry professionals.

BS students interested in graduate professional schools (e.g., medical or law school) may work with their academic advisor to ensure they meet all requirements.

Explore benefits of an ACS certified-degree

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Bachelor's of Arts (BA) in Chemistry Degree

The chemistry BA degree provides a solid background in various disciplines of chemistry with greater flexibility for students wishing to complete professional pathways or explore other interests. It is designed for students interested in pursuing graduate professional work in medical school, pharmacy school, physician assistant programs, forensics, physical or occupational therapy, and law, and for those interested in careers where a BS degree may not be required, such as pharmaceutical sales and chemical technician. Students interested in ACS certification can work with their faculty advisor to include the additional coursework required to meet certification standards.

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Interested in sustainability?

In addition to a BA or BS in chemistry, Widener University also offers a BS in Green Chemistry.

Widener's pre-professional pathways give you the flexibility to follow your interests while preparing for a professional career.

Chemistry majors can participate in the following pathways:

Dual Degree Option: BS/BSE in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering

BS students may earn a BS/BSE in chemistry/chemical engineering enrolled in both the College of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering. Students interested in pursuing this dual degree option should apply to both the chemistry BS and chemical engineering BSE when applying to Widener. 

Students pursuing the BS/BSE dual degree option can work with their advisor to meet the additional requirements for American Chemical Society (ACS) certification. ACS certification will require additional coursework. Loading... for this dual degree.

Flexible Double Major Options for BA Students

The bachelor's of arts in chemistry affords students the option to pursue many double major combinations based on their interests. Examples include but are not limited to:

  • BA Chemistry/BA Environmental Science & Sustainability
  • BA Chemistry/BA Foreign Language
  • BA Chemistry/BA Business

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Admissions Information

Applying to Widener is easy—and free! Simply complete our Widener Application or the Common Application. You'll also need your official high school transcript and either an admissions essay or your SAT/ACT scores. We're a test-optional school, so there's no need to submit both.

Know you're interested in applying to Widener but unsure if you're ready to zero-in on a major? You can apply as an Exploratory Studies student with an undecided major. This program will help you start your college journey on the right foot while you explore which undergraduate program is the right fit for you.

When to Apply​

We accept applications on a rolling basis—there are no hard deadlines. Apply when you're ready and we'll take a look as soon as we receive your app. 

Key dates to keep in mind:​

  • October 1: FAFSA opens for the next academic year (Widener's school code is 003313)​
  • November 1: Early Action deadline and decision notifications begin​

What to Expect After Applying​

Once we receive your application and all materials, you can expect to hear back from us quickly. Along with your application decision, you'll also find out about any merit-based scholarship awards. You're automatically considered for merit scholarships as soon as you apply—you don't need to apply separately.

Learn more about the application process

If you apply before November 1, you are considered an Early Action applicant which comes with benefits like:

  • Receiving your admissions decision by Thanksgiving
  • Early consideration for merit-based scholarships
  • Early notification of financial aid offers, including need-based awards
  • Priority enrollment for summer registration—where you sign up for classes!

All applications are non-binding, so why wait? Apply today!

Our admissions team will help you make the most of college-level credits earned after high school. We maintain strong partnerships and articulation agreements with numerous local community colleges and also accept a wide range of course credits earned at accredited colleges and universities.

Curious about how many credits may transfer? Email your transcripts to transfer@widener.edu and our transfer coordinator will personally review your coursework as an unofficial credit evaluation. Applicants are given priority during busy seasons, but you don't have to apply to work with our transfer coordinator. 

Transferring doesn't have to be a guessing game—share your stats and we'll take it from there! 

Learn more about applying as a transfer student

Widener University serves as a "second home" for students from around the world. We are located just outside of Philadelphia and close to New York City and Washington, D.C.—offering many unique professional and personal opportunities to explore.

Want to know what it's like to be an international student on campus or need assistance navigating English proficiency requirements? We're here to help, and our international admissions director will support you through the application process. 

This support doesn't end with admissions—our International Student Support team will serve as a valuable resource throughout your Widener journey—meeting Visa/immigration requirements, getting acclimated to campus, and much more.

Learn more about applying as an international student

Program Highlights

With hands-on experience in state-of-the-art labs and knowledge of complex global issues, our chemistry graduates hold resumes distinguished by career-specific learning opportunities.

ACS Accredited

Show employers you're prepared with a bachelor's of science degree from an American Chemistry Society accredited program and an ACS certification.

12:1 Student-Faculty Ratio

Small class sizes allow faculty to make you the priority.

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Culture of Sustainability

As the first Pennsylvania institution to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment to transform university-level chemistry education, we're on the cutting-edge of all things green. With sustainably-informed curriculum and faculty engaged in the latest in environmentally-conscious research, you'll be prepared to enter a career with global sustainability goals in mind.

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Meaningful Research

With opportunities to get involved in research after your first year, you'll constantly be putting your knowledge to use in the lab. Working with professional-grade equipment in state-of-the-art labs, you'll have the chance to present and perhaps publish your own research, putting you on the inside track long before you graduate.

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A Second Family

You'll build meaningful relationships with your professors in small classes that focus on your individual needs and goals. With first-year labs capped at 16 students and most lectures capped at 30 students, you won't get lost in the crowd—you'll build a second family that supports you both personally and professionally.

Clubs & Organizations

Chemistry majors have the opportunity to join various clubs and organizations across and outside campus to expand their network, including the Chemistry Club, the Criminal Justice Organization, and many more.

Faculty

Our professors invest in your success through close mentoring and continual feedback. Get to know our chemistry faculty.

Inside Track to Success

Inside Track to Success

Our graduates are starting successful careers in the chemical industry, attending graduate school in chemistry or forensics, or pursuing professional degrees such as medicine, pharmaceuticals, and law.

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Chemical researcher
  • Pharmacist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Nurse
  • Patent lawyer

Industry Growth

Job outlook for forensic science technicians, who aid criminal investigations by analyzing evidence, is expected to grow 6% by 2030.

Source: Bureau of Labor of Statistics

Recent Employers

  • Church & Dwight
  • Penn State University
  • Notre Dame University
  • Northern VA Family Service
  • Geisinger Medical Center

Student Stories

"You make time for the things you love. I love chemistry and learning. I love being a leader on campus and learning how to be a better person every day."

Aidan Looby

Class of 2021

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