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.
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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.