Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
All students in the Chemistry program at ACPHS complete coursework that spans the five traditional areas of chemistry: analytical, organic, physical, inorganic, and biochemistry.
You may also choose to focus your studies in the area of medicinal chemistry, where you will learn how to apply chemical concepts to the design, synthesis, and development of drugs. It is this ability to specialize in medicinal chemistry combined with the health oriented environment at ACPHS that distinguishes our program from those at most other schools.
Graduates with a B.S. in Chemistry from ACPHS are well prepared for an entry level position in research or industry or advanced graduate study.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there are 84,000 chemists employed in the workforce with a significant number working in either scientific research/development or pharmaceutical/medicine manufacturing. According to the BLS, the median annual wages of chemists as of 2008 were $66,230.
Students graduating from the ACPHS chemistry program will compete favorably for these positions because (1) their area of study is directly relevant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and (2) the interdisciplinary nature of the training that is part of this program.
For those not seeking employment in the pharmaceutical industry, additional options may include:
- > Attending graduate school in the biological, chemical or pharmaceutical sciences.
- > Completing professional work in an allied health field such as medicine or pharmacy.
- > Completing a Masters in Teaching degree through a teacher preparation program.
View the required courses and a sample course schedule for the Medicinal Chemistry Track or the Traditional Chemistry Track.