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Chemistry deals with the properties and energetics of substances—the changes they undergo and the natural laws describing these changes.

The department offers both B.S. and B.A. degrees in chemistry. The B.S. program provides the more rigorous and theoretical education in chemistry and is approved by the American Chemical Society. The B.A. degree has fewer course requirements, allowing students the flexibility to complete a double major or to meet additional requirements for pre-professional schools. Both the B.A. and B.S. programs will prepare graduates for post-graduate study or for careers as professional scientists. As an experimental science, the department strongly encourages all chemistry majors to take part in undergraduate research.