Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
The department offers several programs for students aspiring to major in chemistry or biochemistry. While the upper level courses differ in each program, allowing students to focus on an area of interest, the core requirements are identical for all programs; thus, every graduate has the knowledge and skills to be highly competitive for admission to a post-graduate program or immediate employment.
The CHM major provides a broad background in chemistry, establishing the credentials needed to pursue a career in industry or in a chemically related field, or to enroll in post-graduate programs. The degree is licensed by the American Chemical Society and entails significant laboratory instruction.
Students often select the chemistry minor because they are planning a career in a discipline in which chemistry plays a significant role, such as biology, nutrition, medicine, health sciences, environmental science, etc. For students majoring in biology or planning a medical career, the minor can be obtained by taking a few additional chemistry courses and is a valuable supplement to the major. For non-majors, the chemistry minor is a resume enhancer.
The BCM curriculum melds the fields of chemistry and biology so that students may understand biological systems at the molecular level. BCM majors are qualified for graduate study in a variety of areas ranging from chemistry to molecular biophysics, as well as for careers in biomedical research, biotechnology, or pharmaceuticals. BCM is often the major of choice for individuals planning a career as a medical doctor or veterinarian.
The CHMP major is designed to serve the needs of students wishing to pursue careers in dentistry, optometry, and pharmacy, or those who plan to enter other medically-related careers in the pharmaceutical industry, law enforcement, or hospital laboratories.
Completion of the CHMT major permits graduates to teach chemistry in Illinois high schools, as well as to obtain employment in chemically related fields. While this major provides a strong foundation in chemistry, it also requires significant additional studies be completed in the education discipline.
The CHMB major combines the chemistry curriculum with courses from the Foster College of Business Administration. The amalgamation of chemistry and business expertise is particularly attractive to industrial employers who want their sales force to understand their product portfolio and their managers to understand both the science and economics of the business. Some graduates continue their studies at the advanced level, earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA), while others attend schools of law, earning the J.D. degree.
The Medical Laboratory Science Program prepares students for a career in a wide variety of laboratory settings including hospital, research, forensic science (crime), environmental, and industrial laboratories, and is jointly sponsored by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Department of Biology. This major is a "3+1" program that provides the student with a general science foundation during the three years of study on the Bradley campus and culminates with a 10 month practical experience in a clinical laboratory at one of our three affiliated NAACLS-accredited hospital programs.
Graduates of this program receive either a B.S. degree in chemistry or biochemistry and an M.S. in that discipline in approximately five years. Obtaining the M.S. degree enhances employment opportunities by broadening and strengthening the graduate’s knowledge base and laboratory skills. M.S. degree holders typically enter the workforce with higher starting salaries and a wider range of career opportunities and responsibilities.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Chemistry or Biochemistry
The master’s degree programs in chemistry and biochemistry are designed to meet the needs of students with diverse objectives. These degree options are structured to provide training for those scientists who wish to 1) pursue or advance their careers in chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical or other industrial settings, 2) prepare for a career in teaching or laboratory management at the college level, or 3) strengthen their background in areas needed for admission into Ph.D. or medical programs. The programs combine advanced course work with mentored laboratory research in biochemistry or chemistry (analytical, inorganic, materials, organic, physical, or theoretical).