Undergraduate Study
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The URI Chemistry Department offers three different bachelor's degrees: The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry; the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (this degree also has an option of a specialization in biochemistry); and the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry. All three programs are identical in the first two years, so a student has flexibility in choosing a degree path. Specific degree requirement for all of the degree programs can be found by clicking here.

B. A. in Chemistry: This degree is designed to provide the student flexibility in the breadth of courses taken across the University while also providing a firm foundation. The B.S. in Chemistry is often taken by students who double major in chemistry and another area, such as biology or education. Pre-med students also find this an attractive route for preparing for medical school.

B. S. in Chemistry: This degree emphasizes breath of training in chemistry, and is highly recommended if students plan to seek an M.S. or Ph.D. in chemistry. The degree also is an excellent for those who plan to be employed in the chemical industry, or in related industries such as the pharmaceutical industry. The B. S. in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society.

Specialization in Biochemistry: Students interested in biochemistry can select the biochemistry track. In addition to the courses taken for the B.S. degree, classes in advanced biochemistry courses and research in biochemistry are expected. Advanced work may be in either the Department of Chemistry or other Departments on campus with permission of the Chair. This degree provides an excellent foundation for advanced studies in biochemistry, biophysics or related areas of molecular biology.

Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry: This degree emphasizes a strong preparation in chemistry supplemented by an introduction into the field of forensic science. The program features exposure to forensic scientists from around the country who give presentations at the weekly Forensic Science seminar. In addition to the required courses, students are encouraged to take SOC 230, Crime and Delinquency, to meet one of their Social Science general education requirements.

Recommended High School Background: A strong mathematics background is essential. Most college chemistry majors have taken high school math at least through pre-calculus. High school classes in calculus and physics are also recommended.