Programs of Study Available
BS Chemistry (Certified by the American Chemical Society)
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry is designed to prepare students
for work as chemists in industry, government, technical sales, research
institutes, and for graduate study in the various disciplines of Chemistry. As
all LHU students, students majoring in Chemistry are required to complete the
education program of the University. The specific requirements for the
BS Chemistry degree are listed in the LHU
BS Chemistry with concentration in Secondary Education
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in
Secondary Education (B.S. Ed.) is designed to prepare students for science
teaching certification in grades 7-12. Students complete a majority of the
available chemistry courses in the curriculum, as well as the necessary
education courses required for certification. More detailed information on
LHU's secondary education programs can be found in the LHU
catalog and on the
secondary education website.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry is an interdisciplinary
degree that is jointly administered by both the Departments of Chemistry and
Biology here at LHUP. Course requirements for this degree include the general
education program of the University, and specific courses in both the
Chemistry and the Biology curriculum. A student's upper level elective course
work consists of 17 credit hours divided between the Chemistry and Biology
curriculum. It should be noted that this is not a degree in Biochemistry, but
an interdisciplinary degree.
The specific requirements for the BS
Biology/Chemistry degree are listed in
the LHU catalog.
(Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Veterinary)
Students interested in continuing their studies in one of these professional
fields should elect to major in one of the natural sciences, frequently in an
area of the biological sciences and/or chemistry. The student should develop
his/her major area of interest freely, realizing that most medical schools are
primarily interested in the quality and scope of work accomplished rather than
the particular area of concentration. It is indeed possible to major in an area
other than science, carrying the necessary science courses as electives.
However, since so much of medicine is based upon scientific study, the student
who majors in another field and elects the minimum number of required sciences
must do well in those courses to ensure adequate preparation and favorable
consideration of future applications to medical schools.
LHU does not offer specific pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary, or pre-pharmacy programs so that over specialization will be minimized. It is the philosophy of the science faculty that students should be broadly prepared for a variety of alternate career goals. A sound major in some discipline combined with the concentrated course-work in the student's specific area of interest will give the student solid preparation for their chosen professional school as well as a variety of careers upon their graduation from LHU.
Freshmen interested in these programs are assigned to a pre-professional advisor. At the end of the first year, students elect their major. Students pursuing these programs should determine the specific course-work requirements of the professional school where they expect to submit application before electing their undergraduate major.
Minor in Chemistry
Students majoring in another area can elect to declare an academic minor in
Chemistry. This program serves to enrich the scientific background of students
not majoring in Chemistry. Students electing to minor in Chemistry are required
to complete 16 credits of chemistry at the 100 and 200 levels and 8 credits of
advanced work at the 300 or 400 levels.
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Last updated on June, 2011
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