The program in Biology is broad-based with many career options. The hallmark of the program is a core set of courses that all students must take, thus assuring uniformity in the basic fields of biology. Students could choose a career in one of the following fields: pharmacy, medicine, optometry, environmental science, physical therapy, chiropractic, dentistry, physician assistant, teaching, podiatry and other fields as qualified.
The Biology Teaching Area is very similar to the Biology Area, but education courses are added into the curriculum and the electives ensure broad knowledge so that the studeing is able to teach broadly within the discipline.
The Biomedical Chemistry Area is somewhat the mirror image of the Biomedical Sciences Area, except that it is for students interested in Chemistry. Chemistry students pursuing this degree will be prepared for health-professional school, a career in biomedical chemistry, or entry into graduate school in a biomedical chemistry area.
The biomedical sciences area was developed specifically for students intent on attending a health professional school, pursuing a career in biomedicine, or pursuing graduate education in biomedical disciplines. The courses are heavily weighted toward biomedical subjects.
The Chemistry program is diverse, allowing students choices such as pursuing a degree in the health-care industry, working as an environmental chemist, or entering graduate school. The Chemistry Area Concentration possesses great depth and prepares students for a career in chemistry whereas the Chemistry Major usually prepare students for a field related to chemistry, such as pharmacy, optometry, medical or teaching.
The Chemistry Teaching Major is similar to the General Chemistry Major, except that education courses are added to the curriculum.
The Environmental Chemistry Major was expressly designed for students that want to pursue careers in environmental chemistry immediately after graduation, or that want to go to graduate school in Environmental Chemistry.
General Chemistry Major is a broad degree in chemistry and is useful for many different career choices. Many students in the pre-health careers opt for this degree because they would like to have a Major/Minor rather than an Area degree. Students wanting to pursue a career in chemistry may also take this, though it does not have the same depth as the Professional Chemistry Area.
The Honors Program is a highly selective program, open to outstanding students in all majors. The coursework falls into two categories: a required core of classes that fulfill some general education requirements, and independent projects designed to enhance the student’s capacity for self-directed learning. Students are required to participate in the Undergraduate Research Fellows Program, to provide 80 hours of service over four years, and to complete an approved overseas experience. Those admitted to the program receive the Honors Scholarship, awarded to no more than forty students per year; the scholarship covers tuition, room, board, books, and a laptop computer, and includes up to $1500 to be used towards the cost of the overseas experience.
The professional Chemistry Area is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in a chemistry laboratory, industrial, government or academic.
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