Degree Options

There are four tracks that lead to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.

1. The Professional track, or Program A, leads to graduate study in chemistry and prepares students for challenging careers in teaching and research, industrial chemistry research and development, energy development, medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry and related areas. (Sample 4-year schedule)

2. Program B, or the General track, is more flexible and allows students to go directly into laboratory work or to take additional courses in other disciplines for careers in environmental control, industrial chemistry, medical technology, food chemistry, and agricultural chemistry. Those interested in teaching science at the secondary level would find Program B most appropriate.

3. The Biochemistry track, or Program C, combines the best of a chemistry and biology major. It can provide the basis for pre-medical and pre-dental training or lead to graduate study in biochemistry, molecular biology, biomedical research, or genetic engineering. (Sample 4-year schedule for pre-meds)

4. The Chemical Physics track, Program D, allows students to combine chemistry with a strong emphasis in physics and engineering. This track prepares students for graduate work in chemical physics or chemical engineering, or teaching chemistry and physics at the secondary level. All four tracks lead to the B.S. degree.

There are two more tracks that result in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry

1. General BA track: For students desiring a broader curriculum or a double major, the B.A. degree track allows the most flexibility.

A four-year fast-track plan for obtaining a secondary teaching credential in chemistry, in addition to the B.A. degree, is available using this track. A sample four-year schedule can be seen using this link. More information is available on the Education WebPage.

2. Pre-Chemical Engineering: Students interested in chemical engineering have the option of the 3-2 program in which they receive a degree from the engineering school and a B.A. from Westmont. The benefits of receiving a liberal arts and sciences background and the more specialized training from a formal engineering school such as USC and Washington University can be beneficial for both the student and the employer. Since the 3-2 program has strict requirements, interested students must meet with a faculty of the department to plan the class schedules consistent with their goals.

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