The Department offers a choice to students in their pursuit of the BS in Chemistry degree. The first option is a degree approved by the American Chemical Society. This degree includes more advanced content in upper-level classes, meeting all the standards of training set forth by American Chemical Society. Students planning for a career in chemistry—especially those who are interested in graduate study—are strongly encouraged to follow this rigorous program of study.
Alternatively, students may opt for a less-demanding degree plan that does not meet all of the American Chemical Society guidelines. Though we encourage all students to follow the more rigorous ACS-approved program, this second path may be appropriate for students pursuing a degree in chemistry as preparation for careers such as medicine, environmental studies, secondary education, law, or engineering.
The department offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry particularly useful for students interested in biochemistry, pharmacology, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or other health care fields.
Because the best way to learn chemistry is by doing chemistry, research experience is an important component of a chemistry education. Chemistry students at Centenary have access to a large number of opportunities to participate in research, both on and off the college campus. Internships also allow students to receive credit for real work experience in industrial and commercial settings.
The department also features state of the art equipment, much of which students are able to get experience with while in undergrad whereas many students do not use the equipment until graduate school. Progress in modern chemistry is heavily dependent on powerful, sophisticated instrumentation. Over the past six years, we have invested over $750,000 in modern instrumental tools that are fully integrated into its teaching and research programs. Find out more about our facilities.
In addition to its instructional programs, the Department provides students a wide range of enrichment, outreach, and recreational opportunities through its ChemClub. The activities of this student-lead group have brought it consistent national recognition and awards over the past 9 years.