The Department of Chemistry offers undergraduate chemistry majors leading to both the Bachelor of Science degree and the Bachelor of Arts degree.
The BS program rigorously prepares students for advanced work in chemistry or a related discipline, and the degree requirements are consistent with the guidelines for certification by the American Chemical Society. This curriculum provides a broad and comprehensive introduction to core areas of chemistry while promoting depth of understanding in one or more specific fields. BS students complete a series of foundation courses in general chemistry, analytical chemistry, biological chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Students then complete one or more specializations, or “tracks”, consisting of in-depth courses both in and out of the specialization.
The BA degree is a more flexible program that provides a comprehensive overview of all areas of chemistry, including laboratory experiences, but can be coupled more easily with other majors or professional career paths.
What sets our chemistry undergraduate program apart from other high-ranking universities?
• State-of-the-art facilities
• Interdisciplinary research
• Flexible degree tracks
• Strong medical collaborations
• Leaders in nanotechnology
One of the more unique features of the chemistry undergraduate program at Rice includes research opportunities that allow students access to our state-of-the-art-facilities and instrumentation. We also take pride in the quality of our undergraduate classes and encourage our faculty to implement various styles of teaching. Group discussions, team discussions and/or interactive lectures play crucial roles in effective teaching.
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