Targeted programs with rigorous training.

Our degree programs are all designed to meet the requirements for graduate study, professional schools, a teaching career in chemistry, or work in industrial or governmental positions. We offer several degree options to meet a range of needs and interests.

All majors in the College of Arts and Sciences complete at least 124 total credits to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Chemistry Programs

This degree, designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study or careers in chemistry, offers rigorous training and provides a solid background in all five major areas of chemistry. Approved by the American Chemical Society for the training of professional chemists, it does not require the student to have any minor or second major. Degree Requirements »
Students pursuing this degree must declare one of the following:
  • A second major in a nonscience discipline;
  • The 32-credit complementary major in environmental science;
  • A disciplinary science minor (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology); OR
  • A minor in fundamentals of business, business administration, applied statistics, engineering, or geographic information systems.

Degree Requirements »

Designed to fulfill teaching licensure requirements, this degree requires a second major in secondary education. Degree Requirements »
This degree offers a broad background in basic chemistry to students who pursue a second major or minor in any discipline, including arts, humanities, and social sciences. Degree Requirements »
This degree, designed for students who pursue a second major in a scientific discipline (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology), is a popular choice among students who plan to pursue careers in the health professions. Degree Requirements »
A minimum of 16 credit hours in chemistry, including at least eight credits from courses numbered 200 and above, constitutes a chemistry minor.

Biochemistry Programs

This degree in biochemistry requires 41 credits in chemistry and 12 credits in biology. Designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study or careers in biochemistry or medical research, it is approved by the American Chemical Society for the training of professional chemists. It does not require any minor or second major. Degree Requirements »
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Experiential Learning

Students may earn academic credit toward their major through the co-operative education program. They may also earn credit toward graduation for research and internship experiences.

Pre-Medical Arts

A major in chemistry prepares students for admission into professional schools and programs for medicine, public health, and other allied health fields. Valpo assists interested students through the Pre-Medical Arts Program »

Chemical Engineering

The College of Engineering offers a minor in engineering. Combining an engineering minor with a major in chemistry will prepare students who wish to pursue further studies in chemical engineering. For more information, see the Chemistry department chair or the assistant dean for student success in the College of Engineering.