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administrative contact

Kung Wang
Bennett Department of Chemistry
phone: 304-293-0913

program contact

Jeff Petersen
Associate Chair
phone: 304-293-6847

Program Details

Program Description

The Department of Chemistry offers two bachelor degrees in chemistry - a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree and a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. Both degree programs prepare students for admission to professional schools, including medicine and dentistry. The B.S. degree in chemistry, which has been approved by the American Chemical Society since 1941, is often selected by students who seek professional positions in industrial and governmental laboratories or plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a related field in preparation for research careers in industry or for a faculty position at a college or research university.

During the first two years, the chemistry curricula for the B.A. and B.S. chemistry degree programs are essentially the same. However, students in the B.S. program are expected to complete more course work in calculus and calculus-based physics classes prior to taking upper-level chemistry courses in analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry during their junior and senior year. Chemistry majors are encouraged to engage in undergraduate research in the department’s state-of-the art teaching and laboratory facilities. Students can expect an in-depth, hands-on approach during their time in the department.

Career Profile

A significant number of chemists with a B.S. degree work in the chemical manufacturing industry, which includes firms that produce gasoline and other fuels, plastics and polymers, pharmaceuticals, soaps and detergents, paints and adhesives and bulk or specialty organic chemicals and solvents. Depending on their academic training, they may also provide technical support in laboratories devoted to environmental analysis or to forensic and drug analysis at a local, state or federal regulatory or law enforcement agency. B.S. chemistry graduates who go on to acquire a Ph.D. degree may be able to secure faculty positions in colleges and universities. Chemists who work in sales, marketing or professional research positions often have the opportunity to move into management positions within a commercial company.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The BS Chemistry Program has been certified by the American Chemical Society since 1941.