The chemistry major offers three programs of study: general chemistry, chemistry pre-medical and chemistry secondary education.


In choosing one program students must consult with an appropriate program adviser early in their course of studies. An academic minor is not required, but may be taken as an option. In such cases, chemistry majors may not select the natural science minor.

Students following the general chemistry program are provided with a foundation for graduate study in chemistry or preparation for a career as a professional chemist in industry and research. This program also prepares students for secondary school teaching and to careers in medicine such as dentistry, optometry and other health related vocations.

The chemistry pre-medical program is for students who do not wish to pursue the general chemistry track but are planning to continue their education in the medical field. In addition, this program also prepares students for employment in industry and research.

The chemistry secondary education program is coordinated with the Education Department. The program is designed for students who want to meet the requirements for teaching chemistry in middle, junior high and senior high schools. Questions concerning this program should be referred to the chairs of the Education and Chemistry Departments. Students should also consult with the Education Department to determine the requirements for West Virginia state certification.

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