Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
♦ Chemistry Option - Suggested Curriculum Guide
This option provides a solid foundation in the sciences for pre-professional students as well as providing a strong understanding of Chemistry which is suitable if you wish to pursue a career in chemical laboratories (including biotechnology, environmental and industrial).
Career opportunities may include laboratory technician in the pharmaceutical industry, research assistant in medical school science departments in toxicology or biochemistry or chemical technician in industry and the private sector.
The pre-pharmacy option is designed to meet the core academic needs of students to give them a competitive advantage in admission to schools of pharmacy. Less focused than the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry, it provides students with the breadth required for modern professional training and includes the requirements that will be required for admission into pharmacy programs. The large number of free electives allows you to tailor your education to best fit your needs for your academic future. By following this highly flexible curriculum, you can be better prepared for the PCAT exam, required for application into pharmacy schools. This flexibility also sets the stage to prepare you for the wide and changing array of employment opportunities for pharmacists today. Besides traditional retail pharmacy, students graduating from pharmacy schools with the PharmD may find positions in hospital pharmacies, working for nursing homes, the insurance industry, military, pharmacy schools in research or teaching, and many other areas.
The B.A. Chemistry Pre-Pharmacy option completes all pre-requisites required for application to pharmacy school. Students may apply for admission to pharmacy school after three years, but a significant number of applicants spend four years at EKU and complete all requirements for the B.A. Chemistry degree. If students are accepted after three years they would have completed 80% of the B.A. Chemistry degree. Specific courses in pharmacy school may be transferred back upon completion of pharmacy school to finish the chemistry degree at EKU.
This option is designed to meet the core academic needs of pre-professional students. It includes the requirements that will be required for admission into dental, medical, optometry, pre-physician assistant, and pathologist assistant programs. Less focused than the B.S. Chemistry program, it allows for more free electives so you can tailor your education to best fit your needs for your academic future. By following this highly flexible curriculum, you can be better prepared for the MCAT, PCAT or the DAT admissions exams into professional degree programs. This flexibility also provides you an avenue to fulfill degree requirements for selected minors without extending your undergraduate years.
♦ Chemistry Teaching Option - Suggested Curriculum Guide
This option is designed to meet the core academic requirements if you aspire to a career in teaching middle or high school chemistry. This program allows you to complete all coursework (including general education) in four years, gives you a solid background in instructional theory (pedagogy) and creative teaching methods as well as prepares you for the PRAXIS (Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers) and the PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) exams that are required for teacher certification.
Students may seek a minor in chemistry in conjunction with the completion of a teaching certificate, which will qualify them to teach chemistry at the secondary level.
The teaching minor in chemistry must be coupled with a secondary teaching certificate in another discipline. For students with a middle school science emphasis, requirements are met. Students enrolled in a teaching program other than science who desire teaching certification in chemistry will be required to take ESE 561.
The minor will be considered an add-on certificate and cannot be recommended until the secondary teaching program is completed and a recommendation for certification has been processed. Appropriate praxis exams must be completed for each area of certification being recommended.