Degree Programs

With five majors and three minors, the chemistry department allows you to tailor your studies to your specific career goals — whether you hope to pursue dentistry, chemical engineering or environmental science.

Our students graduate with a very high success rate when applying to grad schools and professional programs. Studying chemistry and biochemistry at Hope gives you the best of both worlds — a liberal arts education that offers smaller class sizes, and a large, diverse faculty with a well-equipped laboratory equal to what you’d find at a larger university. Plus, our research program was the first of its kind to offer student/faculty collaboration. You’ll find that you’re well-prepared for medical, dental or veterinary doctoral programs if you choose biochemistry, and your options are wide-ranging with a chemistry degree.

We offer degrees that are certified through national scientific organizations — including the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). In fact, our Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major was one of the first in the nation to be accredited by the ASBMB.

Majors

WHICH MAJOR IS RIGHT FOR ME? 

If you’re planning to teach high school or are an education major, you should work toward a B.A. degree. If you’re interested in grad school or work in the chemical industry, choose the more extensive B.S. degree. If you know that you want to pursue grad school and ultimately get a Ph.D., you should plan on fulfilling the requirements of the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) certified program, which requires more hours in the lab than a B.A. or a regular B.S.

If you’re planning to enter medical or dental school, or pursue a career in secondary education, we can design a program to guide you down those paths. We recommend discussing your plans with the chairperson of your department or a chemistry advisor early in your program, since there are many paths to achieving your career goals.

Minors