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Degree programs - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Our academic programs

Our students focus primarily in two areas, with seven specific degrees offered. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with ACS Certification is the most rigorous program.  Students take introductory courses in organic, physical, inorganic, analytical and biochemistry, as well as four in-depth courses.  Four credits of research and research preparation are required.  This degree is the best preparation for a career in industry, and for application to graduate school.  The standard Bachelor of Science degree does not contain the introductory course in biochemistry, and does not require research; it is also an option for students interested in industrial work or graduate school.  This can be contrasted to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in chemistry that requires one fewer chemistry course and one fewer math course. This option is ideal for someone who wants to use chemistry as the preparation for work in business, law or a health profession, or who needs more time in college to pursue a double major. Teaching certification for high school chemistry is most easily combined with the B.A. degree, as there are significant education courses and school field experiences that are required in this major.

In a similar way, there are three options for biochemistry. Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary degree with courses required in calculus, physics, chemistry and biology. The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with ACS Certification requires introductory courses in organic, physical, inorganic, analytical and biochemistry, as well as four in-depth courses, including Biochemistry II.  Four credits of research and research preparation are required.  This degree is best for students wanting to pursue graduate school.  The standard B.S. degree is best as preparation for graduate study, work in the industry or for application to medical studies at highly prestigious and competitive programs. This degree does not contain the introductory course in inorganic chemistry. The B.A. degree, however, was designed specifically with pre-health professions students in mind. Courses necessary for admission into medical school and the MCAT are required in this major. However, there are fewer upper level biology and chemistry courses. This allows room in a student’s schedule for the pursuit of a minor, double major, or extensive study of a second language – something that will set a student apart from others when applying to medical school.

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In addition, we offer a 3+4 Biochemistry B.A./Doctor of Pharmacy collaborative program with the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. After three years on campus at Messiah College, up to two positions are reserved for Messiah College students who meet the admissions requirements of the University of the Sciences pharmacy program. At the end of seven years, both a B.A. in Biochemistry and Doctorate of Pharmacy degree are awarded.