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Western Kentucky University

Undergraduate Degree Programs


The Department currently offers several programs that prepare students for a variety of career options.

Chemistry Major

The standard major in chemistry allows for maximum flexibility. A minor or second major is required. Many of our students choose biology or another science. A minimum of 30 hours of chemistry is required for the major. This major is often ideal for students planning for a career as a health professional (check the below link).

Chemistry Major with Certification by the American Chemical Society

The department offers a degree certified by the American Chemical Society, the largest professional society in the world. The certified major is recommended for those planning to attend graduate school or for those preparing for a career in chemistry that involves laboratory research. Students complete 48 hours of chemistry, including courses in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry. Many of these additional hours involve hands-on laboratory courses and instrument training; moreover, students complete at least three hours of credit by doing innovative research under the guidance of a faculty member (check the below link).

Biochemistry Major

In collaboration with the Department of Biology, students may pursue a major (64 hours) or minor (18 hours) in biochemistry. This program offers the only true undergraduate degree in biochemistry at a public institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (check the below link).

Pre-Health Professional (Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Optometry or Veterinary Schools)

Programs are available for students planning to attend medical, pharmacy, dental, optometry or veterinary schools. Many of these students choose to obtain a major or minor in chemistry in addition to completing other recommended coursework. Pre-pharmacy students who spend three years at WKU and complete a specific series of chemistry classes may opt to transfer credits back from pharmacy school and complete their chemistry degree. Chemistry is the easiest option for the pre-pharmacy. As all chemistry courses required for pre-pharmacy completes 70% of the courses required for a Chemistry Major. If the student plans to continue undergraduate education at WKU to obtain a B.S. degree, can easily be done in four years (check the below link).

Chemistry Minor

A minimum of 18 hours in chemistry courses are required with 50 % at the upper level (check the below link).


Students may obtain both a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS-certified) and a Master of Science in Chemistry (MS Degree) concurrently (check the below link).

Details of the Programs

Plan of study for all the above options:

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 Last Modified 9/24/14