Degree Options

Majors in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry

The B.S. degree program is recommended for students planning to undertake graduate study in Chemistry or a related science (e.g. Biochemistry or Pharmacology) or for those contemplating employment in the chemical industry following graduation.

Bachelor of Arts (A.B. ) in Chemistry

Allows greater flexibility than the B.S. in scheduling and course selection. Students with interests in a second major or in advanced work in a professional school (e.g. medical, dental, veterinary, business, or law) following graduation should consider this program. Students with an interest in employment in the chemical or a related industry, or in advanced study in chemistry or a related science (e.g. Biochemistry or Pharmacology) may also consider this program, although they are encouraged to augment their program with additional upper-level chemistry courses.

Chemistry Minor

Designed for students who do not wish to major in the field, but do invest significant time in chemistry courses.
 

Concentrations

Students working toward either their A.B. or B.S. degree in chemistry may opt to focus their studies in one of four concentration areas. Certification of this concentration will be designated the major's official transcript.

  • Biochemistry (In cooperation with the Department of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine) 
  • Pharmacology (In conjunction with the Department of Pharmacology in the Duke Medical Center)
  • Chemical Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry (In conjunction with the Nicholas School of the Environment)
     

Changes in Major Declaration

If you change your chemistry major – such as, moving from an A.B. to a B.S. degree, or switching your concentration area, or adding a second major – you should do this in person at the Registrar's Office, 11121 West Main Street, Suite 1200, Bevan (Coca-Cola) Building, Durham, NC.