B.S. Biochemistry (ACS Certified), 2009
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Program
Duke University Medical School
"The instrumental experience and research opportunities I had at SOU were absolutely key in my applications to graduate school, and having that experience meant I was able to walk right into my graduate lab and immediately follow the work going on. The coursework has been equally relevant to my graduate studies: reaction kinetics, molecular interactions and affinities, interpreting spectra, determining statistical significance – the need for that knowledge doesn't just vanish when you have a diploma in hand. The SOU chemistry department admirably prepared me for the work and environment I'm in now.”
Chemistry Degree Programs, Curricula, and Advising
The SOU chemistry department offers American Chemical Society-approved programs in chemistry and biochemistry, as well as a B.S. program in forensic chemistry. The department also offers a B.A. degree in chemistry which is tailored to meet the needs of students interested in attending medical school upon completion of undergraduate degree requirements
Which degree program is right for me?
To a large extent, the degree program you choose is determined by your future plans. If you are unsure about what you want to do after leaving SOU, please talk to a chemistry faculty member. Chemistry faculty, their contact information, and their advising specialties are listed below.
Lynn M. Kirms Science 266, (541) 552-6406 (Professor, Organic Chemistry) firstname.lastname@example.org; Chemistry/Biochemistry advising; Prepharmacy advising.
Douglas A. Chapman Science 283, (541) 552-6410 (Professor; Physical Chemistry) email@example.com; Chemistry/Biochemistry/Forensic Chemistry advising; Education advising.
Anna Oliveri Science 280, (541) 552- (Assistant Professor Inorganic Chemistry) firstname.lastname@example.org; Chemistry/Biochemistry advising
Steven Petrovic Science 267, (541) 552-6803 (Professor; Analytical Chemistry ) email@example.com Chemistry/Biochemistry/Forensic Chemistry advising.
Greg Miller Science 270, (541) 552-6408 (Professor, Biochemistry) firstname.lastname@example.org Chemistry/Biochemistry advising; Forensic chemistry advising; Pre-Medical advising.
Hala Schepmann Science 287, (541) 552-8172 (Professor and Chair, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry) email@example.com Chemistry/Biochemistry advising.
Chemistry/Biochemistry Degree Programs
Students interested in continuing on to advanced (master’s or doctoral) studies in chemistry or biochemistry/molecular biology are strongly urged to pursue an ACS-approved degree in one of these fields of study. The ACS-approved degree programs offer the most thorough preparation in all areas of chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics, and are designed to prepare students for advanced study.
A Word document outlining a suggested four-year curriculum leading to an ACS-approved B.S. degree in biochemistry may be found here.
These documents outline the course work in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and University Studies which fulfill the B.S. degree requirements. Students (especially transfer students) are urged to consult with a chemistry faculty advisor in their area of interest and discuss the appropriate curriculum.
Detailed information on courses (course descriptions, prerequisites, etc.) is available on the SOU catalog website accessible at the left this page.
Forensic Chemistry Degree Program
A degree option in forensic chemistry is also available. Results of a 1999 survey published in the Journal of Forensic Science showed that the American Academy of Forensic Science and the Association of American Crime Lab Directors prefer forensic technician applicants to have B.S. degrees in chemistry or biochemistry with substantial laboratory experience at the undergraduate level. This degree option will prepare students for immediate placement in the field or graduate study in forensic chemistry.
A Word document outlining a suggested four-year curriculum leading to a B.S. degree in forensic chemistry may be found here.
This document outlines the course work in chemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, and University Studies which fulfill the B.S. degree requirements in forensic chemistry. Students (especially transfer students) are urged to consult with a chemistry faculty advisor in their area of interest and discuss the appropriate curriculum.
Detailed information on courses (course descriptions, prerequisites, etc.) is available on the SOU catalog website accessible on the left of this page.