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Chemistry–Biology Dual Major

Overview of Program

This specially designed B.S. degree program allows interested students to obtain a dual major in the fields of chemistry and biology within a four-year timeframe, representing a very efficient and vigorous learning approach. B.S. degree holders possessing a strong knowledge base in chemistry and biology are particularly competitive for pre-professional (especially pre-med and pre-pharmacy) students.

The mission of the chemistry-biology dual major program is to educate each student about the nature of chemistry and biochemistry, and prepare the student with sufficient knowledge and skills to pursue productive work in studies in a professional or graduate school, biochemical research, community involvement, and other related fields.

Program Highlights

UC chemistry-biology program provides:

  • The ability to work closely with faculty members
  • State-of-the-art laboratory facilities and instrumentation
  • Strong emphasis on undergraduate research and hands-on learning
  • Publications of faculty-student research in peer-reviewed journals
  • University of Charleston Chapter of Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society (ACS Affiliates) on campus
  • Internships with multinational chemical firms and with the INBRE Program
  • Strong preparation for a multitude of graduate and professional school opportunities
  • Chemistry study groups and free tutoring
  • Academic support from experienced advisors with their expertise
  • Membership in Science Organizations (such as, ACS Affiliates and Chi Beta)
  • Faculty-led review sessions for PCAT, MCAT, DAT, GRE, and more

Additional Program Benefits

  • Laboratory facilities reinforced by a major instruments donation from the Dow Chemical Company received in 2009–2010.
  • Substantial progress has been made in faculty-directed undergraduate research in the last few years, which has led to significant peer-reviewed publications.
  • Collaboration with Marshall University has been established recently, which will create new opportunities in education and research.

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Admission Requirements

Students must gain general admission to the University of Charleston. A visit to campus to meet with Admissions personnel and program faculty is strongly encouraged.