CHEMISTRYThe Department of Chemistry, accredited by the American Chemical Society, offers three degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree with a major in chemistry. The recommended course sequence during the first year is identical for the three programs and thereafter differs only slightly through the junior year; thus a change in career emphasis in chemistry need not delay graduation.
The bachelor of science degree (B.S.) offers intensive training in chemistry and mathematics and is designed specifically for students who wish to pursue graduate studies or employment as a chemist. There are three options available within the B.S. degree program. The first option, in biochemistry, provides study in the chemistry of life processes. This program offers the best preparation for acceptance to medical schools. Completion of the requirements for either of these degree programs leads to certification of the graduate by the department to the American Chemical Society, which offers immediate membership eligibility in ACS as well as more desirable employment opportunities. The second option, in environmental chemistry, provides study in areas that involve the traditional chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, geosphere and biosphere. The third option is in polymer chemistry. Polymer chemistry forms the basis for the production of plastics, synthetic fibers, paints, coatings, adhesives, and many other chemical products.
The bachelor of arts degree (B.A.) is a more versatile program, combining a solid foundation in chemistry with an ample opportunity for breadth of study. Students electing this degree have found it to be sound preparation for further study or a career in chemistry. It invites interdisciplinary studies in areas such as environmental science, geochemistry, oceanography and chemical physics and provides the breadth and depth of pre-professional training necessary for subsequent study in, for example, law or medicine.
For those students desirous of pursuing a career in high school teaching, the bachelor of science in education degree (B.S.Ed.) provides a sound background in chemistry as well as the necessary methods courses.
An important program option in chemistry is cooperative education. Applicable to any of the above degree options, cooperative education offers students invaluable experience in a job related to their career goal as well as financial remuneration, which helps significantly to defray the expenses of college study. Beginning after the freshman year, students choosing this option may alternate periods of on-campus study with off-campus employment until graduation. In addition, up to three credits may be approved to count toward major sequence requirements for each co-op experience and up to nine credits may be counted toward degree requirements. For more information, see "Cooperative Education" in the Special Academic Opportunities section.
The chemistry-3/2 cooperative engineering option within the B.A. program requires three years of study as a chemistry major in the Millersville University liberal arts curriculum with two years of residence in the chemical engineering program at either Pennsylvania State University or the University of Pennsylvania. At the end of five years, the student receives two baccalaureate degrees: a B.A. in chemistry from Millersville and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the cooperating engineering school.
The chemistry-4/1 cooperative engineering option within the B.A. or B.S. program, offered in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania, combines undergraduate study in chemistry with graduate study in chemical engineering. A student with a satisfactory academic performance in the chemistry curriculum (B.A. or B.S.) at MU, upon application and recommendation by the chemistry department, can matriculate in the graduate chemical engineering program at Penn where the M.S. chemical engineering degree requirements are ordinarily completed in two years or less.
The associate of science degree (A.S.) is a two-year program designed to train students for technical positions in the chemical industry. It is available primarily as an evening program.