The Department of Chemistry's Bachelor of Science degree (Course 5) spans the breadth of chemistry. General areas covered include biological chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry. Some of the research activities of the department, especially those that involve "translation" (the application of basic science to practical problems) are carried out in association with the work of interdisciplinary laboratories and centers.
The Department of Chemistry offers an undergraduate program sufficiently flexible in its electives to provide excellent preparation for careers in many different areas of chemistry. Course 5 is designed to provide an education based on science both for those who intend to go on to graduate study and for those who intend immediately to pursue a professional career in either chemistry or an allied field in which a sound knowledge of chemistry is important. Students receive thorough instruction in the principles of chemistry, supplemented by a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, biology, and the humanities. A Certification in Biochemistry by the American Chemical Society can be received with a bachelor's degree for students interested in concentrating in this area. The Department of Chemistry also teaches courses jointly with the departments of Biology, Chemical Engineering, and Biological Engineering.