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Emphasis Areas

All students pursuing the Chemistry BS program may select an emphasis area as a specialization to their Degree. We offer the following areas of emphasis:

ACS Certified

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in ACS Certified prepares students to demonstrate knowledge of basic laboratory skills, methods, and equipment used in chemistry for observation and analysis of chemical systems.

Students graduating with this emphasis are prepared to pursue graduate study in chemistry, professional schools (e.g., chemical engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and other health sciences), or an entry-level position with the chemical industries. 

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with ACS emphasis is certified by the American Chemical Society.

Basic Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with an emphasis in Basic Chemistry prepares students to work in various career opportunities in education, research, government, medical practice, and much more.

Students will gain a strong knowledge of concepts and terminology in organic/inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and instrumental chemistry.

The program provides a basic understanding of chemistry principles, so that students may understand the scientific approaches to drive improvements in chemistry-related fields.

Biochemistry

The Biology & Chemistry Double Major emphasis program combines the study of chemistry with biology courses, so that students may understand core knowledge to drive a scientific approach in chemistry-related fields.

The program will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate or professional medical school. 

We offer advising toward several professional programs. Specific requirements vary and faculty mentors will assist with course choices.

Double Major

The Chemistry Double Major emphasis program combines the study of an approved second major with chemistry courses, so that students may understand core knowledge to drive a scientific approach in chemistry-related fields.

The program will prepare students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate or professional medical school. 

We offer advising toward several professional programs. Specific requirements vary and faculty mentors will assist with course choices.

Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry emphasis program combines the study of environmental science with chemistry courses, so that students may understand core knowledge to drive a scientific approach in bioscience-related fields.

Students will not only learn to understand helps the implications of damages being done to the environment through chemical production and disposal but also to resolve the problems and improve conditions for the environment.

Students will gain a strong knowledge of concepts and terminology in organismal biology, cellular biology, molecular, and microbiology. 

Secondary Certification

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an emphasis in Secondary Teaching is for students who seek to obtain a K-12 teacher license in Chemistry. Students will also work closely with the Teacher Education Program to gain the experience and necessary skills to thrive, lead, and innovate in the classroom.

Preparation for secondary science education involves a B.S. in a science discipline, plus a minor in education. This minor includes courses with field experience hours in a school district.

Students apply for formal admission to the teacher education program during the Frameworks in Education course (ED 301). In addition to coursework, students must pass a PRAXIS content exam for science prior to acceptance for student teaching during their last semester.

Please also see the Teacher Education website for more information.

Students using a microscope int eh Chemistry department with Professor Dr. Chad Kinney

The Chemistry Department at CSU-Pueblo is an Approved Program by the American Chemical Society (ACS). An ACS Certified degree option is one of the seven degree emphasis areas offered by the Department.

Vaccination Requirement and Exemptions

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The university's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy includes the COVID-19 vaccination unless an exemption is filed.

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