The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in chemistry is often selected by those preparing for the medical or paramedical professions. The B.A. stresses the biological aspects of chemistry.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is designed for students who plan to enter industry or to pursue graduate study in chemistry. The B.S. option places a greater emphasis on mathematics and its scientific applications.
Either degree is quite appropriate for students intending to teach in secondary school:
Upon graduating, students majoring in chemistry will have:
Developed a high level of problem solving ability, particularly with respect to laboratory problems
Prepared chemical solutions independently
Worked independently in lab
Observed and collected data
Possessed an extensive knowledge base in the areas of inorganic, organic, physical, analytical and biochemistry
Demonstrated an ability to communicate scientific information in a written format in a coherent fashion
Demonstrated an ability to present scientific information to a public
Demonstrated knowledge of the organization of scientific literature and ability to collect and organize such information
Possessed a historical appreciation for some of the major developments in the field
Conducted independent research under the mentorship of a faculty member and/or worked as an assistant in the preparation and delivery of courses in the chemistry laboratory