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The chemistry major is designed to guide students toward understanding the principles underlying the composition, structure, and properties of substances—both natural and man-made—and the transformations they undergo. The program emphasizes helping students become knowledgeable observers and independent, imaginative problem-solvers, using state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratory setting.

Students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. The B.S. is designed primarily for students who intend to pursue graduate studies within the chemical sciences or seek employment in the chemical industry. Students planning to enter health-allied professional schools may choose either the B.S. or B.A. degree. The B.A. degree is also suited for students who intend to enter the teaching profession. In order for Lyon College to certify a student to teach chemistry, a student must obtain either a B.A. or B.S. in chemistry and must take SCI 360.


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