Chemistry Degree Options

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry consists of four Options. For more information on each option please review the course catalog.

  • General Chemistry: Students following this Option prepare for research, industrial, and governmental careers or for graduate study in chemistry or related fields. Students completing this Option will receive a degree certified by the American Chemical Society.
  • Industrial Chemistry: This Option serves students preparing for positions in science industries or in technical sales.
  • Biochemistry: Students who wish to prepare for careers in biomedical research or to gain admission to medical, dental, or pharmacy school usually follow this Option.
  • Secondary Teaching Option in Chemistry: Completion of this Option qualifies students for an Initial Type 09 Illinois High School Certificate with a high school endorsement in science and a chemistry designation for grades 9-12. Certification requires the successful completion of the Illinois Certification Tests of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Chemistry Content, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) (Secondary 6-12). The Secondary Teaching Program is accredited by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards in science education.

Physics Degree Options

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physics consists of four Options. For more information on each option please review the course catalog.

  • General Physics: Students following this Option prepare for research, industrial, and governmental careers or for graduate study in physics or related fields.
  • Physics for Biosciences Applications: Students who wish to pursue careers in biophysics, medical physics, motion science or gain admission to medical, dental, or pharmacy school usually follow this option.
  • Engineering Physics: Students following this Option prepare for a number of fields in the application of physics especially high tech industry as well as graduate studies in Engineering and Applied Physics. (This Option has been approved but is not yet in the University Catalog. Please contact an advisor for more information.)
  • Secondary Teaching Option in Physics: Completion of this Option qualifies students for an Initial Type 09 Illinois High School Certificate with a high school endorsement in science and a physics designation for grades 9-12. Certification requires the successful completion of thee Illinois Certification Tests of Academic Proficiency (TAP), Physics Content, and Assessment of Professional Teaching (APT) (Secondary 6-12). The Secondary Teaching Program is accredited by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and meets Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) standards in science education. 

Engineering Studies Program

The engineering studies program is for students who want the foundational courses needed for an engineering degree.  Click here to learn more.