Chemistry at UNC Asheville
Degrees offered by the Department of Chemistry prepare students for advanced studies in chemistry and related disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary science, and careers as chemists in government, industry, and teaching. The curricula developed by the Department of Chemistry reflect the standards set by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which are accepted by virtually all chemistry departments at competitive colleges and universities across the country.
Because the department is small, Chemistry majors receive a good deal of individual attention from faculty and have laboratory experiences not usually available in undergraduate courses. In addition, majors perform research, an experience which develops independent and creative thinking as part of their studies.
The student may pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree. The Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society and fully prepares students for graduate studies in chemistry or professional careers in the chemical industry. ACS certified degrees are often highly valued by employers of chemists and by graduate schools. The Bachelor of Arts degree allows the student more flexibility in course selections and is, therefore, advantageous for some pre-professional programs. Students seeking teacher certification must complete, at a minimum, the B.A. requirements, listed under Teacher Certification in Chemistry, but may elect to complete the required courses listed under the Bachelor of Science degree.
The Chemistry Department at UNC Asheville is a place for individuals seeking a personal and lasting education in chemistry. You will not find a single class taught by a teaching assistant, but rather a faculty member who will not hesitate bend over backwards in order to facilitate student learning. These same faculty also serve as dedicated mentors in the explorative learning process that is the undergraduate research program, extending learning in chemistry beyond the classroom. I came all the way from Ohio to be a part of this department and it is a decision that has given me the foundation to study chemistry almost anywhere at the next level. Ben McDonald, Class of 2012