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Department of Chemistry
Fort Hays State University
Tomanek Hall 341
Phone: 785-628-5321
FAX: (785) 628-4088 

Dr. Arvin Cruz, Chair 

Ms. Anne Basgall, Sr Administrative Assistant

Academic Programs in Chemistry

Whether you wish to conduct research, enter professional school (medical, dental, chiropractic, optometry or podiatry as well as pharmacy), teach, or do something else entirely, the Department of Chemistry has a number of in-depth undergraduate and pre-professional programs to provide you the education and hands-on experience you need to be successful.

Master of Science In Education(MSE)

The Master of Science in Education (MSE) with an Emphasis in Chemistry is a degree offered by the Chemistry Department and the Department of Advanced Education.  This degree is designed for a professional with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education or chemistry who seeks to obtain the advanced training in chemistry and education to teach at the college level.  The curriculum consists of a 15 credit hour of advanced education core curriculum, a 3 credit hour chemical education course, and 18 credit hours of advanced chemistry content.  It is designed to satisfy the requirements set forth by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for instructors to teach college-level coursework. 

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
If you're interested in a career as a high school teacher, a chemical librarian, chemical salesperson, medical doctor, pharmaceutical salesperson or chiropractor, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry may be the right option for you. You may pursue a non-specialized degree program or choose from specializations for teacher education or environmental chemistry.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is American Chemical Society Approved
If you are interested in a career in the chemical industry or wish to pursue graduate study in chemistry, you should enroll in the Bachelor of Science program. Typically, students planning to go to medical school or pursue graduate study follow the biological chemistry emphasis. Depending on your career goals, you can pursue a general chemistry degree program or focus your studies in one of two areas:

  • biological chemistry
  • forensic science

Pre-Professional Programs in Pharmacy and Health Professions (medical, dental, chiropractic, optometry or podiatry as well as pharmacy)

Health professions such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, osteopathy, podiatry, pharmacy and chiropractic require college courses as listed below. They usually include one full year of laboratory courses in general/inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physics and biology. One year of courses in English and mathematics is generally expected. Additional course work from the areas of biochemistry, chemistry, biology, psychology, applied statistics, computer science, and the humanities is frequently recommended and sometimes required.

B.S. in General Science - Concentration in Chemistry
The B.S. in General Science offers you a flexible, broad-based education in the core disciplines of biology, chemistry, geosciences and physics, while allowing you to deepen your knowledge and skills in one or more of those concentration areas.



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