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Degree Requirements
The Department of Chemistry offers a rigorous program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Currently, our degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS).Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who plan to begin a career in industry or extend their formal education for an advanced degree and research is strongly encouraged throughout a student's career at Howard University. A degree in chemistry can lead to careers in patent law, scientific writing, education or research positions in chemical or technological industries.  Many of our students go on to graduate school. The chemistry major provides a path for those seeking a doctoral degree in pharmacy and those looking to acquire degrees in medicine and dentistry.  The chemistry major requires a strong personal work ethic due to the demanding curriculum.

Along with core courses in Chemistry, students must take General Education Requirements as specified by the College of Arts and Sciences and obtain a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. We have provided two example course maps, however it is recommended that students contact their advisors.

       Calculus Sequence (PDF)                                        Pre-Calculus Sequence (PDF) 

For a description of courses, please visit the Courses page.

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Undergraduate Research
All undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in research while attending Howard University. Research allows students to take theory and concepts learned in the classroom into "hands-on" application in a laboratory setting. By applying the information learned in the classroom to real-world situations, students begin to not only reinforce the lessons learned, but also research helps to shape a student's future for research conducted in industry and even the medical field.  Faculty members in the department participate as research mentors to students in their individual laboratories and through The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP), a National Science Foundation sponsored program designed for undergraduate majors in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Department of Chemistry recommends that students read the research profiles of faculty within the department on our webpage.  While the faculty members of the department are active in various research areas, we also encourage students to look at research experiences in other departments across the campus of Howard University such as Biology, Chemical Engineering, and Physics.  

Students are also encouraged to apply for research opportunities on both a national and global scale. The National Science Foundation Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REU) offers students the chance to perform research at academic institutions across the nation.  Government laboratories and institutes such as the National Institutes of HealthArgonne National Laboratoryand Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offer various research opportunities.
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Transferring from another college or university to Howard University can be stressful for any incoming student. Students intending to transfer to Howard University should visit the Admissions website for more information. If you have questions about if transfer credit for courses, please visit the Office of the Provost for Howard University's Transfer Credit Policy.   
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Pursuing a college education is not only a time commitment, but a financial one as well.  Students are encouraged to visit the Financial Aid Webpage for information about how to pay for their college education.

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