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Chemistry Degrees


For more information regarding the majors described below see the College of Arts & Sciences' Four-Year Plans. Chemistry at the University of Kentucky offers four bachelor's degrees:

  • B.S. Degree in Chemistry - Traditional
    The Department of Chemistry offers a program balanced for depth and breadth leading to a Bachelor of Science degree for students who intend to become professional chemists or pursue graduate work in molecular science.
  • B.S. Degree in Chemistry - Biochemistry
    The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Biochemistry Track is a multidisciplinary program for students who desire to enter professional health fields (including doctors and dentists), to become professional chemists or biochemists, or to do graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry. This program requires less upper level chemistry, and less math than the Traditional Chemistry degree. On the other hand, this program requires more Biology, a deeper study of systems and a greater focus on macromolecules, and polymers than the Traditional Chemistry degree. Many students that choose this major successfully double major in Biology.
  • B.S. Degree in Chemistry - Material Science
    The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Materials Science Track is a multidisciplinary program for students interested in careers as industrial or research chemists, or to pursue graduate work in chemistry or engineering in the field of materials science. The program focuses on real-world applications of chemistry in optics, electronics, and power generation / storage, and requires fewer general upper-level chemistry courses than the Traditional B.S. Chemistry degree.
  • B.A. Degree in Chemistry
    A Bachelor of Arts degree program is available for students who want greater flexibility in the selection of courses in other fields of science in addition to basic training in chemistry. The B.A. program is designed particularly for students planning to enter the professional health fields, to teach in secondary schools, or to work in such varied areas as technical service, patent law, or ecology.

Double Major in Chemistry
You can earn a B.A. in Chemistry in addition to a degree in your home department by fulfilling the departmental (but not college) requirements for a B.A.

BA in Chemistry for Students who plan to earn a PharmD
The Department of Chemistry has designed a special BA curriculum for students who plan to earn a PharmD. Read more.

Dual Degree - STEM+World Language
This dual degree in language and STEM capitalizes on this natural combination. Graduates will work in international settings, with international companies or in medicine - fields where language skills are an advantage to working with or caring for diverse populations. Read more.

Advanced Degrees in Chemistry
The department also offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.