Discover the wonder of the chemical process
At Worcester State University, you will gain a strong understanding of the scientific method–and the methods and limitations of science that inform the challenges facing our physical world.
At Worcester State, you will develop a solid understanding of the principles of central science through hands-on experimentation and research. Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on preparation, competence with instrumental techniques, teamwork, problem-solving, and interdisciplinary collaboration. We offer students extensive contact with modern equipment and abundant research opportunities. Our department’s strong reputation, location and ACS certification provides a solid training for graduate school and industry positions.
The ACS, with its more than 160,000 members, is the major professional society in the United States for practicing chemists. The ACS sponsors major professional meetings and publishes a large number of scientific journals. Through its Committee on Professional Training, the ACS evaluates undergraduate professional education in chemistry throughout the U.S. Students who successfully complete an undergraduate curriculum which meets the ACS guidelines receive certification by the Society. These guidelines are lengthy but basically require 400 clock hours of traditional classwork in chemistry courses covering the fundamental areas of the discipline, and 500 clock hours of formal laboratory experience in chemistry. Math and physics courses are also specified.
Complete details of the ACS guidelines for degree certification may be found below:
All Chemistry majors who complete the BS curriculum will be nominated by the Department to receive certification by the ACS.
BA majors who desire to qualify for American Chemical Society certification for their degree must complete the following courses:
- CHEM 311, Inorganic Chemistry I (3 credits), and
- CHEM 328, Introductory Biochemistry (3) or BIOC 307, General Biochemistry I (4 credits) or
- CHEM 329, Chemical Aspects of Living Systems (3 credits)AND
Complete 5 credit hours of CHEM 397: Undergraduate Research or CHEM 398: Undergraduate Research/Senior Capstone Project. The research project must culminate in a written report. Students who carry out chemistry-based research in other departments may petition the Undergraduate Committee to count this research toward ACS accreditation.
Certification by the ACS is viewed favorably for admission to graduate or professional programs. Certified graduates are eligible to become Members of the Society after graduation; other chemistry graduates may become Associate Members after graduation, and Members after three years of professional experience in chemistry or chemical engineering.
Why study at Worcester State?
The department is equipped with state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and an outstanding technical support staff. Available instrumentation includes the following, to name a few:
- Several high-resolution spectrophotometers and fluorimeters
- HPLC systems
- IR spectrometers
- Instrumentation for GC-MS and LC-MS measurements
- ICP-OES for metal analysis
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