Bachelor of Arts Degree
The future depends greatly on how people solve the world's problems, and problem solving is what chemists and physicists do best. From medicinal chemistry to research in superconductivity, there are abundant opportunities in the sciences. The programs offered by the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics at the University of Central Missouri prepare students for many rewarding, cutting-edge careers.
The chemistry and physics degree programs at UCM provide a balanced curriculum of classroom instruction and practical laboratory experience. Students with a major in chemistry receive extensive state of the art, hands-on experience with instrumentation, such as UV-Visible, FTIR, and FTNMR spectroscopy; chromatography (GC/MS/MS/HPLC); calorimetry; fluorometry; electrochemical analysis and others.
About the Faculty
Active research, workshop and seminar participation keeps physics and chemistry faculty current in the ever-advancing field of science. In addition to a wide range of academic and professional experience, all faculty members in UCM's Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics have earned doctorates in their fields of expertise.
The department's caring and experienced faculty provide individualized attention for their students, and the university's low student to faculty ratio allows for such personalized activity. Classroom learning is reinforced through practical laboratory experiences, where the use of instrumentation is emphasized.
The Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics is located in the W. C. Morris Science Building. The facilities include areas for general instructional use, audio-visual facilities, a library study area and modern laboratories in various areas of specialization. The department also has modern, well-equipped computer laboratories in chemistry and physics, as well as electronic classrooms for each discipline.
Chemistry is a common and well-suited major for many of the preprofessional programs (medicine, dentistry, veterinary, pharmacy, optometry) and also qualifies graduates to work as teachers or as chemists in industry and government. Chemistry students are provided very attractive financial assistance should they choose to continue their studies at the graduate level. Graduate studies in biochemistry, analytical, organic, inorganic, chemical education, petroleum and pharmaceutical chemistry are among the numerous options available.
Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through participation in campus organizations of special professional, service and academic interest. The Society of Physics Students and the American Chemical Society provide opportunities for members to have personal and informal association with the chemistry and physics faculty outside of the classroom. The societies meet regularly, sponsor lectures on contemporary science topics, and provide avenues of participation for campus activities. Students who merit academic recognition may be invited to join one or more of the honorary societies in science, such as Sigma Pi Sigma or Beta Beta Beta.
Chemistry and physics students are considered for employment as laboratory or department assistants after completion of a minimum amount of training and study. This opportunity provides students with valuable teaching, research, and technical experience.
The Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry & Physics collaborates with the Departments of Criminal Justice and Biology and Earth Science to offer a minor in forensic science. Graduates completing the minor will be able to complete DNA testing and analyze trace evidence as entry level laboratory personnel.
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