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Why should I major in chemistry or biochemistry at Ohio State?
Chemistry and Biochemistry at Ohio State contains numerous resources, state-of-the-art facilities, and top-notch faculty members. The National Research Council consistently ranks the chemistry and biochemistry department at Ohio State as one of the best in the nation.
Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors
Students pursuing a chemistry or biochemistry degree can either take the Bachelor of Science track or the Bachelor of Arts track, allowing for flexibility in both coursework and the trajectory of the student’s future career path.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is geared towards students who wish to become professional chemists/biochemists. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is geared towards students who want to use a background in chemistry or biochemistry in their pursuits in other areas of science, such as life sciences, or in professional areas like medicine, pharmacy, or veterinary science. Many career options are available for graduates with degrees in chemistry and biochemistry. The American Chemical Society has excellent resources for students beginning their careers in chemistry.
The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is comprised of about 50 faculty members. Faculty members include a member in the National Academy of Sciences, Ohio Eminent Scholars, Sloan Fellows, Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar awardees, and fellows of the American Physical Society, the American Ceramic Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Several faculty also hold national awards from the American Chemical Society and have been distinguished by the research they conduct.
Students can interact directly with faculty members through undergraduate research. Faculty will occasionally post particular needs they have for their laboratories that undergraduates can fill. Our Research Page contains an overview of the opportunities and benefits of participating in Undergraduate Research during your time at Ohio State.
If you’re considering a major in either chemistry or biochemistry, but haven’t quite made up your mind yet, take a few moments to browse through this blog to see the opportunities at organizations that are actively recruiting our students. If you’re interested in what you see, and would like to know more about our program, you can browse our department website for more information or make an appointment with one of our advisers to discuss your options.