Career Implication of the Bachelor's Degree
The Department of Chemistry offers two bachelor
of science degree programs. Both require a minimum of 43 credit hours
of chemistry courses; they are designed for those who want to work in
the field of chemistry. The American Chemical Society approved degree
is based on the guidelines established by the American Chemical Society
(ACS) and specifically requires Organic and Inorganic Synthesis (CHEM 382) and a Biochemistry course (either CHEM 367 or LS BIOCHEM
numbered 341 or higher). Many of those receiving the bachelor of
science degree have gone on to graduate work, professional schools, and
advanced degrees. Others have gone directly into the chemical industry
In contrast, the bachelor of arts degree is more
flexible because it requires only a minimum of 26 credit hours of
chemistry. The bachelor of arts student is shown a minimum of what
chemistry is about. By choosing suitable courses, this degree prepares
the individual with the chemical background for work in other areas.
Examples include technical librarian, medical technologist, business
administration, public health, and sales or advertising in the chemical
industry. The majority of students pursuing the bachelor of arts in
chemistry do so in preparation for professional schools, such as
medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. The bachelor of arts can also
provide a student with a background in chemistry equivalent to that of
a bachelor of science, but tailored to the individual's desires.
Teacher Certification in Chemistry
Certification as a middle school (grades 5-9) or
secondary (grades 9-12) chemistry teacher in either Kansas or Missouri
requires that a student complete specific requirements in biology,
chemistry, environmental science, geology, physics and the School of
Education. A separate application for teacher education is required.
For further information about the program, consult the School of
Education section of this catalog or contact the Education Student
Services Office at (816) 235-2234.
Other than University of Missouri admission
requirements, there are no special prerequisites for beginning either
the bachelor of arts or the
bachelor of science program. High-school chemistry and a good working
knowledge of algebra and arithmetic are desirable for entering the
bachelor of science program. It should be noted that much of the
science program, and some of the bachelor of arts program, are highly
structured in the order which chemistry courses must be
taken. It is assumed that transfer students, Associates degree
students, and junior college students should
have begun the appropriate course sequence in their previous schools.
students are required to consult with the Chemistry Undergraduate
Adviser before their registration at UMKC.
Those seeking either a bachelor of science or a
bachelor of arts degree
should see the Chemistry Department's principal undergraduate adviser
department chair at the earliest possible time. Students who major in
Chemistry must see the Undergraduate Adviser each semester prior to
enrolling in courses.
Students with outstanding records of achievement may be eligible to
enroll in special honors courses. Such courses are designated by the letter H
preceding the course number, or special arrangements can be made with
instructors of regular courses. Students enrolled in the special courses should
consult with their faculty adviser to arrange for optimal degree planning.
Prerequisites and Corequisites
A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for
all prerequisite and corequisite courses for all students taking
courses within the Department of Chemistry. In exceptional cases,
students may receive written consent from the Chemistry Undergraduate
Adviser to waive this requirement. Students must be concurrently
enrolled in all corequisite courses. In exceptional cases, students may
receive written consent of the Curriculum Committee by obtaining a
petition form from the Department to waive this requirement.