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Chemistry and Chemical Biology

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Our Lady of the Lake University offers bachelor's degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Biology that provide an active, yet nurturing environment to prepare students for a career in a range of different fields including medicine, chemical industry and pharmacy. Class sizes are kept small and the same professor teaches the lecture and laboratory portions of each course. Professors teach in a manner that gives students hands-on experience in the laboratory and the classroom.

Programs Offered

The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry provides a strong chemistry background, but does not go as far in depth as a Bachelor of Science degree. The BA degree is an excellent preparation for students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry-related or health professions.

BA Chemistry degree plan and course descriptions

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is a traditional track that provides an avenue for students interested in graduate studies in chemistry-related industries.

BS Chemistry degree plan and course descriptions

The Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology provides students with knowledge and training in both chemistry and biology so that the may understand and investigate the chemical processes that take place in living systems. The combination of the two disciplines alleviates the strain associated with obtaining a double major in chemistry and biology and provides a strong background for students interested om molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, biotechnology or forensic chemistry. 

BS Chemical Biology degree plan and course descriptions

The chemistry minor provides a strong foundation of chemistry principles that can be applied in a wide variety of fields. 

It is often paired with a major in science, but is actually a great pairing with many of the majors offered at OLLU to make students stronger applicants  in the job market or for graduate school.

Chemistry minor degree plan and course descriptions

Spanish-speaking students can earn a biology degree with dual-language (English/Spanish) emphasis through the Biliterate Certificate Program. Students take specialized courses taught in Spanish and fulfill a portion of their major requirements by completing a practicum or learning experience in a Spanish-speaking setting. Earning the certificate certifies that a student is proficient in both English and Spanish. 

Take Your Chemistry Degree to Medical School

OLLU has an articulation agreement with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) for students wishing to go to medical, dental or pharmacy school after graduating. Through the agreement, OLLU students who meet certain criteria may receive provisional acceptance to LECOM. If the student meets the requirements outlined in the provisional acceptance, they will be guaranteed a spot at LECOM once they graduate from OLLU.

OLLU also participates in the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). Under this partnership, students who meet certain criteria are guaranteed a spot in a Texas medical school upon graduation from OLLU.

Opportunities to Conduct Chemistry Research

Chemistry students have the opportunity to conduct chemical research projects made possible by grants obtained by OLLU's Chemistry Program. The grants provide funds for student stipends, travel to professional meetings, instrument maintenance and supplies devoted to research. In addition to research projects conducted during the fall and spring semesters, students also have the option to engage in summer research. Once the projects are completed, students can present their findings at the American Chemical Society's National Meeting and Exposition.

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Chemistry Program Highlights

Students studying chemistry at OLLU reap the benefits of OLLU’s small class sizes and supportive faculty, allowing them to take their research to the next level.

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