All students in the Chemistry program at ACPHS complete coursework that spans the five traditional areas of chemistry: analytical, organic, physical, inorganic, and biochemistry.
Many students choose to focus their studies in the area of medicinal chemistry, where they learn how to apply chemical concepts to the design, synthesis, and development of drugs.
It is this opportunity to specialize in medicinal chemistry, combined with the strong focus on health care and research at ACPHS, that distinguishes our Chemistry program from those at most other schools.
Students graduating from the ACPHS chemistry program will compete favorably for positions in research or industry because (1) their area of study is directly relevant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and (2) the interdisciplinary nature of the training that is part of this program.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there are 84,000 chemists employed in the workforce with a significant number working in either scientific research/development or pharmaceutical/medicine manufacturing. According to the BLS, the median annual wages of chemists as of 2010 were $69,790.
For those not seeking employment in industry, additional options may include:
- Attending graduate school in the biological, chemical, or pharmaceutical sciences
- Attending professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and law
- Completing a Masters in Teaching degree through a teacher preparation program