The Bachelor of Innovation™ (BI) in Chemistry is a cross-disciplinary degree that combines chemistry, engineering, and business. A collaboration between the Department of Chemistry in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Business, this cutting edge curriculum combines academic studies, technical skills, and professional training to prepare students for a variety of careers in the broad spectrum of the chemical industry. The degree is structured so that students gain a fundamental basis of knowledge and skills in chemistry along with preparation in business law, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Moreover, BI Chemistry students will participate in several high level collaborative projects, internships and produce professional level work that will give them a distinct advantage launching careers in the competitive changing world of the chemical fields.
What is chemistry? “In simplest terms, chemistry is the science of matter. Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen, or felt is made of chemicals.” (American Chemical Society, 22 Sep 2010) Chemistry touches every aspect of human existence, from sources of raw materials to final products. While the traditional degrees in chemistry are essential for those who wish to pursue careers as chemists, the industry is much broader than that, encompassing innovation, entrepreneurship, marketing, business, law, information management, project management, consulting, environmental protection, hazardous waste management, social impact, science policy, regulatory affairs, and technical communication, to list a few. The BI in Chemistry prepares students to be effective in pursuing careers in many of these interconnected facets of the chemical industry.
The Chemistry major requires a minimum of 36 credit hours of CHEM course work and a minimum of 16 credit hours of upper-division (3000+ level) CHEM course work.
All CHEM courses must have a grade of “C” or better.
All auxiliary requirements must be completed in addition to the required major courses.
Innovation Core (27 Credits)
Cross Discipline Core (15 Credits)
English (6 Credits)
LAS and Compass Requirements (24 hours)
Math and Science Courses (12 hours)
Students are responsible for completing all course prerequisites; prerequisites are strictly enforced. All skills including junior core and senior capstone courses must be completed with a C- or better.
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