All chemistry majors take the core courses which include: General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, Physical Chemistry I, Computers in Science, Research in Chemistry, and Physics I and II.
Students in the Traditional Concentration also take Thermodynamics, Spectroscopy, Advanced Physical Chemistry Lab, Inorganic Chemistry and Calculus I and II. These students often minor in mathematics or computer science. The Traditional Concentration stresses physical chemistry and is usually chosen by those interested in employment or graduate programs in physical, organic, inorganic, or analytical chemistry.
Students in the Biochemistry Concentration also take Biochemistry I and II, Calculus with Applications, and Statistics. They complete a minor in molecular biology. This area of study can lead to employment or graduate studies in the biochemical/biomedical fields. Students planning to go to medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy schools usually choose the Biochemistry Concentration.
The Biopharmaceutical concentration is designed for students who plan on becoming pharmacists. Students in the Biopharmaceutical Concentration, if successful, will take three years of classes at Shepherd and then four years at West Virginia University in the pharmacy school. The student will receive a B.S. in Chemistry from Shepherd University after the fourth year and a Pharm.D. from WVU after completing the seventh year. At Shepherd, the student will take all of the courses needed for entry into the pharmacy school but must maintain a high GPA and meet the WVU requirements on the PCAT exams in order to gain entry to the pharmacy school.
Students in the Environmental Concentration also take Environmental Chemistry, 13 credits of environmental science, 8 credits of earth science, 7 credits of mathematics, and 4 of biology. This concentration is designed for students desiring to enter graduate programs or those who want to work for environmental companies and organizations.
Did you know that you can also study Secondary Education (grade 9-12) with a specialization in Chemistry? Students on this track take General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry I, Biochemistry I, and a chemistry elective, in addition to their Education coursework.