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Chemistry: The UDC Edge

The chemistry program at UDC has earned the distinguished American Chemical Society (ACS) Certification for the program’s rigorous curriculum and the hands-on research experiences provided to students. By choosing this optional component of the degree program, you will have opportunities in the classroom and in the laboratory that few other undergraduates enjoy.

All chemistry students at the University of the District of Columbia are also fully engaged in the research life of the university. Through the STEM Center for Research and Development and other research initiatives offered by UDC, you have ample opportunities to gain research experience as an undergraduate, putting your classroom knowledge to work.

Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Chemistry

Our everyday lives are comprised of compounds, whether they are found in prescription drugs, household chemicals or manufactured goods. How are these products created? How do they affect our lives? If you are fascinated by the world around you and curious about what makes it work, you should consider a degree in chemistry from the University of the District of Columbia.

The bachelor’s degree program in chemistry at UDC provides you with a challenging and supportive learning environment, giving you the opportunity to engage in research from the moment you step onto campus. You will learn to solve problems, perform experiments, collect and analyze data, and report findings in a way that will prepare you for graduate study or jobs in a number of growing research, technical, and applied science fields.

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Curriculum and Requirements in the UDC Chemistry Program

The bachelor’s degree program in chemistry requires 120 total credit hours through a comprehensive plan of study. You can choose from the following options.

  • Chemistry
    • This option provides you with a solid grounding in fundamental while allowing you to pursue interests and courses in other sciences.
  • Chemistry with American Chemical Society (ACS) certification option
    • This option meets the guidelines of the ACS Committee on Professional Training, and includes more chemistry courses and additional research, serving as a strong foundation for graduate study or a research career in chemistry.

Student Organizations and Activities in the UDC Chemistry Program

Students in the chemistry program have the opportunity to participate in a number of research-based activities, including:

  • The STEM Center for Research and Development is a valuable resource for chemistry students and other students in STEM disciplines. The center offers course, research, and enrichment activities designed to strengthen students’ academic skills and engagement and to increase graduation rates.
  • The Minority Biological Research Support and Minority Access to Research Careers grant programs expose degree program students to current technologies and state-of-the-art equipment through hands-on research opportunities.
  • The UDC Cancer Research and Education Academy supports minority science students with an interest in cancer research and addressing health disparities in the D.C. area.

Students may also join the Chemistry Club and student chapter of National Institute of Science for networking and social opportunities.

Career Pathways and Prospects

With a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UDC, you are ready to jump into either a graduate program or the professional world. Graduates of the chemistry program go on to earn the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees or to seek employment immediately after graduation. In either case, UDC chemistry graduates have been very successful in their careers with the federal government, private industry, and in education, and UDC provides concrete assistance to graduates to help them find the job and career pathway that is right for them.

You may also consider UDC’s master’s degree in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control, offered in partnership with Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Contact info:

E: casgeneral@udc.edu | T: 202.274.5194 | F: 202.274.5589