Chemistry majors must select one of eight areas of concentration, preferably in their sophomore year. Undecided majors and those who are considering chemistry as a possible major are strongly encouraged to take CHEM 1002 in their second semester; this course will alert them to the various career opportunities in Chemistry in time to make an appropriate decision. The different concentrations can be grouped according to whether or not they prepare the student for an active career in chemistry or for another profession, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, or education.
Active Careers in Chemistry. These concentrations are recommended for students who seek a professional career in chemistry or plan to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or a closely related field. Some are certified by the American Chemical Society. Students successfully completing those concentrations will receive a certificate upon graduation.
The biological chemistry concentration strengthens the student's knowledge in the chemistry and structure of living systems. The chemical physics concentration emphasizes understanding chemical systems based on fundamental physical, mathematical and theoretical principles. The chemistry concentration provides a broad background in chemistry; it is recommended to students who desire a career in chemistry but do not yet know which branch of chemistry best suits them.
The environmental concentration is recommended for preparation as a chemical professional or for entrance to graduate study in chemistry, but with an environmental emphasis. This is a joint program with Southern University, and some of the environmental chemistry courses may be offered in alternate semesters at LSU and SUBR with cross registration possible in both directions.
The materials concentration makes the connection between chemistry and a wide range of practical materials used to fabricate electronic, optical and other devices. The polymer concentration is designed for students with career objectives in the science of synthetic or biological macromolecules, including plastics.
Chemistry for Other Professions. The pre-professional concentration is designed primarily for students who will apply for graduate education in another profession, such as medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. The chemistry and a second discipline concentration allows students to develop their interests and abilities in other disciplines outside of chemistry, whether or not graduate education is contemplated. Students may choose second disciplines such as computer science, biological sciences, geology, engineering, business administration, ecology, history, foreign languages, oceanography and coastal sciences, political science, sociology and others.
Minor in chemistry. Requirements are a minimum of 20 semester hours of chemistry, including at least two laboratory courses and at least three semester hours at the 3000 or 4000 level, but excluding Chemistry 3900.