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The Chemical & Biological Sciences department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in both biology and chemistry, minors in both biology and chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. The B.S. degree in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Bachelor of Arts in chemistry (28 hours) provides a solid background in chemistry while allowing students to fully explore other disciplines provided in a liberal arts setting. Note that, should students major in biochemistry, they may not also major or minor in chemistry or biology.
Prospective majors usually begin their study of biology or chemistry and mathematics in their first year. However, students who have completed their first or second years should have no difficulty obtaining a degree, assuming they have been following a science-track major. Emphasis on laboratory work allows students to put into practice the theory that both text and lecture contain, while teaching basic laboratory skills and introducing students to modern instrumentation and scientific computer software. Two credits of undergraduate research are required of all majors, during which students might work with a faculty member on a project or might take advantage of summer opportunities at major research universities or in industry.
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The College of Science, Math and Nursing at Rockford University combines a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate education with abundant opportunities to participate in independent and productive research. The four departments housed in the College are Chemical and Biological Sciences; Math, Computer Science, and Physics; Nursing; and Psychology. We offer at least 10 broad areas of study necessary to achieve students’ educational goals. Our chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), and our nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Our strong and diverse faculty provides an excellent education for student success and will prepare students for the career of their choice.
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