8 Jul 2010

ACS Certification

Submitted by Hilary Eppley, DePauw University
What percentage of your graduates are ACS certified?  Use the comment space for discussion!


All chemistry majors (which was all majors until we created a joint chem/bio major about 5 years ago) are ACS certified.  The joint majors are not, unless they choose to take inorganic and lab, instrumental and lab, and group theory/quantum/spectroscopy (p chem 2).  Not many (if any) of the jonit majors choose this route. 

Since our program is not ACS certified (three biggest obstacles are # of faculty, NMR, and library resources), and most of our majors (2 or so graduating per year) are pre-med or pre-professional they do not aspire to take Inorganic...which sadly remains an elective at this point.

We basically have one major which has gradually become more rigorous over the years, and it recently became ACS accredited. The students that don't graduate with accreditation are those who complete a dual or double major, and so take a slightly reduced major.


Our numbers are very erratic as it used to be that our chem majors had to take an elective Biochem course and an elective Advanced Inorganic course to be certified.  But now with the new foundation/advanced course plan, our 200-level Inorganic course fits the bill and the only added thing students need to take that is not already required for the major is a Biochem course.  Our numbers in recent years therefore, have started to (and I think will continue to) grow.

We have a BA and BS in Chemistry.  The BS curriculum is certified.   Last year we had 18 graduate and 15 of them were BS.  This year we had 29-30 graduate and approximately 20 were BS.  The rising seniors are about 50:50.  I need to add that we have 30-35 biochemistry majors per year.  The curriculum it that degree program is light in chemistry.  Gen. Chem I & II, Org. Chem I & II, one-semester p-chem and Bio. Chem I & II w/ a one-semester lab.