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Chemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Western Carolina University offers several paths for those interested in pursuing a B.S. in Chemistry, including a general chemistry track that allows flexibility for adding a minor of your choice and a pre-professional and biomedical sciences track that prepares students for careers and further study in the health sciences.
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Key facts:

  • Whether pursuing the general or pre-medical concentration, students build a firm foundation for their futures through coursework and scientific training research experience by studying B.S in Chemistry. 
  • Small class sizes allow students to work with expert faculty and staff in a collaborative learning environment, and spend more time using state-of-the-art instrumentation such as a DNA sequencer or an ion-trap mass spectrometer. The core curriculum includes courses such as General Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry I, Principles of Biochemistry, and Chemical Dynamics. Outside of the lab and classroom, students may choose to get involved in the SAACS Chemistry Club and the WCU Environmental Health Club to gain additional education and experience.
  • A chemistry degree from Western Carolina University prepares students for immediate employment or further graduate study. Whether working in the lab, classroom or corner office, graduates are able to demonstrate to employers and mentors their knowledge, research abilities and familiarity with instrumentation. 
  • Jobs can be focused on, but not limited to, field study and research, environmental chemistry, biotechnology, product development, industrial quality control, technical sales, analysis and testing, teaching, and technical writing. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, physical science occupations are expected to increase approximately 10 percent by 2022, while healthcare practitioner, technical and support occupations are expected to increase between 20 and 30 percent in the same time period.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Chemistry program curriculum include:

  • General Chemistry 
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry: Chemical Thermodynamics 
  • Principles of Biochemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis 
  • Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Seminar in Chemistry
  • Calculus
  • General Physics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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