The study of chemistry, notably defined as the “central science,” prepares students for success in numerous occupations including medicine, environmental fields, industry, teaching, and law enforcement. The department of chemistry and biochemistry at Millsaps College is accredited through the American Chemical Society to offer the ACS degree certification in chemistry with an organic, biochemistry, or general chemistry track. The ACS certified degree program provides rigorous, in-depth training for majors, better preparing them for graduate studies in chemistry or other advanced fields and verifies that the department of chemistry and biochemistry is staffed by accomplished faculty, supported by a modern infrastructure, and maintains a strong, cohesive curriculum. Faculty provide an exceptional and supportive teaching environment as well as excellent mentoring and advising for all students.
Over the last ten years, 62% of Millsaps graduates obtaining BS degrees in chemistry or biochemistry were accepted into medical, dental, pharmacy, optometry, or physician assistant programs located in Mississippi, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas. Of these medical school students, an impressive 85% were accepted on their first try. A recent contributing factor to the success of Millsaps faculty in educating pre-health undergraduates stems from the $1.4 million grant awarded from the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute to redesign our science curriculum. This new curriculum is aimed at expanding the number of students interested in pre-medical education and deepening scientific training for all students.
Chemistry and biochemistry majors are prepared for graduate school entrance exams and a profession in industry through a rigorous classroom experience that concludes in the senior year with oral and comprehensive exams. Over the past ten years, 15% of the chemistry and biochemistry graduates chose graduate school study, 12% chose teaching careers, research or lab-based fields, or environmental or industry professions. Our graduate school bound students chose a variety of programs including art conservation in New York City, biomedical research in Alabama, and planetary sciences in Scotland.