Wells has received New York State approval for two programs in chemistry and in biochemistry & molecular biology leading to Bachelor of Science degrees. The new degree options—built on the current Bachelor of Arts program in each discipline—provide additional choices for students the sciences. While the major requires the same courses for either degree, by allowing electives to differ, students can now complement their major with applied coursework. As a result, an individual student can better tailor their studies to their own future educational and career goals.
"This is good news for us as we continue to develop or adapt our programs based on best practices in education as well as the expectations of both incoming students and potential employers," said Provost and Dean of the College Cindy Speaker. "We want to continue offering an education that is challenging and individualized, as well as practical in ensuring students are prepared for their futures, including the world of work."
Both new degree programs are now available to current and incoming students. Those who are interested are encouraged to contact faculty advisors about what option will suit their academic interests and professional goals.
"We are pleased to be able to offer our students the option of either the B.A. or the B.S. degree," said Professor of Chemistry and chair of the program Chris Bailey. "Although both provide the background necessary to be prepared for a successful career in chemistry, chemists just tend to prefer the B.S. degree. In fact, all of our senior chemistry majors have elected to graduate with the B.S. degree, which confirms for me how popular this addition is going to be."