The Department of Chemistry and Physics offers three degree programs: Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BChE) as a 3 + 2 dual program in conjunction with North Carolina State University. As a central discipline, chemistry is critical for solving the world's most important problems and making significant positive impacts on human life. The BS degree prepares students intending to pursue a graduate degree or a career in chemistry as a professional chemist. The BA degree provides a broad chemistry-based background in preparation for a chemistry-related career, for professional training in many fields including, but not limited to, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, and for secondary school science teaching. The BChE degree will prepare students to work in a wide range of industries to solve technical problems, create and improve products, or for graduate study in the medical sciences, materials science, or patent and environmental law. The minors in chemistry, physics, and materials science are designed for students who would like additional coursework in chemistry, physics, and materials science. Other course offerings by the department include comprehensive courses in physics, physical science, astronomy, geology, and engineering, which prepare students for further studies in physics, engineering, and other related fields. The department also offers courses as a service to other disciplines as an integral part of the university's core education requirements.