BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will retain its American Chemistry Society (ACS) Approved Program for another five years. The department first received this distinction from the ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) in October, 1974.
ACS approved programs require high standards for undergraduate chemistry programs and are assessed every five years. This assessment includes many areas such as faculty expertise and the ability to educate students in required areas, a curriculum that has been updated to prepare students for industrial jobs or graduate school, possessing state-of-the-art instrumentation used for student training and providing rich faculty-mentored student research. ACS approved programs are designed to prepare undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors for a variety of career paths.
Strengths cited by the ACS-CPT that helped BU to retain its ACS approved program in part were its linked student outcomes to self-evaluation activities and the student involvement in summer research through the URSCA (Undergraduate Research Summer and Creative Arts) Program, the PEG (Professional Experience Grant) program and its own Departmental Summer Research program. In all of these research programs, students get paid to do research.
The ACS approval process includes recommendations for universities to address before the next five-year report. In the next five years, BU looks forward to implementing additional support for chemistry instrumentation and incorporating macromolecular, supramolecular, mesoscale and nanoscale systems more thoroughly into its chemistry lecture curriculum.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.