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Programs Offered

Biochemistry Major, B.A.

The biochemistry major is a broadly based program built upon a foundation of chemistry and biology strengthened by study of physics and mathematics. Central to this coursework is experience with modern instrumentation and techniques. This major, combined with Hood’s Core Curriculum, provides students with the educational background that will allow them to pursue post-baccalaureate studies in chemistry, biology, biochemistry or the health professions. It also prepares them for employment in a wide variety of careers ranging from biotechnology to business. Most students take advantage of internship opportunities available at many biomedical and biotechnology laboratories in the Frederick-Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area.

Chemistry Major, B.A.

The chemistry major combines study in the discipline with a broadly based liberal arts education. Students gain valuable experience with modern instrumentation and the methods of scientific investigation through their coursework. The department focuses specifically on providing extensive laboratory experience to all students, to complement a thorough grounding in chemical theory. Class projects and presentations develop the students’ ability to speak clearly and write cogently on scientific topics. Advanced students are encouraged to conduct independent projects and to participate in the wide variety of internship positions available at professional laboratories in Frederick and in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., technology corridors.

Environmental Science and Policy Major, B.A.

Students in this program complete a common core of courses in environmental studies, the natural sciences, the social sciences and mathematics. These courses also fulfill the Hood College Core Curriculum requirements for a foundations course in mathematics/computation; for the scientific thought courses in the Methods of Inquiry section; and for a course in social and behavioral analysis in the Methods of Inquiry section.

Chemistry Minor

The minor in chemistry provides a broad introduction to the field by combining a core of chemistry courses with additional study in electives of the student’s choice. A total of 24 credits in chemistry are required.

Environmental Studies Minor

The minor in environmental studies provides students with the intellectual tools necessary to analyze a broad array of complex environmental problems. It is an interdisciplinary minor offered jointly by the departments of biology and political science.

Physics Minor

The minor in physics offers a coherent introduction to the topics of physics. Selection of the physics minor should benefit the following: