Academics: Majors and Programs

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About Chemistry and Biochemistry


The Department of Chemistry was reestablished as an independent department in 1977. Previously, Spelman students who majored in chemistry completed most of their chemistry courses through cooperative arrangements with Morehouse College.

Due to the rapid increase of Spelman students majoring in the natural sciences during the seventies, Spelman's chemistry department began offering the first two years of the chemistry curriculum on campus in 1977, and upper division courses were either completed at Morehouse College or at the other colleges in the Atlanta University Center consortium. Since that time, the number of biochemistry, chemistry, and dual-degree chemical engineering majors has increased from 24 in 1977 to 120 in 1993, representing an increase from 1.9 percent to over 6 percent of the college enrollment.

As of the 1990-91 academic year, Spelman students were able to complete all of the basic chemistry area courses and many of the chemistry electives on campus. Spelman enrolls more chemistry majors than many comparable liberal arts colleges and major research universities throughout the United States.