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UT Chemistry Program Receives Accreditation

Published: June 01, 2010
The University of Tampa recently received accreditation of its undergraduate chemistry program by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

ACS is the world’s largest scientific society and one of the world’s leading sources of authoritative scientific information. The ACS’s Committee on Professional Training reviewed UT’s chemistry program and concluded that it “meets the spirit and intent of the ACS Guidelines for approved schools.”

Tom Jackman, UT associate professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, said the accreditation took more than five years and required significant investments by the University in curricular support and instrumentation support.

“Not all universities receive ACS accreditation of their undergraduate chemistry degrees,” Jackman said. “It is a recognition of the quality of our program.”

According to ACS, approved programs offer their students a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that provides them with the intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to participate effectively as scientific professionals. ACS reviews programs based on their: institutional environment, faculty and staff, infrastructure, curriculum, undergraduate research, development of student skills, program self-evaluation and certification of graduates.

In 2008 UT’s ACS chapter received a commendable award from the ACS for its activities in undergraduate science education and in preparing the next generation of chemical professionals.

The UT Department of Chemistry and Physics offers students a solid foundation in the five major areas of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science degree in forensic science , as well as a Bachelor of Science in chemistry (biochemistry)/MBA joint degree .