Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 16:29:16 -0600
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From: Kadye Hill <kadye.hill**At_Symbol_Here**CATALYSTOILFIELD.COM>
Subject: Re: ACS accreditation of undergraduate programs
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Stacy, I am not quite sure what you mean by the bio portion of the 
degree?  A BS in Biochemistry is very chemistry-focused; with the 
exception of the basic biochemistry course, a biochemistry lab and some 
sort of metabolism course, a biochem major might as well be a chemistry 
major.  Most of the biology comes from the traditional biology minor.  I 
have a BS in Biochemistry and I can say that I was one p-chem course and 
one p-chem lab away from having a chemistry degree.  I have also seen 
many students go to vet school, optometry school, dentistry school, med 
school and PhD programs with chemistry degrees as well as biology 

Kadye Hill
Catalyst Oilfield Services
11999 E Hwy 158
Gardendale TX 79758
432-563-0727 ext 20

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Stacy Bucherl
Sent: Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:35 PM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] ACS accreditation of undergraduate programs

Sorry this is a bit off topic, but a lot of you work in higher education 
I could use your help. 

My daughter's college choice was primarily driven by finding a school 
offered an ACS accredited BS in biochemistry.  At the last moment, she
switched from school A to B (school B offered a full ride). On arrival 
school B, she discovered that their particular ACS biochemistry program 
so rigidly chemistry-focused that it only allows 3 bio classes. After
several discussions with her adviser, she switched to the BA in
biochemistry, which gives her room to study the bio part of the degree.
Daughter is likely going to med school and she wants to do research. 

I talked to ACS to gain an understanding of the accreditation process. 
any of you have experience in developing the ACS accreditation 
for your school? I would like to have a discussion with School B to try 
understand their rationale to minimize bio from the biochem degree, but
don't know where to start.

Advice? Suggestions?


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