Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:55:33 -0500
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From: "Samuella B. Sigmann" <sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU>
Subject: Re: ACS accreditation of undergraduate programs
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Stacy - I forgot one thing else that I was going to say.  Unless I am 
very confused, there is no ACS certified BIOchemistry degree.  One would 
choose a biochemistry concentration OR a certified chemist concentration 
and both would have a chemistry degree from an ACS accredited chemistry 
department, but only the one would have the "certified chemist" 
accreditation.  That is confirmed by the chair of the department.   Some 
schools have a separate biochemistry department and then, I guess you 
have a biochemistry degree.  Those are typically large research 


On 1/4/2011 2:34 PM, Stacy Bucherl wrote:
> Sorry this is a bit off topic, but a lot of you work in higher education and
> I could use your help.
> My daughter's college choice was primarily driven by finding a school that
> 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 at
> school B, she discovered that their particular ACS biochemistry program is
> 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. So...
> I talked to ACS to gain an understanding of the accreditation process. Do
> any of you have experience in developing the ACS accreditation curriculum
> for your school? I would like to have a discussion with School B to try to
> understand their rationale to minimize bio from the biochem degree, but
> don't know where to start.
> Advice? Suggestions?
> Stacy

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