Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 18:45:05 -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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Hi Stacy - Accreditation is granted by the ACS and the process is very 
rigorous.  The requirements are very stringent in what the department 
has to provide in the way of Infrastructure, faculty and curriculum 
(including safety).  In our department, we have 8 concentration degrees, 
one of which is the "certified chemist".  The curriculum is based on 
"foundation courses" and "In depth courses" along with 400 hrs of lab 
work, a research project, presentation, and paper.

Anyway, if you have not yet been directed there yet, you need to look at 
the Committee on Professional Training  (CPT) booklet on the new 
I would be happy to send you a powerpoint presentation that my colleague 
and I presented to the Minister of Higher Education in Kurdistan, Iraq 
in 2009 on what is required for ACS accreditation.  Email me directly at 


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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