Welcome to the Department of Physical Sciences

We offer foundational and advanced courses in Chemistry and Physics. Students may obtain one of two undergraduate degrees; the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry or the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with specialization in Biochemistry. In addition, those in other degree programs may earn a Chemistry or Physics minor. Whether you are interested in pursuing a pre-professional program such as pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-pharmacy or pre-veterinary, or preparing to attend graduate school, a degree from our department will set you on the right path. Our students, upon graduating are very successful (over 85%) in gaining admission to a graduate or professional school to further their education. Students also enter the workforce as industrial or analytical chemists in a variety of scientific careers . All students are served very well by the extensive hands-on experience we offer with modern instrumentation and techniques. This experience sets our graduates apart from their colleagues.

Undergraduates in our department enjoy a close relationship with approachable and friendly faculty members; we have a 1:6 faculty-to-student ratio. Students can count on the helpful support of our highly-skilled Lab Director and Laboratory Technician to assist with hands-on training. Our department hosts a number of social gatherings each year, including our end-of-semester parties where we honor outstanding students with departmental scholarships and awards. The numerous ways that students contribute to our department include taking jobs as lab assistants, research assistants or peer tutors. Most students take advantage of the several faculty-mentored research projects and practical experience with state-of the art instrumentation that our department offers, which sets it apart from most undergraduate science programs. It is this personal attention and mentoring that provides for a transformative educational experience. Many students begin guided research directly under a faculty mentor during their sophomore or junior years, and are encouraged to continue with the research project throughout their undergraduate education. During this process, there are opportunities to travel and present research at local and national conferences, or at Barry’s S.T.E.M. Symposium. Undergraduates also often become published authors in scientific journals. Some students apply for Summer Research Opportunities - competitive, fully funded positions in a variety of universities and government labs across the world.

Faculty and students of the Department of Physical Sciences are widely involved in community projects via several volunteering, experiential learning and outreach activities. We encourage our students to learn not only in classrooms and laboratories, but in real-life interactions with members of the public, and to give back to the surrounding community by sharing their knowledge and love of science with others. Activities such as our Chemistry and Physics Tournament for high school students, Chemistry Club demonstrations at local elementary schools, and participation in the C.O.A.C.H. program for hands-on education of under-resourced students are just some of the ways undergraduates in our department can become involved with the community.

All these things make Barry University Department of Physical Sciences a unique and valuable educational and personal growth experience. We look forward to welcoming you as a new student and guiding you to reach your personal educational and professional goals. If you would like additional information about the program or the university, please contact our Recruitment and Admissions. They can provide you with up to date admissions guidelines. If there are any questions about our program that are not answered on our website, use our Ask a Question form and we will try our best to answer.

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