ACS Approval Program for Bachelor’s Degree Programs

About the ACS Approval Program

ACS promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students through approval of baccalaureate chemistry programs. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.

Benefits of an Approved Program

  • Institutions with an ACS-approved chemistry program attract top high school talent looking for established and rigorous departments.
  • Approved departments are staffed by accomplished faculty, contain a modern and well-maintained infrastructure, and provide a coherent chemistry curriculum.
  • Employers find graduates of approved programs to be better prepared for technical employment.
  • The approval process provides a mechanism for departments to evaluate their program, identify areas of strengths and opportunities for change, and leverage support from their institutions and external agencies.

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Office of Professional Training

Day-to-day operations of CPT and the ACS Approval Program are administered by:

  • Cathy A. Nelson, Assistant Director and Secretary of CPT
  • Darrell A. Alexander, Lead Education Associate/Budget Analyst
  • Giacomo Abrusci, Senior Education Associate
  • Derrick T. Hendricks, Senior Education Associate
  • Houston D. Kimrey, III, Education Associate

Phone: 202-872-4589
Fax: 202-872-6066
Mail: Office of Professional Training
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036