ACS Approval Program

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The ACS Approval Program 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.

The ACS Committee on Professional Training (CPT) establishes guidelines and standards for the approval of bachelor’s degree programs in chemistry. Staff in the ACS Approval Program Office are responsible for administering the ACS approval process.

Benefits of an ACS-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 strength and opportunities for change; and
  • Leverage support from their institutions and external agencies.

ACS Approved Programs 2020

There are currently over 690 ACS Approved Programs. Use our interactive tool to find programs by name, highest chemistry degree offered, region or state.

U.S. map showing locations of ACS Approved Programs

Locations of ACS-Approved Programs, 2020

Bachelor's Degrees Earned at Institutions with ACS Approved Programs 

Data gathered from ACS Annual Reports were used to generate the plot below, showing the number of bachelor's degrees conferred at ACS approved institutions over the past 7 years. The data include both chemistry and biochemistry bachelor's degrees, and show a slow rise in the number of graduates from 2012 to 2017, with a slight decline in 2018-19. Please note that these data are self reported by institutions and reported annually to the ACS.

Total Number of Bachelor's Degrees in Chemistry or Biochemistry Conferred at ACS Approved Institutions. 2011-2012: 17,279. 2021-2013: 17,848. 2013-2014: 18,761. 2014-2015: 18,776. 2015-2016: 19,590. 2016-2017: 19,824. 2017-2018: 19,667. 2018-2019: 18,999.

If you are interested in obtaining these data, including data broken down by type of institution, region, or by the number of certified degrees, please contact the ACS Approval Program Office at Please note that we are only able to provide aggregate data.

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Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

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Approval Program Office

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

  • Michelle M. Brooks, Ph.D., Senior Manager
  • Felicia Fullilove, Ph.D., Program Manager
  • Darrell A. Alexander, Program Specialist/Budget Analyst
  • Houston D. Kimrey, III, Program Specialist


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Contact the ACS Approval Program

Phone: 202-872-4589 | Fax: 202-872-6066
Mail: Office of Professional Training
American Chemical Society, 1155 16th St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036