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 2022

Data from Institutions with ACS Approved Programs 

Data gathered from ACS Periodic and Annual Reports are used to explore the current educational landscape of undergraduate chemistry programs in the United States.  Data, including, but not limited to, the number of bachelor's degree recipients from 2010-present, demographics for bachelor's degree recipients, graduate students, and faculty, faculty salaries, and data from the recent (2020) graduate program survey can be found here.

If you are interested in obtaining data from approved programs, 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.

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-Cashwell, Ph.D., Program Manager, Approval Program
  • Jason Gavenonis, Ph.D., Program Manager, Faculty Professional Development
  • Darrell A. Alexander, Program Specialist/Budget Analyst

Join our team!  There are two positions available:
Program Manager for International Recognition Program
Program Specialist for Higher Education


Resources for Faculty

Applications for the Mini-grant program are no longer being accepted.

44 programs were funded for the 2021-22 academic year.

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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