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.
The approval process provides a mechanism for departments to:
The ACS Guidelines for Bachelor’s Degree Programs provide approved programs with opportunities to develop chemistry degree tracks that are appropriate to the educational missions of their institutions. These guidelines were approved by CPT in January 2023 and will be used for program review.
There are currently 703 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.
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 email@example.com. Please note that we are only able to provide aggregate data.
Day-to-day operations the ACS Approval Program and Office of Higher Education are administered by:
Teaching Lab Courses : Explore resources from faculty members and departments chairs at ACS-approved institutions.
An Overview of the 2022-23 Revised Guidelines (PDF): BCCE presentation providing an overview of the changes expected for the revised ACS Guidelines.
ACS Approved Institutions-Data (PDF): BCCE presentation discussing data derived from annual and periodic reports as well as from the 2019-2020 Graduate Program Survey.
CPT hosted a live-streamed town hall meeting at the ACS Fall Meeting in Chicago, Illinois in August 2022. CPT chairperson Scott Reid and other members of the committee discussed the proposed changes in the ACS guidelines.
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