ACS Approval Program

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 2023


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 can be found on the data page.  Additional data including demographics of 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 cpt@acs.org. Please note that we are only able to provide aggregate data.


Office of Higher Education Team

Day-to-day operations the ACS Approval Program and Office of Higher Education are administered by:

  • Michelle M. Brooks, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Office of Higher Education
  • Jason Gavenonis, Ph.D., Program Manager, Faculty Professional Development
  • Wasiu Lawal, Ph.D., Program Manager, ACS Recognition Program
  • Darrell A. Alexander, Program Specialist/Budget Analyst
  • Anna Peterson, Program Specialist
  • Nick Jenkins, Data Analyst

Resources for Faculty

ACS Guidelines for Bachelor's Degree Programs

2023 ACS Guidelines for Bachelor's Degree Programs

The 2023 Guidelines for Bachelors Degree Programs were approved by CPT in January 2023.  These guidelines will be used for program review starting in 2023.   

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.

Youtube ID: TJYhU_UMkxU


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Contact the ACS Approval Program
cpt@acs.org

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