Although the department prefers to have its majors do all their degree work at BMC, you can complete the major and do JYA. This requires careful planning to ensure you can meet all graduation requirements, so you should consult the major adviser as early as possible (no later than fall of the sophomore year). The principal difficulty with JYA for chemistry majors is that chemistry curricula are not uniform from department to department. Thus, students who choose JYA may be sacrificing a coherent major program, no matter how excellent the JYA institution might be. Another concern is that students who are away during the junior year often do not make strong connections with the department and, as a result, research opportunities may suffer.