Our chemistry and biochemistry curricula prepares students to be well-qualified to enter related vocations, graduate school programs, or professional schools.
Major in Chemistry
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry
A candidate for a Bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry must, in addition to the General College Curriculum, complete with a “C” average or better at least 34 hours of chemistry courses, including: CHEM 111, 113, 215, 227, 228, 331, 334, 451, and 452 (plus a minimum of 4 hours CHEM electives 300 level or higher). Statistics (MATH 160), one year of calculus (MATH 122, 223), and one year of calculus-based physics (PHYS 251, 252) are required of all chemistry majors.
Candidates who are considering graduate studies are recommended to take an additional year of math (MATH 224, 337) and CHEM 430 as an elective.
Chemistry majors are also encouraged to select a minor complementary to the field in which they wish to work (e.g. biology, math/IT, business, or Communication Studies.) Courses numbered above 300 may be offered only in alternate years. CHEM 430 (Biochemistry) is cross-listed with BIOL 430 and is taught in the biology department.
Major in Biochemistry
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biochemistry is co-administered with the Department of Biological Sciences.
A candidate for the Bachelor’s degree with a major in biochemistry must satisfactorily complete the following courses in biology and chemistry:
- Biology requirements include: BIOL 111, 201, 342, 430 and 508 for a total of twenty semester hours.
- Chemistry requirements include: CHEM 111, 113, 215, 227, 228, 334, and 432 for a total of twenty-eight semester hours.
In addition, students are required to take one science seminar course (e.g. BIOL 451, CHEM 451, or CHEM 452) and 9 credit hours of electives selected from the following list: BIOL 205, BIOL 315, BIOL 334, BIOL 335, BIOL 350, BIOL 441, BIOL 465, CHEM 220, CHEM 331, CHEM 441, CHEM 442, CHEM 445, CHEM 446, PHYS 341, PHYS 342. Research (BIOL 441, CHEM 445, and CHEM 446) cannot be taken for more than 4 of the 9 credits of biochemistry electives. Two semesters of calculus (MATH 122, 223), statistics (MATH 160) and one year of calculus-based physics (PHYS 251, 252) are required of a biochemistry major.
Candidates who are considering graduate studies are recommended to take an additional year of calculus and an additional 300 or 400 level BIOL or CHEM course as electives.
Minors in General Science
The General Sciences Minor is co-administered with the Department of Biological Sciences.
Students wishing to obtain the General Science Minor must complete a total of 32 hours of laboratory science courses in the fields of physics, chemistry, and biology including:
- Physics: 8 hours as defined below: PHYS 221 and 222; or PHYS 251 and 252; and
- Chemistry: 16 hours as defined below: CHEM 111, 113, 227; and one of the following CHEM 215 or 228; and
- Biological Sciences: 8 hours as defined below: BIOL 111 and one of the following: BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 203, BIOL/ENVS 204, BIOL 220, BIOL 221, BIOL 223, BIOL/ENVS 224, BIOL/ENVS 226, or BIOL/ENVS 241.
There are no official internships, but students have the opportunity to find internships on their own. This ensures the student a chance to find an internship that fits their specific interest, area of study, and career goals.
If you would like to know more about Chemistry or Biochemistry as a major, contact:
Dr. Lin Coker III
Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics