B.A in Chemistry

This program is designed for students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, environmental studies, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, patent law, forensic science, or secondary science education.†

The BA - Chemistry program is organized into four alternative areas of concentration. Students may choose to follow the Standard BA-Chemistry Concentration or - in consultation with an advisor - choose a specific area of emphasis: the Biochemistry Concentration, the Environmental Chemistry Concentration, or the Forensic Chemistry Concentration. Each of the four options is described below.

Students interested in secondary teacher certification should contact the College of Arts and Sciences 305-348-2978.

Degree Program Hours: 120

Lower Division Preparation for All Areas of Concentration

Course Description Hours
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 1045L General Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab 1
CHM 2210 CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHM 2210L CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CHM 2211 CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2211L CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus I* 4
PHY 2048L Physics with Calculus I Lab 1
PHY 2049 PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus II* 4
PHY 2049L PHY 2049L Physics with Calculus II Lab 1
MAC 2311 Calculus I 4
MAC 2312 Calculus II 4

Note* For the Bachelor of Arts degree, PHY 2053 and PHY 2054 may be substituted for PHY 2048 and PHY 2049.

Other Lower Division Courses Required for the Degree

Course Description Hours
BSC 1010 General Biology I 3
BSC 1010L General Biology I Lab 1

Students admitted to the university are admitted directly to their chosen major. Students are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. Advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met.

** Upper Division Program: (60 total hours, 48 hours must be 3000 level and above)

Upper Division Courses Required for All Concentrations

Course Description Hours
CHM 3120 Intro to Analytical Chemistry 3
CHM 3120L Intro to Analytical Chem Lab 1
CHM 3400 Fundamentals of Physical Chem 3
CHM 3400L Fundamentals of Phys Chem Lab 1
CHM 4304 Biological Chemistry 3
CHM 4304L Biological Chemistry Lab 1
CHM 4930 Senior Seminar Senior Seminar 1

Students are required to take a nationally-normed chemistry examination in their last semester before graduation.

Specific Courses by Concentration

Standard BA-Chemistry Concentration

  1. Choose from List 1 (Cognate Area Courses): Any one course.
    • Premed students should choose BSC1011/1011L.
  2. Choose from List 2 (Restricted Electives): Any two courses, one of which must include its corresponding lab.
  3. One senior level chemistry elective (CHM4XXX/CHM5XXX)
    • CHM4910L or CHM4911L may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Biochemistry Concentration

This concentration is intended for students who desire a comprehensive background in chemistry but with emphasis in biological chemistry. The curriculum is designed to contain all of the courses necessary for entry into medical and dental school.

  1. Choose from List 1 (Cognate Area Courses)
    • BSC 1011/BSC1011L
  2. Choose from List 2 (Restricted Electives)
    • CHM4300 & CHM4230L or CHM4307& CHM4307L and one other lecture course
  3. One senior level chemistry elective (CHM4XXX/CHM5XXX) which is biomedically related.
    • CHM4910L or CHM4911L may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Environmental Chemistry Concentration

This concentration is intended for students who desire a comprehensive background in chemistry but with an interest in applying their expertise in chemistry to environmentally-related careers and issues.

  1. Choose from List 1 (Cognate Area Courses)
    • An environmentally-related course.
  2. Choose from List 2 (Restricted Electives)

CHM4130/4130L and one other lecture course.

  1. One senior level chemistry elective (CHM4XXX/CHM5XXX) which is environmentally-related.
    • CHM4910L or CHM4911L may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Note: To earn a Certificate in Environmental Studies (offered by the Department of Environmental Studies), satisfy the College's requirement of 9 credits outside the major by taking the appropriate environmental studies courses.

Forensic Chemistry Concentration

This concentration is intended for students who desire a comprehensive background in chemistry but with an interest in applying their expertise in chemistry to a career in forensic science or criminalistics.

  1. Choose from List 1 (Cognate Area Courses)
    • CCJ 3024
  2. Choose from List 2 (Restricted Electives)
    • CHM4130/4130L and one other lecture course.
  3. One senior level chemistry elective (CHM4XXX/CHM5XXX or CHS4XXX/CHS5XXX) with forensic emphasis.
    • CHM4910L or CHM4911L may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
  4. For a Forensic Science Certificate, CHS4591 (Forensic Internship) is also required.

List 1 – Cognate Area Courses

Course Description Hours
BSC1011/1011L General Biology II 4
CCJ 3024 Overview of Criminal Justice 3
EVR 3011 Environmental Resources 3
EVR 3013/3013L Ecology of South Florida 4
EVR 4211/4211L Water Resources 4
EVR 4312 Energy Resources 3
EVR 4321 Air Resources 3
EVR 4592/4592L Soils & Ecosystems 4
GLY 3202/3202L Earth Materials 5
GLY 4822 Introduction to Hydrogeology 3
OCE 3014 Oceanography 3

List 2 – Restricted Electives

Course Description Hours
CHM 4220 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3
CHM 4300 Bio Organic Chemistry 3
CHM 4307 Biological Chemistry II 3
CHM 4307 Biological Chemistry II 3
CHM 3610 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHM 3411* Physical Chemistry II 3
CHM 4130 Instrumental Analysis 1
CHM 4230L Structure Determination Lab 1
CHM 4130L Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
CHM 4370L Biological Chemistry Lab II 1
CHM 4610L Advanced Inorganic Chem Lab 1
CHM 3411L Physical Chemistry Lab II 2

Note* CHM3410 is a prerequisite for CHM3411

Pre-Medical, Dentistry, Veterinary, Optometry, Pharmacy Curricula

Students who have satisfied the requirements for either the BA or the BS degree in chemistry will also have satisfied the course requirements for admission to professional schools in the above areas. The BA-Chemistry degree (Biochemistry Concentration) includes additional course work relevant to the career objectives of the student. Interested students should consult the Pre-medical advisor, Dr. Landrum at 305-348-3091.