Chemistry/Biochemistry Major with Pre-Med/Pre-Dent/Pre-Vet Option, Bachelor of Science (BS)
This course of study is recommended for students planning a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine. The option also satisfies requirements for graduate study in related fields of chemical and biological integration, e.g., medicinal chemistry, pharmacology, etc. With respect to medical/dental/veterinary school, coursework outlined for the initial three years is specifically designed to meet basic entrance requirements as well as provide optimum preparation for pre-entrance aptitude examinations (MCAT or DAT or GRE). Additional information can be found under Pre-professional Programs.
- the following should be completed prior to, or concurrent with, taking the MCAT Exam: CHEM 151, CHEM 152, CHEM 153, CHEM 304, CHEM 351, CHEM 352, CHEM 353, CHEM 372, CHEM 373, CHEM 480, CHEM 481; BIOL 171, BIOL 172, BIOL 173, BIOL 301, BIOL 310, BIOL 490; MATH 161, MATH 162; and PHYS 151, PHYS 152, PHYS 153, PHYS 161, PHYS 162, PHYS 163.
- CHEM majors completing BIOL 490 do not need to take CHEM 491 for graduation.
- the above option will require more than 12 terms (or 4 years) to complete at an average of 15 credits per term.
- a computer programming course is strongly recommended–see your chemistry/biochemistry advisor.
Grade Requirements: due to the cumulative nature of chemistry courses, the department strongly recommends that students receive a grade ≥C in all prerequisite chemistry courses.
|BIOL 371||PRE-MEDICAL, DENTAL, VETERINARY AND PHARMACY PREPARATION||1|
|CHEM 151||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 152||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 153||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 304||QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS||6|
|CHEM 351||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 352||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 353||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||3|
|CHEM 371||PRE-MEDICAL, DENTAL, VETERINARY AND PHARMACY PREPARATION||1-2|
|CHEM 372||ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY I||3|
|CHEM 373||ORGANIC CHEM LABORATORY II||3|
|CHEM 421||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 422||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY||3|
|CHEM 431||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY||1|
|CHEM 432||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY||2|
|CHEM 481||INTERMEDIARY METABOLISM||5|
|CHEM 482||INTEGRATED TOPICS IN BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS||3|
|CHEM 483||BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY 1||2|
|Required Supporting Courses–the following should be completed prior to or concurrent with taking the MCAT Exam.|
|BIOL 171||BIOLOGY I||5|
|BIOL 172||BIOLOGY II||5|
|BIOL 173||BIOLOGY III||5|
|BIOL 270||BIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION||3|
|BIOL 310||FUNDAMENTALS OF GENETICS||5|
|BIOL 438||MOLECULAR BIOLOGY||5|
|BIOL 490||SENIOR CAPSTONE (CHEM majors completing BIOL 490 do not need to take CHEM 491 or CHEM 490 for graduation.)||5|
|MATH 161||CALCULUS I||5|
|MATH 162||CALCULUS II||5|
|MATH 163||CALCULUS III||5|
|PHYS 151||GENERAL PHYSICS I||4|
|PHYS 152||GENERAL PHYSICS II||4|
|PHYS 153||GENERAL PHYSICS III||4|
|PHYS 161||MECHANICS LABORATORY||1|
|PHYS 162||HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY||1|
|PHYS 163||ELECTRONICS LAB I||1|
|Suggested Supporting Courses|
|INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION|
All admitted students must officially Declare a Major by the time they reach 90 credits (junior standing).
Application for Graduation must be made at least two terms in advance of the term you expect to graduate (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate).
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- demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of major concepts in the areas of inorganic, organic, analytical and physical chemistry;
- demonstrate a capacity to use modern instrumentation and classical techniques for the analysis and/or separation of chemicals and an ability to interpret data;
- demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and critical thinking skills as related to the field of chemistry;
- demonstrate knowledge of safe practices in the handling, usage and disposal of chemicals;
- demonstrate sufficient preparation in chemistry to successfully compete in a graduate or professional program or to realize employment in a chemistry- or biochemistry-related career.