The Department of Chemistry offers a broad selection of programs for students seeking careers in chemistry and related professions. As you begin your undergraduate studies in chemistry it is important that you understand the requirements of the major "in general" and the specific differences between the chemistry programs.
You will be required to complete a minimum of 120 credits for graduation with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. You must have at least a "C" average in the chemistry core courses required for the major. To stay on track for graduation you should consult regularly with your advisor when developing your individual program plans and selecting courses. It is critical that you realize that many of the required courses for the chemistry major follow a "lock-step" offering. You must finish certain prerequisites in the appropriate semester or you may have to wait out a semester or year before being able to take the upper level course. Some of the upper level courses are only offered one semester per academic year. If you are not on track with the recommended sequence it may mean an additional semester(s) to complete the requirements. Please take advantage of the expertise and experience of your chemistry advisor in selecting appropriate courses.
The broad selection of programs within the chemistry major allow you to choose an academic avenue which best suits your interests and career goals. The core courses you take during your first two years will be quite similar for all the chemistry programs but you should be considering which track/program you wish to follow as you progress in the major. The Department of Chemistry has six designated programs: chemistry ACS-certified chemistry biochemistry pre-engineering chemistry/teacher certification and chemistry for health-related professionals. The basic differences in these programs and why you might choose a particular program will be reviewed. For a more detailed look at the curriculum and requirements for each program please consult the SU Undergraduate Catalogue or meet with your chemistry advisor.
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