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To earn the major in chemistry a student will complete one of the three concentrations below while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 within the major. Students double-majoring in chemistry and another science major such as biology or physics should consult with the Chemistry Department chair for specific requirements since some courses taken in one major program may satisfy requirements in the other major. Students completing the chemistry major are waived from the NSM 202 core course requirement.
Requirements for the professional concentration include:
Chemistry is a popular choice of major for students entering medicine or other health professions. Focusing study on the subdiscipline of biochemistry can be very helpful in understanding the molecular basis of areas such as drug action and disease mechanism, and would be recommended for a student interested in this level of detail. Chemistry is a math-intensive and exacting science appropriate for students pursuing premedical, predental and prepharmacy interests.
Students interested in a career in health professions should complete the requirements for either the professional or biochemistry concentration above plus declare a health professions concentration. Specific requirements for different health professions tracks are listed under the Health Professions Program in the catalog. Biochemistry may be substituted for Inorganic Chemistry. Contact Prof. Irv Levy, Chemistry Department or Dr. Craig Story, Director of Health Professions, for additional information.
Chemistry with Middle School or Secondary Education Double Major
Students pursuing licensure in middle school or secondary education and chemistry will substitute CHE 341 - Biochemistry for CHE 411 - Inorganic Chemistry, and may use specific education courses (12 credits) to satisfy the requirement of eight credits of chemistry electives for the professional concentration. See Chemistry and Education Department chairs for other required courses.