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Undergraduate Programs

Degrees

Accreditation: The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Chemistry is the central science, encompassing elements of physics, biology, and mathematics, as well as unique elements of its own. The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department offers four undergraduate degree programs in Chemistry (B.A., B.S.), which are designed to focus on individual student interests. At the master's level, the department offers a Master of Science in Chemistry (M.S.) and a Master of Science in Teaching (M.S.T.). A doctoral degree program in Chemistry (Ph.D.) is also available. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) is a liberal arts degree intended for students planning professional careers in chemistry-related professions. These include health professions (medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy), environmental consulting, technical sales, and secondary school teaching. This degree is often pursued by students studying in related disciplines (e.g., biological sciences, geology, and psychobiology) who wish to obtain a second major or a second degree.

The Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) is designed for students preparing for professional careers as chemists in industry, government, or academic research. Students interested in pursuing advanced graduate studies in chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields should also follow one of the B.S. degree programs. Three B.S. degree programs in Chemistry are offered:

  1. The Comprehensive B.S. Program offers a rigorous program of study in all aspects of inorganic, organic, analytical, biochemical, and physical chemistry.
  2. The ACS-Approved B.S. Program offers similar rigorous training in all aspects of chemistry as the basic track, but includes some additional requirements corresponding with the certification guidelines of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
    An ACS-certified degree can offer advantages in job placement and graduate school admission.
  3. The Biochemistry B.S. Program is designed for students pursuing careers in biochemistry and related disciplines, such as molecular biology, biophysics, and pharmacology. Additionally, premedical students who wish to pursue a research-oriented curriculum might be interested in this program.

Core Curriculum

All Chemistry majors must take a minimum of 16 credits of chemistry at Florida Atlantic University. The following courses are required for all Chemistry majors:

  • Biochemistry 1 BCH 3033 3
  • General Chemistry 1 CHM 2045 3
  • General Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 2045L 1
  • General Chemistry 2 CHM 2046 3
  • General Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 2046L 1
  • Organic Chemistry 1 CHM 2210 3
  • Organic Chemistry 2 CHM 2211 3
  • Organic Chemistry Lab CHM 2211L 2
  • Quantitative Analysis CHM 3120 2
  • Quantitative Analysis Lab CHM 3120L 2
  • General Physics 1 Lab PHY 2048L 1
  • General Physics 2 Lab PHY 2049L 1

Bachelor of Arts with Major in Chemistry

In addition to the core curriculum, the B.A. degree program requires the following courses:

  • Biochemistry Lab BCH 3103L 3
  • Introduction to Physical Chemistry CHM 3400 3
  • Inorganic Chemistry CHM 3609 3
  • Inorganic Chemistry Lab CHM 3609L 1
  • College Algebra MAC 1105 3
  • Methods of Calculus MAC 2233 3
  • College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4
  • College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4

Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry: Comprehensive Program

In addition to the core curriculum, the Comprehensive B.S. degree program requires the following courses:

  • Chemical Literature CHM 3060 1
  • Physical Chemistry 1 CHM 3410 3
  • Physical Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 3410L 2
  • Physical Chemistry 2 CHM 3411 3
  • Physical Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 3411L 2
  • Inorganic Chemistry CHM 3609 3
  • Inorganic Chemistry Lab CHM 3609L 1
  • Bioanalytical Instrumentation CHM 4139 2
  • Bioanalytical Instrumentation Lab CHM 4139L 2
  • Directed Independent Study CHM 4905 3
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
  • General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4
  • General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4

Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry: ACS-Approved Program

The ACS-approved B.S. program requires all courses in the Comprehensive program, plus one of the following courses:

  • Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
  • Environmental Chemistry CHM 3080 3
  • Organic Chemistry 3 CHM 4220 3

Bachelor of Science with Major in Chemistry: Biochemistry Program

In addition to the core curriculum, the B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry) program requires the following courses:

  • Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
  • Biochemistry Lab BCH 3103L 3
  • Advanced Biochemistry BCH 4035 3
  • Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
  • Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
  • Chemical Literature CHM 3060 1
  • Physical Chemistry 1 CHM 3410 3
  • Physical Chemistry 1 Lab CHM 3410L 2
  • Physical Chemistry 2 CHM 3411 3
  • Physical Chemistry 2 Lab CHM 3411L 2
  • Bioanalytical Instrumentation CHM 4139 2
  • Bioanalytical Instrumentation Lab CHM 4139L 2
  • Directed Independent Study CHM 4905 3
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry 1 MAC 2311 4
  • Calculus with Analytic Geometry 2 MAC 2312 4
  • General Physics 1 PHY 2048 4 or
  • College Physics 1 PHY 2053 4
  • General Physics 2 PHY 2049 4 or
  • College Physics 2 PHY 2054 4
  • One of the following:
    • Biochemistry of the Gene BCH 5415 3
    • General Microbiology MCB 3020 3
    • Cell Biology PCB 4023 3

Florida Atlantic University Premedical/Preprofessional Courses for Chemistry Majors

  • Biochemistry 2 BCH 3034 3
  • Biological Principles BSC 1010 3
  • Biological Principles Lab BSC 1010L 1
  • Biodiversity BSC 1011 3
  • Biodiversity Lab BSC 1011L 1
  • General Microbiology MCB 3020 3
  • General Microbiology Lab MCB 3020L 1
  • One of the following:
    • Genetics PCB 3063 4
    • Comparative Vertebrate
    • Morphogenesis ZOO 4690 3

Secondary Education Program

A program leading to teacher certification in chemistry is available. For information, contact the Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education.

Honors Program

FAU recognizes superior academic performance by granting baccalaureate degrees of distinction to undergraduates who have earned at least 45 credits at FAU. The breakdown for Commencement Honors for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science is as follows:

  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.70
  • Cum Laude: 3.50