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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Arts

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Program Description

The Biochemistry degree track is designed for students interested in going to medical, dental, or pharmacy school. In addition to the general degree requirements, the track requires satisfactory completion of courses in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. This track has fewer required chemistry and math courses and less laboratory time than the B.S. program. These courses provide a broad foundation in the field and permit flexibility for evolving and changing student interests. A broad range of upper-level elective courses exists to expose students to modern fields within the chemical sciences, and to help students broaden their college experience.

Career Opportunities

Students majoring in chemistry may pursue careers as teachers, entry level chemist, and medicine.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the diverse areas of chemistry, both theoretical and practical
  • communicate the rapidly changing field of chemical knowledge effectively
  • estimate and interpret chemical information in the context of the day-to-day events
  • demonstrate skills in quantitative and qualitative problem-solving related to the chemical sciences
  • demonstrate knowledge of chemical instrumentation and its theoretical basis, including the operation of microprocessor controlled instruments
  • integrate the usage of information technology in chemistry
  • think independently and apply chemical knowledge to real-world problems
  • demonstrate knowledge of safety methodologies used in the chemical laboratory
  • enter into employment in the chemical industry or into graduate or professional schools 

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
MATH 1113

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select one of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
Take the following lab science courses:

Take the following course:
MATH 1131

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 45

Select one of the following groups:
GRP1: FREN 1002 and FREN 2001
GRP2: GERM 1002 and GERM 2001
GRP3: JAPN 1002 and JAPN 2001
GRP4: SPAN 1002 and SPAN 2001

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 15
Non-Course Requirements: Select 15 semester hours from the following (at least 6 hours must be chemistry courses)

Non-Course Requirements: Additional courses in astronomy, biology, computer science, geology, mathematics, or engineering as Approved by advisor and department. Extra hour in Math 1131 from Area A or D may apply to Area H. For UTeach Columbus teaching option, see Chemistry and Secondary Education Track

Total Hours Required 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule