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    The chemistry program provides education and training in chemistry to students who wish to pursue careers in chemistry, biotechnology, medicine, dentistry, allied health fields, science teaching, environmental science, materials science and engineering. Chemistry is considered the central science because it is required for full understanding of many other sciences as well as medicine. The Chemistry Department offers courses for general education as well as for majors in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, and nursing. Besides the chemistry major and minor programs, the department also offers concentrations in nuclear medicine technology, biochemistry, green chemistry and environmental chemistry, materials science and inorganic chemistry, and bioinformatics.

    Majors in chemistry may also be eligible for a Pre-Medical Advisory Program or Accelerated Pharmacy Program with MCPHS University.

    The department has a chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society in chemistry, and offers opportunities for undergraduate research in organic chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, nanoscience, and molecular modeling. The department promotes green chemistry in its curriculum and research.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry: 45 credits
    Core: 33 credits

    • CH 120 & CH 121 General Chemistry I and II
    • CH 201 & CH 202 Organic Chemistry I and II (Lectures)
    • CH 203 & CH 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
    • CH 301 & CH 302 Physical Chemistry I and II (Lectures)
    • CH 303 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
    • CH 210 Chemical Analysis: An Introduction to Modern Methods
    • CH 475 Chemistry Seminar

    Plus a minimum of 12 credits at the 300 level or above, at least one of which must be a lab course. Internships and independent study may contribute no more than 3 credits toward this requirement.

    In addition, majors are expected to complete the following ancillary courses: MA 200 and MA 201 Calculus I and II, PY 241 and PY 242 Physics I and II.

    Students must earn a C- or higher in all prerequisite courses in order to register for a chemistry or ancillary course. 

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology
    Visit the nuclear medicine technology program web page for the requirements.
     
    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Biochemistry

    All of the courses listed above as required for the major in chemistry plus both CH 410 Biochemistry I and CH 350 Medicinal Chemistry and any 2 of the following:

    • CH 330 Environmental Toxicology
    • CH 355 Molecular Pharmacology
    • CH 411 Biochemistry II
    • BI 371 Molecular Biology
    • CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (in appropriate topic for concentration)

    Three credits of CH 480 (Chemistry Internship) or CH 490 (Independent Study) in an appropriate topic for the concentration may be substituted for one of the electives with departmental approval.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Green Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry

    All of the courses listed above as required for the major in chemistry plus both CH 320 Environmental Chemistry and CH 335 Green Chemistry and any 2 of the following:

    • CH 330 Environmental Toxicology
    • CH 336 Environmental and Chemistry Lab
    • CH 410 Biochemistry I
    • CH 470 Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (in appropriate topic for concentration)

    Three credits of CH 480 (Chemistry Internship) or CH 490 (Independent Study) in an appropriate topic for the concentration may be substituted for one of the electives with departmental approval.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Materials Science and Inorganic Chemistry
    All of the courses listed above as required for the major in chemistry plus both CH 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and CH 360 Introduction to Materials Science and any 2 of the following:

    • CH 304 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
    • PY 310 Modern Physics
    • CH 470 Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 495 Fundamentals of Chemical Research (in appropriate topic for concentration)

    Three credits of CH 480 (Chemistry Internship) or CH 490 (Independent Study) in an appropriate topic for the concentration may be substituted for 1 of the electives with departmental approval.

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with MCPHS University
    Visit the Health Professions Advisory Programs web page for the full course of study and other information.

    All of the courses listed for the chemistry major core, plus:

    • BI 140 Introduction to Organismal Biology
    • BI 141 Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
    • PY 241 Physics I
    • MA 200 Calculus
    • MA 201 Calculus II
    • BI 204 Microbiology
    • PY 242 Physics II

    Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in Bioinformatics
    Visit the bioinformatics program web page for course of study information.

    Chemistry Honors Program

    The Chemistry Honors Program is an upper-level program designed to challenge students majoring in chemistry to excel in their course work, to encourage them to extend their program beyond the basic requirements of the major, and to reward and recognize them for so doing. Students are required to have a 3.5 GPA in chemistry and ancillary courses and a 3.2 GPA overall.
     
    Students would need to complete the following courses in chemistry:

    • CH 120 and CH 121 General Chemistry I and II
    • CH 201 and CH 202 Organic Chemistry I and II (Lectures)
    • CH 203 and CH 204 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I and II
    • CH 210 Chemical Analysis: An Introduction to Modern Methods
    • CH 301 and CH 302 Physical Chemistry I and II (Lectures)
    • CH 303 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
    • CH 475 Chemistry Seminar

    The following 2 courses must be taken as part of the required 12 credits of 300- and 400-level electives:

    • CH 340 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    • CH 410 Biochemistry I

    Students would need to complete at least 6 semester hours of research under CH 490 (Independent Study) leading to the writing of a thesis.

    In addition, students would be expected to complete the ancillary requirements for the chemistry major in calculus and physics.
     
    Requirements for a Minor in Chemistry: 18 credits

    • CH 120 and CH 121 General Chemistry I and II
    • Ten (10) additional credits in 200- or higher level chemistry courses
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