| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Chemistry
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 the MCPHS University. The department has a chapter of the Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Honor Society in chemistry. The department offers opportunities for undergraduate research in organic chemistry, bioanalytical chemistry, nanoscience, and molecular modeling. The Chemistry Department promotes green chemistry in its curriculum and research.Requirements for a Major in Chemistry: 45 creditsCore: 33 credits
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 & MA 201 Calculus I and II, PY 241 & PY 242 Physics I and II.
Requirements for a major in chemistry, concentration in nuclear medicine technology are available on the NMT program page.
Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in BiochemistryAll 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 two of the following:
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 two of the following:
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 two of the following:
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 and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with MCPHS University:All of the courses listed for the chemistry major core, plus:
Requirements for a Major in Chemistry, Concentration in BioinformaticsThe purpose of this interdisciplinary concentration is to prepare students to enter computer-intensive fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, computational chemistry and molecular modeling including genomics and proteomics. With the advent of the Human Genome Project, an explosion of genomics information has occurred, and databases such as GenBank and EMBL have grown at a rate that now requires storage, organizing and indexing of the information. Questions of gene expression have led to computational biology, the process of analyzing genomic sequences and to the field of proteomics, the understanding of protein structure and function. The information obtained by computational biology and computational chemistry is used in the design of new drugs to treat a variety of diseases. Major drug and biotechnology companies are seeking people trained in bioinformatics. In addition to the requirements for the major in chemistry:
One course from:
+requires additional prerequisite courses beyond those required for the major and concentration. 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:
The following two courses must be taken as part of the required 12 credits of 300 and 400-level electives:
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