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The capabilities and skills that chemistry majors are expected to obtain include knowledge of chemical synthesis, analysis, and theory. In addition, students acquire competence in laboratory techniques, the use of chemical instrumentation, computers, written and oral communication, and the ability to use the chemical literature.

Programs of study leading to B.A., B.S. and B.S. (ACS certified) degrees are available. The descriptions below summarize degree requirements.

  • B.A. Degree Chemistry Program Courses: CH121N, 122, 212, 221, 222, 321, 326, and one upper-level chemistry elective from 322, 415, 422, and 424.

  • B.S. Degree Chemistry Program Courses: CH 121N, 122, 212, 221, 222, 321, 322, 326, 424, and one upper-level chemistry elective, either 415 or 422.

  • B.S. Degree (ACS certified) Chemistry Program Courses:CH 121N, 122, 212, 221, 222, 321, 322, 326, 415, 424, 429 or 499 and one upper-level chemistry elective, either 417 or 422. The certification for this degree program is through the American Chemical Society.

All chemistry majors must enroll in the chemistry seminar course (CH 410) for four semesters during their junior and senior years. Moreover, all chemistry and biochemistry degrees require two semesters of college-level calculus (MA 131M and MA 132M) and two semesters of college-level physics (PH 241N and PH 242).

Additionally, students must satisfy the collegium requirement of 12 courses for the B.A. degree and 16 courses for any of the B.S. degrees. Finally, students must maintain a C average or better in courses within the chemistry discipline and the required supporting courses listed above.

Students may obtain a minor in chemistry by earning a C- or better in any five of the following:

  • CH 121N General Chemistry I
  • CH 122 General Chemistry II
  • CH 212 Analytical Chemistry
  • CH 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 222 Organic Chemistry II
  • CH 321 Physical Chemistry I
  • CH 322/324 Physical Chemistry II
  • CH 326 Instrumental Analysis
  • CH 415 Biochemistry I
  • CH 424 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Chemistry at Eckerd

The Chemistry Department at Eckerd College offers Bachelor's degrees in chemistry, including a chemistry degree certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). We are one of only two Florida colleges where a student can earn an ACS-certified biochemistry degree. Our students have gone on to careers in fields such as forensics, atmospheric chemistry, and pharmaceutical chemistry as well as DNA structural research, cosmetic chemistry, and medicine. We've even graduated a professional baseball player and a college president!

The James Center

Center for Molecular and Life Sciences

Equipped with the latest in eco-conscious innovations, educational technology and scientific instrumentation, the James Center for Molecular and Life Sciences will advance our efforts to prepare tomorrow’s leaders in the sciences, and will quickly become the hub of the Natural Sciences at Eckerd College. Discover the James Center.