Major

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
  • CH 122
  • CH 212
  • CH 221
  • CH 222
  • CH 321
  • CH 326
  • one upper-level chemistry elective from CH 315, CH 322, CH 422, and CH 424

B.S. Degree Chemistry Program Courses:

  • CH 121N
  • CH122
  • CH 212
  • CH 221
  • CH 222
  • CH 321
  • CH 322
  • CH 326
  • CH 424
  • and one upper-level chemistry elective, either CH 315 or CH 422

B.S. Degree (ACS certified) Chemistry Program Courses:

  • CH 121N
  • CH 122
  • CH 212
  • CH 221
  • CH 222
  • CH 315
  • CH 321
  • CH 322
  • CH 326
  • CH 424
  • CH 429 or CH 499
  • and one upper-level chemistry elective, either CH 417 or CH 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 grade of C- or better in any five of chemistry courses with an experiential laboratory component:

    • 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 Investigative
    • CH 326 Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 417 Biochemistry II Investigative
    • CH 424 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


    Minor

    Students may obtain a minor in chemistry by earning a grade of C- or better in any five of chemistry courses with an experiential laboratory component:

    • 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 Investigative
    • CH 326 Instrumental Analysis
    • CH 417 Biochemistry II Investigative
    • CH 424 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry


    Schedules for Chemistry Degrees

    Eckerd College has one Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and two Bachelor of Science (B.S.) chemistry programs, including one certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The main differences in the requirements for these programs are as follows:

    B.A. Degree

    11 core courses + 1 advanced chemistry elective

    B.S., Uncertified Degree

    13 core courses + 1 advanced chemistry elective

    B.S., Certified Degree

    13 core courses + 2 advanced chemistry electives + a chemistry research project

    The schedules below are for students wanting either a certified or uncertified chemistry degree. In the second schedule, asterisks indicate courses required specifically for ACS certification.

    Specific courses required for all chemistry majors can be found on these Web pages.

    Degree First Year Second Year Third Year Fourth Year
    B.A. Degree

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    General Chemistry I

    General Chemistry II

    Calculus I

    Calculus II

    Organic Chemistry I

    Organic Chemistry II

    Physics I

    Physics II

    Physical Chemistry I

    Analytical Chemistry

    Instrumental Analysis

    Adv. Chemistry Elective
    B.S. Degrees

    * = required for
    ACS certification

    General Chemistry I

    General Chemistry II

    Calculus I

    Calculus II

    Organic Chemistry I

    Organic Chemistry II

    Physics I

    Physics II

    Physical Chemistry I

    Physical Chemistry II

    Analytical Chemistry

    Instrumental Analysis

    Adv. Inorganic Chemistry

    Adv. Chemistry Elective

    Adv. Chemistry Elective*

    Research Project