Major in Chemistry

The major in chemistry consists of 55 to 58 hours, including CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L, 222-222L, 311, 312, 380, 401-401L, 402-402L, and 450; seven hours chosen from BCHE 307-307L***, BCHE 308***, CHEM 322-322L, CHEM 332, CHEM 342, CHEM 345, CHEM 352, or CHEM 458; zero to three hours in research** from CHEM 398, 440, 444*, or 448; MATH 201 and 202; and PHYS 1500 and 1510.

Notes: All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60 percent or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.

* CHEM 444 must be a departmentally approved research internship.
** Students enrolling in less than three hours of research (and accumulating less than 58 hours of major requirements) must take CHEM 440.
*** Only one semester of biochemistry may count toward the major.

Major in Chemistry: Pharmacy Concentration (Dual Degree)

Students participating in this program will be expected to complete all Presbyterian College general education requirements. The major in chemistry with pre-pharmacy concentration consists of 82 to 87 hours, including BIOL 105-105L, 112-112L; either BIOL 302 or 303-303L; BIOL 306, 311-311L; CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L, 222-222L, 311, 401-401L; three to five hours chosen from BIOL 234, BIOL 335, BCHE 308, CHEM 312, CHEM 322-322L, CHEM 332, CHEM 342, CHEM 345, CHEM 352, or CHEM 402-402L; ECON 201 or 202; MATH 202; PHYS 1500 and 1510; three or four hours chosen from MATH 210 or STAT 320; three hours chosen from PSYC 201 or SOC 201; and SPCH 201. Students must also complete a capstone experience at the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy to be approved by the Department of Chemistry, as well as the following courses from the Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy: PHRM 5104, PHRM 5105, PHRM 5107, and PHRM 6103.

Notes: All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60 percent or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.

Students entering this program should be aware of stipulations from Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy regarding admission to its program and completion of all prerequisites before admission to that program, i.e., pre-pharmacy course requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the program. After earning a minimum of 106 hours at PC, students enter the pharmacy program at Presbyterian College School of Pharmacy and in two years earn a B.S. in Chemistry with Pre-Pharmacy Concentration.

Major in Biochemistry

Students who major in biochemistry must complete 66 to 70 hours, including BIOL 105-105L, 112-112L, and 234; BCHE 307-307L and 308; CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L, 222-222L, 311, 380, 401-401L, and 450; zero to two hours of BIOL or CHEM 398, 440, 444*, or 448; MATH 201 and 202; PHYS 1500 and 1510; and six to eight hours (two courses, with at least one from BIOL) chosen from BIOL 209, 304, 306, 311-311L, 312, 318, 458; CHEM 312, 332, 342, 345, 352, 402-402L**, or 458.

Notes: All students should take BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 105-105L or its approved equivalent course is required to enroll in BIOL 112-112L. A grade of “C” or higher in BIOL 112-112L or its approved equivalent is required to enroll in any upper division biology course. 

All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60 percent or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102. 

*Internship requires unanimous departmental approval. 

** Students planning to attend graduate school in biochemistry or chemistry should take CHEM 402-402L.

Minor in Chemistry

Students who minor in chemistry must complete 20 hours, including CHEM 101-101L, 102-102L, 221-221L, 222-222L, and a minimum of four semester hours selected from BCHE 307-307L, BCHE 308, CHEM 311, CHEM 322-322L, CHEM 332, CHEM 342, CHEM 345, CHEM 352, or CHEM 401.

Notes: All students must complete the American Chemical Society General Chemistry Exam with a grade of 60 percent or higher to receive credit for Chemistry 102.