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Chemistry Major - Curriculum & Duration

As a chemistry major, you will spend your first two years taking foundation courses in the basics of chemistry and organic chemistry, along with biology, mathematics and physics. In your final two years, you’ll take a combination of required and advanced elective courses, enabling you to focus your training in an area of chemistry of particular interest, and have the opportunity to engage in independent research under the guidance of a faculty member.

In addition, you will complete the General Education Curriculum, a collection of interdisciplinary, humanities and social sciences courses that enhance critical writing and speaking skills and add breadth to your educational experience.

The following is a typical curriculum for chemistry students entering University of the Sciences in Fall 2020; other students should refer to their academic advisor for their curricula.

First Year

Introductory Biology I
Introductory Biology I Lab
Principles of Chemistry I, II
Principles of Chemistry Lab I, II
Orientation for the Chemical Sciences
Precalculus, Calculus I
Writing and Rhetoric I, II
Physical Education I, II
General Education Humanities or Social Science Requirement

Second Year

Principles of Organic Chemistry I, II
Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab I, II
Literature of Chemistry
Basic Inorganic Chemistry
Calculus II, III
Physics I, II
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement

Third Year

Discussions in Chemistry
Physical Chemistry I, II
Molecular Structures in Biochemistry
Principles of Analytical Chemistry
Analytical and Physical Methods Lab I, II
Instrumental Analysis
Public Speaking
General Education Humanities or Social Sciences Requirement
Multidisciplinary Inquiry Requirement

Fourth Year

Seminar in Chemistry I, II
Physical Chemistry Lab I
Inorganic Chemistry
Inorganic and Materials Synthesis
Chemistry Program Electives including Research
Free Electives
General Education Humanities and Social Science Requirements

Learning Outcomes

Each program at USciences has developed student learning goals. Graduates of the pharmaceutical chemistry program will achieve these learning outcomes.


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