The B.A. in Chemistry provides students with the opportunity to study matter, the physical material of the universe, and apply chemistry to enhance the quality of life. The program provides opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on activities. Graduates will be prepared for professional study in medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy schools; graduate studies and employment as laboratory technicians in industry, academic or governmental laboratories.
Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
For timely degree completion, students must complete all program milestones. The following actions occur when milestone are missed: first occurrence—warning and advising hold; second occurrence—advising hold and counseling regarding progression requirements; and third occurrence—counseling and change to a major outside of the Department of Chemistry and Physics or Department of Biology that is more appropriate to student goals and academic performance. Appeals are handled through the relevant department. The decision of the appeal committee is final. Program milestones include the following:
- CHM 1045/L (or CHM 1045C) minimum grade of C completed one calendar year from admission as FTIC or 30 credits earned, whichever is earlier.
- CHM 1046/L (or CHM 1046C) minimum grade of C completed by end of fifth semester (including summers) from admission as FTIC or 60 credits earned, whichever is earlier.
- CHM 2210/L (or CHM 2210C) minimum grade of C completed by end of seventh semester (including summers) from admission as FTIC or 75 credits earned, whichever is earlier.
- CHM 2211/L (or CHM 2211C) minimum grade of C completed by end of eighth semester (including summers) from admission as FTIC or 90 credits earned, whichever is earlier.
- CHM 3120/L(or CHM 3120C) minimum grade of C completed by end of eighth semester (including summers) from admission as FTIC or 90 credits earned, whichever is earlier.
Transfer students may declare the major after they have completed CHM 1045/L, CHM 1046/L, and CHM 2210/L with grades of C or better in each course. CHM 2211/L and CHM 3120/L must be completed with a grade of C or better within three semesters (including summer) of declaring the major.
- In addition to the program requirements, students must:
- Complete a minimum of 120 credits.
- Complete a minimum of 48 of the 120 credits at the upper division (3000 - 4999) level.
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- Satisfy the College-Level Skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
- Satisfy the Service Learning requirement. (See www.fgcu.edu/connect).
- Satisfy the residency requirement: thirty of the last sixty credits must be completed at FGCU.
- Complete the summer course enrollment requirement.
- Submit an Application for Graduation by the deadline listed in the FGCU Academic Calendar.
- Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.
- FGCU General Education Program (https://www2.fgcu.edu/general_education/)
To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.
- Common Prerequisites
A mimium grade of C is required in each course
For this major, common prerequisite courses with an asterisk (*) require prior knowledge and skills demonstrated through degree acceleration programs (e.g., the College Board's Advanced Placement Program [AP], International Baccalaureate Program [IB], College-Level Examination Program [CLEP], Advanced International Certificate of Education Program [AICE]); dual enrollment; placement exam; or college coursework.
FGCU Courses: *CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3) and CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
Acceptable Substitutes: (CHMX040 and CHMX041) or CHM045C or (CHMX045 and CHMX045L)
[Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]
FGCU Courses: CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3) and CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
Acceptable Substitutes: (CHMX046 and CHMX046L) or CHMX046C
FGCU Courses: *MAC 2311 Calculus I (4) and MAC 2312 Calculus II (4)
Acceptable Substitute: (MACX311 and MACX312) or (MACX253 and MACX254)
[Prerequisites of MAT 1033 minimum grade of C then MAC 1105 minimum grade of C then MAC 1147 minimum grade of C; or relevant accelerated credit; or placement exam]
FGCU Courses: CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry I (3) and CHM 2210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1) and CHM 2211 Organic Chemistry II (3) and CHM 2211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
Acceptable Substitutes: (CHMX210 and CHMX210L and CHM X211 and CHM X211L) or (CHMX210C and CHMX211C)
FGCU Course: PHY 2048C General Physics w/Lab I (4) or PHY 2053C College Physics w/lab I (4)
Acceptable Substitutes: PHYX048C or (PHYX048 and PHYX048L) or PHY X053C or (PHYX053 and PHYX053L)
FGCU Course: PHY 2049C General Physics w/Lab II (4) or PHY 2054C College Physics w/lab II (4)
Acceptable Substitutes: PHYX049C or (PHYX049 and PHYX049L)or PHY X054C or (PHYX054 and PHYX054)
- Required Courses in the Major (28 credits)
A minimum grade of C is required in each course.
BCH 3023C Biochemistry (3)
CHM 3120 Analytical Chemistry (3)
CHM 3120L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1)
CHM 3410 Physical Chemistry I (3)
CHM 3410L Physical Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHM 3610 Inorganic Chemistry (3)
CHM 3610L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1)
CHM 4130 Instrumental Analysis (3)
CHM 4130L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (1)
CHM 4931 Senior Capstone in Chemistry (3)
CHM 4932 Chemistry Senior Seminar (3)
IDS 3300 Foundations of Civic Engagement (3)
- Restricted Electives in the Major (minimum of 12 credits)
A minimum grade of C is required in each course.
BCH 3025C Analytical Biochemistry (3)
BCH 4033C Advanced Biochemistry I (4)
BCH 4034C Advanced Biochemistry II (4)
CHM 3411 Physical Chemistry II (3)
CHM 3411L Physical Chemistry II Lab (1)
CHM 3940 Internship in Chemistry (0-4)*
CHM 4080C Adv. Environmental Chemistry (3)
CHM 4174C Lasers in Physical Sciences (3)
CHM 4220C Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
CHM 4230C Practical NMR Spectroscopy (3)
CHM 4300 Bio-Organic Chemistry (3)
CHM 4431 Statistical Thermodynamics (3)
CHM 4512 Computational Modeling (3)
CHM 4671 Bioinorganic Chemistry (3)
CHM 4714C Materials Chemistry (3)
CHM 4905 Dir Ind Study/Res in Chem (2-4)*
CHM 4910C Senior Project in Chemistry (2)*
CHM 4912C Senior Thesis/Pres. Chemistry (2)*
CHM 4930 Special Topics in Chemistry (2-4)
CHS 4533C Forensic Biochemistry (3)
CHS 4544C Forensic Chemistry (3)
ISC 3120C Scientific Process (3)
*A maximum number of 4 credits combined from these courses can be used to fulfill the elective requirement.
- University Requirements (3 credits)
IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives – as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 120
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