Chemistry and Biochemistry Area of Concentration Degree
The chemistry and biochemistry program is designed to provide the first two years of courses necessary to obtain a chemistry or biochemistry baccalaureate degree from a four-year college or university. In addition to general and organic chemistry knowledge, students will be trained in data collection and analysis, and scientific communication.
Through the laboratory portion of the program, students will reinforce their understanding and application of the theory learned in class, develop laboratory skills and techniques, and formulate conclusions based on observations.
The College's fully equipped labs and facilities, including the Bioscience Education Center at Germantown, the Science Center at Rockville, and the Science North and Science South buildings at Takoma Park/Silver Spring, ensure you have the resources to be successful. Each campus has a dedicated Math and Science Center where you will find additional resources, including free tutoring by qualified individuals.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Apply knowledge of general and organic chemistry to analyze data, draw conclusions, and solve problems.
- Apply safe practices to execute laboratory techniques and use appropriate equipment and instrumentation to carry out experimental procedures.
- Access scientific information using basic scientific references and literature and evaluate technical information critically.
- Communicate in an ethical, clear and organized manner, scientific concepts, experimental results, and properly cited reference material.
- Work effectively in groups, as leaders or team members, to solve problems and interact productively with a diverse group of peers.
Program Advising Guide
Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.
The majority of your chemistry and biochemistry credits will transfer to most, if not all, colleges, universities, and professional schools. The chemistry and biochemistry program also prepares you to pursue a degree in pharmacy. Transfer to the University of Maryland system (USM) schools is common and includes: University of Maryland; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland University College; Universities at Shady Grove; Towson University; and Salisbury University. For best transfer results, work closely with an advisor or counselor, preferably a chemistry faculty member or academic transfer counselor, soon after you enroll. See all transfer agreements.
Career fields for chemistry and biochemistry majors include occupations like food scientist and technologist, chemical technician, medical and clinical laboratory technologist, geological sample test technician, chemist, materials scientist, biochemist and biophysicist, chemical engineer, biochemical engineer, chemistry teacher, postsecondary. Some require a bachelor’s degree.
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A suggested course sequence for Chemistry and Biochemistry majors follows.
All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.
Suggested Course Sequence
The chemistry and biochemistry area of concentration is a transfer program that provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in chemistry or biochemistry. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.
- CHEM 131 - Principles of Chemistry I 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- ENGL 101 - Introduction to College Writing 3 semester hours
- MATH 181 - Calculus I 4 semester hours (MATF)
- Humanities distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD) ‡
- BIOL 150 - Principles of Biology I 4 semester hours (NSLD/GEEL)
- CHEM 132 - Principles of Chemistry II 4 semester hours (NSLD)
- ENGL 102 - Critical Reading, Writing, and Research 3 semester hours (ENGF)
- MATH 182 - Calculus II 4 semester hours
- CHEM 203 - Organic Chemistry I 5 semester hours
- PHYS 161 - General Physics I: Mechanics and Heat 3 semester hours
- MATH 280 - Multivariable Calculus 4 semester hours
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **
- CHEM 204 - Organic Chemistry II 5 semester hours
- ENES 206 - MATLAB for Engineers 1 semester hour
- Science (BIOL,CHEM,PHYS) or mathematics elective 1 semester hour
- PHYS 262 - General Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism 4 semester hours
- Arts distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD)
- Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)
** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.
Choose one distribution course that also fulfills the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement.
‡ It is recommended that COMM 108 be taken as the HUMD distribution elective.
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