Pre Med Program

7036
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7036 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate 
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Premedical Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. The premedical chemistry major prepares the graduate for the many diverse career opportunities available to the chemist in government, private industry and academia.

The premedical chemistry major is designed for the student interested in a solid background in chemistry in preparation for a career in medicine or a related professional field. The curriculum includes all required coursework to make the student competitive for admission to medical, dental or veterinary schools. The advisor to this program provides up-to-date information on admission requirements for most of those schools, as well as admission test information.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Premedical Chemistry must complete the minimum course requirements as indicated. Deviation from the recommended program can be made only with the approval of the student's advisor and the concurrence of the department head.

Because the subject matter in general chemistry forms a critically important foundation for all of the advanced chemistry courses, both CHM 1101 and CHM 1102 must be passed with grades of at least C before taking any other chemistry courses.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BIO 1010 Biological Discovery 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    The first of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Emphasizes the scientific method, analytical techniques, use of original source materials, ethical questions in biology, historical perspectives of the development of biological theory and profiles of prominent figures in biology.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 1020 Biological Discovery 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    The second of a two-semester sequence on the scientific approach to biology. Continues an integrated approach to the study of the hierarchal structure and function of living systems, including the origin and history of life on Earth.
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 2801 Biometry
    Credit Hours: 4
    Experimental design and hypothesis testing in the biological sciences, and the analysis of biological data using descriptive statistics and applying parametric and non-parametric tests. Computer applications include statistical packages, spreadsheets, graphics preparation and word processing in the development of reports on modules of field-, clinic- and lab-based studies.
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 2110 General Genetics
    Credit Hours: 4
    The fundamentals of genetics from Mendel to modern day. Emphasizes the transmission of genetic material, the molecular nature of heredity and the heredity of populations. In the lab, students perform genetic analyses with online bioinformatics software and hands-on with DNA purified from several sources.
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the structure and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes lectures and labs involving intermediary metabolism, properties of enzymes, bioenergetics including oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes fundamental principles of chemical phenomena; thermodynamics, equilibria and states of matter; and chemical kinetics.
  • CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Students conduct experiments in quantitative analytical techniques.
  • PSY 1411 Introduction to Psychology
    Credit Hours: 3
    Overviews psychological processes, including both areas in which psychology is a natural science (physiological psychology, sensation and perception, basic learning and cognition) and a social science (motivation, human development, personality, social interaction, psychopathology and psychotherapy).
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues . Includes chemical dynamics, quantum mechanics, atomic structures, chemical bonding and spectroscopy.
  • CHM 3302 Analytical Chemistry 2: Instrumentation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of modern chemical instrumentation, focusing on spectroscopy.
  • CHM 3312 Analytical Chemistry 2: Instrumentation Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 2
    Quantitative and instrumental analysis techniques to accompany .
  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acquaints students with a variety of library services, sources and systems. Emphasizes research strategies and tools useful in each student's field of study, as well as the use of print, Internet and other electronic resources.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 3011 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in .
  • CHM 4001 Inorganic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers basic theoretical concepts of inorganic chemistry as related to elementary structure and bonding, stressing representative elements; and donor-acceptor concepts, symmetry and group theory. Introduces transition metal chemistry.
  • CHM 4700 Physical Biochemistry
    Credit Hours: 1
    Emphasizes the physical aspects of biochemistry. Includes enzyme mechanism, kinetics, inhibition, thermodynamics and binding constraints. Explores molecular modeling of proteins and protein folding, highlighting chemical interactions. Also includes an examination of protein-DNA binding interactions.
  • CHM 4800 Undergraduate Research 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Senior research conducted under the direct supervision of a chemistry department faculty member.
    Requirement(s):
    Department head approval
  • CHM 4900 Chemistry Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
    Presents topics of current chemical research interest by students, faculty and distinguished visiting scientists.
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CHM) Credit Hours: 3
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 3012 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in .
  • CHM 4900 Chemistry Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
    Presents topics of current chemical research interest by students, faculty and distinguished visiting scientists.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CHM) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 128
Restricted Electives
Choose From:
  • CHM 4002 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes structure and stability in coordination chemistry, spectroscopy of transition metal compounds; descriptive transition metal chemistry and reactions of metal compounds; and lanthanides and actinides. Introduces bioinorganic chemistry.
  • CHM 4111 Advanced Physical Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Selected topics in physical chemistry. Includes statistical mechanics and molecular modeling.
  • CHM 4304 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes electrode processes, thermodynamic and kinetic considerations, electrochemical methods and recent research articles.
  • CHM 4500 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Fundamentals of physical organic chemistry. Includes stereochemistry and structure, methods of mechanistic elucidation and selected mechanistic descriptions.
  • CHM 4550 Polymer Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces classes of polymers, their general patterns of behavior, polymer synthesis, physics of the solid state, polymer characterization, polymer rheology and polymer processing.