Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Chemistry majors will take 56-64 credits as listed below, plus University-wide requirements and electives to total 128 credits.
The Bachelor of Arts includes three areas of concentration:
- Concentration in Chemical Professions: Designed for students who expect to qualify for positions in chemistry, chemical allied professions such as information retrieval or scientific librarian, and secondary school teaching (with the courses required for certification).
- Concentration in Health Professions: Designed for students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, podiatry, optometry and the paramedical professions.
- Concentration in Forensic Science: Designed for students who intend to pursue graduate study in Arcadia's Forensic Science program.
- Pre-Optometry Option: A combined program (3 + 4) with Salus University (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Optometry)
Common Curriculum for All Concentrations
(47 credits. Substitutions in keeping with a student's intended career may be made with the approval of the Department Chair.)
1. Nine courses in Chemistry:
- CH 111, 112 Conceptual Chemistry I, II
or CH 101, 102 General Chemistry I, II with permission of the chair
- CH 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I, II: Structure, Mechanisms and Reactions
- CH 203 Equilibrium and Analysis
- CH 290 Junior Seminar
- CH 391, 392 Research
- CH 490 Capstone
2. Two courses in Physics from the following:
- PH 201, 202 Fundamental Concepts of Physics I, II
or PH 211, 212 Conceptual Physics I, II
- MA 201 Calculus I or MA 202 Calculus II
3. One course in Mathematics
- CH 301 Physical Chemistry I
- CH 302 Physical Chemistry II
- CH 303 Biochemistry
- CH 304 Instrumental Methods of Analysis I
- CH 305 Inorganic Chemistry
- CH 306 Advanced Organic Chemistry
- CH 307 Polymers and Biopolymers
- CH 333 Statistical Thermodynamics
- CH 351 Quantum Chemistry and Chemical Physics
- CH 389 Chemical Research
- PH 324 Atomic Physics
- PH 325 Advanced Engineering Mathematics I
- PH 326 Advanced Engineering Mathematics II
- PH 331 Engineering Mechanics
- CS 104 The Computer as a Tool
- MA 202, 203 Calculus II, III
- MA 221 Linear Algebra
- MA 352 Differential Equations
- MA 356 Numerical Analysis
- PL 160 Symbolic Logic
In addition to the common curriculum, students must select one of the following concentrations:
Chemical Professions (24 additional credits):
- A minimum of three additional Chemistry electives.
- A minimum of two electives in other science fields.
- For Secondary Certification in Chemistry or General Science: Students must notify their advisers and the Director of Secondary Education. State certification requirements are very specific, so the earlier students plan for this option, the easier it is to develop appropriate programs.
Health Professions (28 additional credits):
- Six courses in Biology.
- A minimum of one additional Chemistry elective.
Forensic Science (28 additional credits):
- Six courses in Biology (including BI 101, BI 102, BI 204, BI 321, BI 325, and BI 333).
- One additional Chemistry elective from either CH 303, CH 304, or CH 307.