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Undergraduate Programs

BS in Chemistry

The BS in Chemistry is recommended for students who are planning professional careers in chemistry or chemistry related fields or who are intending to pursue postgraduate studies in chemistry after graduation. The BS is certified by the American Chemical Society as meeting the necessary criteria for a professional baccalaureate degree in chemistry. Major requirements include a minimum of 51 semester hours of chemistry, 11 hours of mathematics, and 8 of physics and 4 hours of biology.American Chemical Society

BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry Concentration

The BS/Biochemistry option is recommended for students who are planning professional careers in biochemistry, biological chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, or other biomedically related field with a chemistry emphasis. It also meets the requirements for entrance to medical and other professional schools. Requirements include 39-48 hours of chemistry, 8 hours of mathematics, 8 hours of physics, and 8-17 hours of biology.

BS in Chemistry with Concentration in Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

The BS with Analytical and Environmental Concentration is recommended for students who are planning professional careers in industry, careers in environmental science with a chemistry emphasis, or those seeking graduate study in analytical or environmental chemistry.  This degree is certified by the American Chemical Society as meeting the necessary criteria for a professional baccalaureate degree in chemistry.Requirements include 52 hours of chemistry, 11 hours of mathematics and 8 hours of physics.American Chemical Society

BS in Chemistry with Education Concentration

A person interested in teaching High School Chemistry should choose this major. This degree is approved by the American Chemical Society and leads to state licensure to teach in Virginia upon completion of the degree.

BA in Chemistry

The BA in Chemistry is intended to fulfill the needs of students who wish a broader liberal arts education. It is recommended for students who are preparing to enter medical or dental schools or who may wish to enter other scientific and non-scientific fields related to chemistry, such as environmental science, pharmacy, business, or law. Major requirements include 37 hours of chemistry, 11 hours of mathematics, and 8 to 12 hours of physics. Both degree programs satisfy the requirements for state certification in chemistry for secondary school teachers.

BA in Chemistry with Biochemistry Concentration

The BA/Biochemistry Option is intended for the student who is interested in studying chemistry at its interface with the biological sciences. Students interested in attending medical school can obtain an exceptionally good science background through this option. Requirements include 37 hours of chemistry, 11 hours of mathematics and statistics, 8 hours of physics, and 4 hours of biology.

BS/Accelerated MS in Chemistry

The five-year BS/Accelerated MS program leads to a research-based MS following satisfactory completion of 144 credits. It allows academically strong undergraduates with a commitment to research to obtain a BS and MS within five academic years plus the summer of the last year.

Minor in Chemistry

A Minor in Chemistry requires 16 credits of chemistry at the 300 level or above with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Certificate in Environmental Chemistry

The department offers an undergraduate certificate program in environmental chemistry. The program consists of 35 credits of course work dealing directly with environmental studies.

To receive the certificate, students must hold a baccalaureate degree in any major or be earning one from Mason at the time they receive the certificate. Substitutions from the following list of required courses are allowed, but require permission from the environmental chemistry certificate director: BIOL 377; CHEM 313, 314, 315, 318, 321, 331 or 333, 505, 554; EVPP 301, 454; STAT 344. To optimize employment and graduate school opportunities, students are encouraged to take additional courses in natural science, computer science, and environmental law.

Honors Program in Chemistry

Chemistry majors who have completed the prerequisites for CHEM 455, 456, Honors Research in Chemistry, and who have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in mathematics and science courses are eligible to enter the departmental Honors Program and graduate with Honors in Chemistry. The Chemistry pre-requisites are CHEM 314, 318, 321, 331, and 336. Students in the program participate in chemistry research under the direction of a faculty member and complete the requirements for undergraduate attendance at the weekly Department seminar. Students may apply to the program by submitting an honors program application.                                                                                       Honors Program Application

Premedical, Predental, and Preveterinary Students

Students planning medical, dental, or veterinary careers may meet the requirements of these professional schools by majoring in chemistry. Students should consult with the Health Professions/Premedical Advisor for chemistry.

Special Programs

Opportunities are available within the department for undergraduate participation in original research in conjunction with the chemistry faculty. This may be achieved through CHEM 355, CHEM 451 and 452 (Special Projects in Chemistry) or through involvement with faculty members on externally funded research grants. GMU Chemistry Majors also take advantage of the unique scientific resources available in the region through student internships at government laboratories such as the Naval Research Laboratory, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Institutes of Health.

Semester Course Offerings

Fall Classes 211, 212, 313, 314, 315, 318, 321, 331, 336, 422, 427, 438, 441, 446, 463, 465, 490
Spring Classes
211, 212, 313, 314, 315, 318, 321, 332, 336, 337, 413, 423, 445, 463, 464, 465, 467, 468, 490
Summer Classes 211, 212, 313, 314, 315, 318, 463/Biol 483

Individualized sections 355, 451, 452 are available every semester.

CHEM 458/GEOL 458 is offered every 4th semester.

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