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  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry


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Joel B. Hagen, Chairperson
Reed Hall 308, (540) 831-5146

Chemistry: www.radford.edu/~chem

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Chemistry offers a broad curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with Professional Chemist, Pre-Health Professional, Biochemistry and Forensics concentrations available. Depending upon the particular course of study taken, the students will be prepared for a career in industry, government, or education. A wide variety of career opportunities are available to persons trained in chemistry. Chemists work in research, industrial production, quality control, sales, management, environmental control, safety engineering, science reporting, teaching, and many other areas. Training in chemistry is also a valuable background for such professions as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and environmental and patent law. Many students who enter medical and dental schools do their undergraduate work as chemistry majors. Chemistry majors are required to take courses in general, analytical, organic, biochemistry, and physical chemistry, as well as physics and calculus. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in advanced inorganic chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and other related areas. Pre-medical and pre-dental students enrolled in the Pre-Health Professional Concentration take additional biology courses to prepare for these careers. Students may also pursue licensure to teach chemistry in the Bachelor of Science degree program.

A wide variety of career opportunities are available to persons trained in chemistry. Chemists work in research, industrial production, quality control, sales, management, environmental control, safety engineering, science reporting, teaching, and many other areas. Training in chemistry is also a valuable background for such professions as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and environmental and patent law. Many students who enter medical and dental schools do their undergraduate work as chemistry majors. Chemistry majors are required to take courses in general, analytical, organic, biochemistry, and physical chemistry, as well as physics and calculus. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in advanced inorganic chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, and other related areas. Premedical and predental students majoring in chemistry should use their elective hours to take general biology and additional biology courses. Students may pursue licensure to teach chemistry in the Bachelor of Science degree program.

Prepharmacy Program

Students who wish to enter a pharmacy school should register as chemistry majors; a designated faculty member from the department will be assigned to advise prepharmacy students. For admission to the School of Pharmacy at the Medical College of Virginia, students must have completed two years of college work that includes the following courses: one year each of general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, general physics, and English; six semester hours of mathematics including at least three semester hours of calculus; three semester hours of public speaking; three semester hours of ethics/logic; six semester hours of social sciences; twelve semester hours of electives. Other pharmacy schools may have somewhat different entrance requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill these requirements.

Academic Programs

Chemistry, B.S. 

Chemistry Minor 

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