Department of Chemistry

We live at a time when both private and public decision making increasingly rests upon the latest scientific findings. Today, chemistry and biochemistry are accelerating the development of many new products and policies for fields as diverse as health care and homeland security. Your opportunities abound for entering medical school or graduate work, teaching at the elementary or secondary school level, or pursuing scientific careers in the private and government sectors.

Our program begins with a laboratory-oriented introduction to underlying principles, with extensive use of chromatographic, spectroscopic, and other instrumentation. This is followed by an in-depth study of the chemistry of carbon compounds, with emphasis on laboratory techniques and the treatment of data.

Upper-level courses in chemistry and biochemistry include specialized laboratory, computer, and online literature search skills, instrumentation, seminars, research with faculty, effective oral and written use of technical language, honors research, and externships.

Undergraduate Degrees

B.S. in Chemistry
B.A. in Chemistry
B.S. in Biochemistry

Minor

Chemistry

Certification

  Teacher of Physical Science
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The chemistry and biochemistry programs provide the opportunity for students to appreciate chemical science as an intrinsic part of their liberal arts education. An understanding of the beauty, order, and harmony of the subject contributes much to a deeper understanding of the world in which we live. The implications of chemistry extend also to the realistic and practical fact that much public decision making rests upon the scientific sophistication of the citizenry. For these reasons, the department encourages training in chemistry for all students.

Students may elect to pursue a

1. Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in chemistry, or the

2. Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

A chemistry major may be coupled with an education major with coursework leading to certification as a Teacher of Physical Science.

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the completion of 16 credits of freshman and sophomore chemistry courses to continue as a chemistry or biochemistry major.  All chemistry and biochemistry majors are required to attend departmental seminars. All students pursuing the B.S. degree are required to take the ETS Major Field Achievement Test in Chemistry before graduation.

The Honors Research Program in Chemistry is an opportunity for distinction, offered by the department, to those majors demonstrating exceptional ability and commitment to the discipline. The program is by invitation only. Students will be informed of their eligibility at the beginning of the spring semester of the junior year.

Georgian Court University Dual Degree

Students participating in the dual-degree agreement Georgian Court has with Burlington County College are guaranteed admission into the chemistry or biochemistry programs, provided their cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 and they follow the transfer curricula described in the agreement (contact admissions personnel at either Burlington County College or Georgian Court for a copy of the transfer curriculum).

Career Development

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry may confidently enter graduate work in any branch of chemistry, medicine or dentistry, government careers, science writing, business, medical technology, pharmaceuticals, and a wide variety of other positions in the occupational spectrum.

Pre-Medical: Both the chemistry and biochemistry degrees are excellent preparation for careers in medicine. Course advisement and planning is available for students wishing a pre-medical, pre-chiropractic, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary curriculum.

Medical and Health Sciences: Students preparing for medical research, medical technology, or other health services may elect either major—chemistry or biochemistry—and will be advised accordingly.

Chemistry Teaching: Chemistry and biochemistry studies coordinate with the School of Education at Georgian Court to assist students in the completion of requirements for Teacher of Physical Science certification by the state of New Jersey.

Graduate Study: Special guidance is provided in the selection of courses in preparation for advanced study in chemistry or biochemistry.


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