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Courses for a Chemistry or Biochemistry Major

The B.A. courses in Chemistry and Chemistry Education follow a similar course selection for the freshman year.  Chemistry Education students take 24 credits of education classes throughout the four years, including student teaching.  The B.S. program in Chemistry also has a similar course selection for the freshman year, but this program offers a heavier concentration of upper level chemistry classes.  Biochemistry majors focus on a Biology emphasis, with the second and third years deviating from the other majors.

Example of Freshman Year
General Chemistry (CHEM 164,111,115 [B.S.] or CHEM-103, 164 [B.A.])6
or 5
General Chemistry (CHEM-112,120 [B.S.] or CHEM-104 [B.A.]) 6
or 4
Critical Reading and Writing (ENGL 110) 3Calculus (MATH 242 [B.S. CHEM] or Elective [B.A.]) 4
or 3
Calculus (MATH-241) 4 Foreign Language (106 or 107) 4
Foreign Language (105 or 106) 4Elective (B.A.) 3
  Biology (BISC-207 [B.S. BIOC]) 4
or 16
or 14

Both B.A. degrees in Chemistry and Chemistry Education require 9 credits of each Group (A, B and C), with a total of 27 credits overall.  The B.S. degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry requires a minimum of 6 credits in each group (A, B and C), with a total of 21 credits of Group Requirements. Group A:  Creative Arts and Humanities Examples of course selections include:  Appreciation of Music (MUSC-101), Biblical and Classical Literature (CMLT-202), Anthropology and Human Nature (ANTH-205).Group B:  Culture and Institutions Through Time Examples of course selections include:  Introduction to Art History I (ARTH-153), Postwar America: The United States Since 1945 (HIST-310 and HIST-311), African American Literature I (ENGL-344).Group C:  Humans and Their Environment Examples of course selections include:  Mass Communication and Culture (COMM-245), World Regional Geography (GEOG-120), General Psychology (PSYC-201).The B.S. in Chemistry with Environmental Concentration includes the same requirements as the B.S. in Chemistry.  However, 14 free elective credits in the latter curriculum are replaced with 8 credits of biology, geography or geology courses and 6 credits of advanced coursework in the chemistry of the environment to meet the ENCH requirement.    Total credits to graduate:    Chemistry or Chemistry Education (B.A.):  124 credits    Chemistry (B.S.):  124 credits    Biochemistry (B.S.):  124 credits


Sandeep Patel, Associate Professor
Associate Chair for Academics & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Director, Computational Core, NIH COBRE Center for Molecular Design of Advanced Biomaterials
Affiliate Faculty, J. P. Morgan Chase Institute for Financial Services Analytics
102A Brown Laboratory (Undergraduate Studies Office)
(302) 831-1070

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  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 102 Brown Laboratory
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1247