The study of molecular and atomic properties and interactions that encompass Chemistry and Biochemistry are central to many scientific disciplines including biology, geology, astronomy, environmental science, materials science and numerous others. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors continue to graduate or professional school, and obtain employment as educators and technical scientists. Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms: BCHM, CHEM
Admission to the Major
Chemistry and Biochemistry are part of a Limited Enrollment program (LEP) within the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS). Current UMCP students who wish to declare in CHEM or BCHM must complete a series of gateway courses (CHEM146/CHEM177 (or CHEM131/CHEM132), CHEM237 (or CHEM231/CHEM232), and MATH140 and MATH141) prior to applying to the program. Information is available at: http://www.lep.umd.edu.
Placement in Courses
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry rigorously enforce all of its prerequisites. Enrollment in CHEM131/CHEM132 or CHEM146/CHEM177 requires placement in calculus (MATH120 or MATH135 or MATH140).
All required chemistry, biochemistry, and upper-level biological sciences courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C-". Required supporting courses, including BSCI170 & BSCI171, must be passed with a 2.0 grade point average.
|UNIV100||The Student in the University||1|
|Lower-Level CHEM Courses|
|Principles of General Chemistry|
and Introduction to Laboratory Practices and Research in the Chemical Sciences
|CHEM237||Principles of Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM247||Principles of Organic Chemistry II||4|
|General Chemistry and Energetics - Majors|
and Fundamentals of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory
|Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology|
and Principles of Molecular & Cellular Biology Laboratory
|General Physics: Mechanics and Particle Dynamics|
and General Physics: Vibration, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism
and General Physics: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity and Magnetism (Laboratory)
|Required Upper Level CHEM/BCHM Courses|
|CHEM395||Professional Issues in Chemistry and Biochemistry||1|
|CHEM425||Instrumental Methods of Analysis||4|
|Physical Chemistry I|
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
|Approved biological science courses||6|
Note: All majors and potential majors are encouraged to take MATH241 prior to beginning Physical Chemistry.
- Specific information about course requirements can be obtained in the undergraduate office.
- Students who enroll in the chemistry or biochemistry program at any time following the first semester of study typically will complete all or part of the non-majors introductory sequence (CHEM131,CHEM132, CHEM231/CHEM232, CHEM241/CHEM242 and CHEM271/CHEM272; CHEM132, CHEM232, CHEM242 and CHEM272 are co-requisite laboratory courses). In this situation, completion of an additional approved upper level CHEM or BCHM course may be required to fulfill the lower-level departmental major requirements. Transfer students who wish to pursue chemistry or biochemistry majors will have their previous chemistry course work carefully evaluated for placement in the appropriate courses.
- More information about and requirements for the Biochemistry major can be found at: http://www.chem.umd.edu/undergraduateprogram/current-students/majoradvising.
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