The BS degree in chemistry offers in-depth coverage of all major areas of chemistry, featuring challenging advanced coursework for our majors. Students who earn a BS in chemistry are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of employers in technology and science, and are well-prepared to enter graduate school in chemistry or professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school. Our BS degree is certified by the American Chemical Society, the largest professional scientific organization in the world.
A flowchart illustrating the prerequisite/corequisite structure of the BS chemistry courses is shown here.
A check list to aid in creating a class schedule for a BS chemistry degree is found here.
The BA degree in chemistry provides excellent grounding in chemistry principles, including specially focused 3000-level coursework. Students who earn a BA in chemistry have a broad education in chemistry, and are equipped with skills that enhance their marketability to a wide variety of scientific companies, and are well-prepared to enter professional school such as medical, dental, or pharmacy school. With a BA in chemistry and two semesters of laboratory-based biology courses, pre-medical students will have satisfied the course requirements for application to most US medical schools. This flexible 4-year plan leaves room for exploring other interests and is a popular major to pair with other science majors (see Double Major below).
A flowchart illustrating the prerequisite/corequisite structure of the BA chemistry courses is shown here.
A check list to aid in creating a class schedule for a BA chemistry degree is found here.
Double Major (of particular interest to BS Biology majors)
For students working toward a BS degree in biology, it is important to know that with just three more chemistry courses (CHEM 2250 and 2251, 3450 and 3451, and 3850 and 3851), the requirements for the BA in chemistry would be completed. As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog (under Double Major Requirements), four levels of foreign language is not required when students have a BS/BA double major and the BS degree is their primary major. With careful planning, the three additional chemistry courses can be completed in a single academic year. Students need to note that CHEM 2250 and 2251 are prerequisites for CHEM 3450 and 3451, meaning the two classes cannot be taken in the same semester.
For students working toward a BS degree in biochemistry, only CHEM 3450 and 3451 are required for the BS biochemistry/BA chemistry double major.
If the CHEM 3950, 3951 and 3960, 3961 sequence is included as part of the BS biochemistry degree, three additional courses (CHEM 2770, 5550 and 3451, and 5350 and 5351), along with two one-hour classes (CHEM 2103 and 4103), would complete the requirements for a BS biochemistry / BS chemistry double major.
Double Major versus Dual Degree
See the Undergraduate Catalog for the official guidelines. Simplified definitions are as follows:
Double major: A minimum of 126 s.h. are required. All requirements in two majors are fulfilled – the foundations curriculum requirements for one Four levels of foreign language are not required if the BS major is primary. One diploma is issued at graduation.
Dual degree: A minimum of 156 s.h. are required. If a BA degree is one of the two degrees, then the four levels of foreign language are required. Two diplomas are issued at graduation.
Students who have already graduated with one degree from ECU may earn a second undergraduate degree by following the requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog which state, in part, that a minimum of 30 additional semester hours need to be completed at ECU, as well as all remaining requirements in the major of the second degree. The academic unit offering the second degree will determine whether foundations curriculum requirements from the first undergraduate degree satisfy foundations curriculum requirements from the second degree. All other requirements apply, including the four levels of foreign language for all BA degrees.
A senior summary is simply a review of the student’s courses taken in pursuit of an academic degree. The summary specifies the classes that need to be taken during the senior (or final) year in order for the degree requirements to be fulfilled.
Once a student has earned roughly 90 s.h. credit, or is generally within 2 semesters of graduating, they need to contact their advisor to set up a time to review and sign their senior summary. In the Department of Chemistry, students should email the Director of Undergraduate Studies requesting a meeting to complete the summary. Between the time the email is sent and the agreed-upon meeting, the Director of Undergraduate Studies completes the senior summary worksheet in the ECU student computer database and prints out a form that reviews the remaining requirements. After the student and Director sign the form, it is taken by the student to the main office in the Department of Chemistry for the Chair to sign, and is subsequently sent by the Department to the Office of the Registrar for review. Allowing roughly a week for the Chair to review, sign, and send the form along, the student should then stop by the Registrar’s office (Whichard 108) to formally apply for graduation.