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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Chemistry with a concentration in chemical science

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Chemistry Track (Germanna Community College)
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Program description

The curriculum in chemistry prepares students for graduate study in chemistry and related fields and for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. It prepares students to teach in secondary schools or to work in chemical and industrial laboratories and in related fields of business and industry.

With the proper selection of electives, the degree satisfies admission requirements to most schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.

The chemical science concentration is tailored for the pre-professional study of the health sciences and other interdisciplinary areas where an emphasis on chemistry is sought. This concentration for the bachelor's degree in chemistry permits students to select more courses from other disciplines. With fewer requirements in mathematics, physics and chemistry, this concentration is one option for students planning to study medicine or dentistry.

Career opportunities

The employment pathways for chemical professionals can be divided into five main sectors: industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship.  Within each of these sectors, areas of career opportunity include research and development, quality control/regulatory, environment and health, law and policy, manufacturing,  education, military and law enforcement, and technical communication. Common skills include science, critical thinking, reading, active listening, mathematics, and both deductive and inductive reasoning. Technical skills are highly preferred in areas such as analytical/scientific software, computer aided design (CAD), databases/query software, graphics, and Office suite.   With the proper selection of electives, the degree satisfies admission requirements to most schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Chemical Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Food Technologist
  • Materials Scientists
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Quality Control Analysts
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialists
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Survey Researchers
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chemist
  • College Professor
  • Material Scientist
  • Research Director
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • Core only
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Chemistry with a concentration in chemical science

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Chemistry Track)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to chemistry through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway
  • Visit the VCU Chemistry department website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Chemistry department-related events.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to chemistry through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Use Navigate to remain on your pathway
  • Visit the VCU Chemistry department website to become familiar with upcoming course offerings, syllabi, and professors.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges in your classes. Use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Research scholarship opportunities and explore your eligibility for the Two-Year College Transfer Grant.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Chemistry department-related events.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Chemistry with a concentration in chemical science

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Chemistry Track)

Germanna Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100 College Success SkillsUNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I UNIV 111-1123General education
Lab ScienceCHM 111 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1014Major
MTH/Transfer electiveMTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162)MATH 1515General education
History electiveHistory elective (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122HIST3General education
ENG 112College Composition  IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 263Calculus IMATH 2004Major
Lab ScienceCHM 112 General Chemistry ICHEM/Z 1024Major
Humanities/PHI Humanities: select any PHI (Philosophy) courseVCU equivalent3General education
Social ScienceSocial Science (select 1): ECO 201, 202, PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 264Calculus IIMATH 2014Major
CHM 241Organic Chemistry ICHEM 3013Major
CHM 245Organic Chemistry I LaboratoryCHEZ 3012Major
Social ScienceSocial Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
HumanitiesHumanities(select 1): ART 101, 102, 106, HUM 100 or any REL or PHIVCU equivalent3General education
CHM 242Organic Chemistry IICHEM 3023Major
CHM 246Organic Chemistry II LaboratoryCHEZ 3022Major
CapstoneScience Capstone PresentationVCU equivalent1Major
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and ConceptsINFO 160, 161, 1623Elective
MTH 265Calculus IIIMATH 3074Major
Germanna credits transferred to VCU61
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level.   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education (not waived by associate degree)
PHYS 201 or PHYS 207General Physics I or University Physics I 4 to 5Major
PHYS 202 or PHYS 208General Physics II or University Physics II 4 to 5Major
STAT 210Basic Practice of Statistics 3Major
CHEM 309 + CHEZ 309Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory 5Major
CHEM 313 or CHEM 314Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry with Math Modules3 to 4Major
CHEM 315Physical Chemistry II3Major
CHEZ 313 or CHEZ 315Physical Chemistry I Laboratory or Physical Chemistry II Laboratory2Major
CHEM 320Inorganic Chemistry I 3Major
CHEM 398Professional Practices and Perspectives Seminar 1Major
CHEM 499Capstone 0Major
To complete the Capstone experience, choose at least one two-credit 400-level CHEZ course or two credits of CHEM 392 or CHEM 492 and at least one three-credit 400- or 500-level CHEM course. See VCU advisor for course options.5Major
Upper-level elective (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 9Elective
Electives 6 to 15Elective
Credits completed at VCU59
Bachelor's degree total120
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