Winthrop University: Chemistry
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Department of Chemistry, Physics and Geology
College of Arts & Sciences
312-A Sims Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-2113
803/323-2246 (fax)
chemistry@winthrop.edu

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Chemistry & Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science

Winthrop’s biochemistry and chemistry program offers a private school-caliber experience at a public-school price. Winthrop provides a comprehensive infrastructure of chemistry instrumentation that is widely used in industry as well as government, industrial, environmental, biotech or forensic laboratories throughout the nation. Larger schools cannot and do not offer comparable two-year research experiences for all their undergraduate students. This gives graduates of Winthrop’s program the upper hand when applying for opportunities in industry, medicine and graduate school.

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Curriculum & Learning Opportunities

Students majoring in chemistry can select one of seven programs of study to tailor their curricula to meet their long-term professional objectives. Two degree tracks meet American Chemistry Society (ACS) requirements for a professional certification upon graduation:  chemistry and biochemistry.  The ACS Biochemistry track was the nation's first American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)-Accredited program.

The Chemistry degree track is designed for maximum flexibility to meet a broad array of student interests or needs:  the Biochemistry track is designed to meet the needs of students interested in those health professions that do not require undergraduate research. The Engineering-Physics, Forensic Chemistry, and Chemistry-Business degree tracks prepare students for technical or management positions with government or industry. 

Curriculum

      Students completing this degree track will be ACS-certified chemistry graduates.

      BIOL220/222         Principles of Cell and Molecular Niology & Lab        4
      MATH 201, 202 Calculus 1, Calculus II 8
      PHYS 211, 212 Physics wih Calculus I & II 8
      CHEM 105, 108 General Chemistry and Lab 6
      CHEM 301, 302/304     Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab 8
      CHEM 305 Chemical Hygiene and Safety 1
      CHEM 312 Introductory Chemometrics 1
      CHEM 313/314 Quantitative Analysis & Lab 4
      CHEM 323 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
      CHEM 330 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry 3
      CHEM 407-410 Physical Chemistry 1 & II with Labs 8
      CHEM 491, 492, 493, 494     Department Seminars 0
      CHEM 495 Senior Seminar in Chemistry 1
      CHEM 523/525 Biochemistry 1 & Lab 5
      CHEM 530/531 Inorganic Chemistry & Lab 4
      CHEM 551, 552 Research 6
        Foreign Language Requirement 3-8
        General Electives 3-16
        Total 120

      Students completing this degee track will be ASBMB Accredited boichemistry graduates

      BIOL 220, 222


      Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology & Lab             

      4


      Three Courses from  BIOL
      310, 315, 316, 317,
      or approved advanced
      Biol courses                                 
      Microbiol, Cell Biol, Human Genetics,
      Genetics, Molecular Biol


      10-12




      MATH 201, 202


      Calculus I, Calculus I & II

      8
      PHYS 211, 212

      Physics with Calculus I & II

      8

      CHEM 105, 108

      General Chemistry I & II with Lab

      6

      CHEM 301, 302/304      
                
      Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

      8

      CHEM 305

      Chemical Hygiene and Safety

      1

      CHEM 312

      Introductory Chemometrics

      1

      CHEM 313/314

      Quantitative Analysis & Lab

      4

      CHEM 323

      Introduction to Biochemistry

      3

      CHEM 407/409

      Physical Chemistry I/Lab

      4

      CHEM 491,492,493,494

      Department Seminars

      0

      CHEM 495

      Senior Seminar in Chemisrty

      1

      CHEM 523/525

      Biochemisrty I

      5

      CHEM 524

      Biochemistry II

      3

      CHEM 551,552

      Research

      6

        Foreign Language Requirement 3-8
        General Electivcs 3-16
        Total 120

      Engineering -Physiscs Degree Track

      BIOL 220/221          


      Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology & Lab      
                                                                        
      4


      MATH 201, 202

      Calculus I, Calculus II

      8

      MATH 301, 305

      Calculus III, Introd to Differential Equations              7

      CHEM 105, 108

      General Chemistry and Lab

      6

      CHEM 301,302/304 
                 
      Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

      8

      CHEM 305

      Chemical Hygiene and Safety               
                      
      1
      CHEM 312

      Introductory Chemometrics               
                          
      1

      CHEM 313/314

      Quantitative Analysis & Lab

      4

      CHEM 323

      Introduction to Biochemistry

      3

      CHEM 330

      Introductory Inorganic Chemistry

      3

      CHEM 407-410

      Physical Chemistry I & II with Labs

      8

      CHEM 491, 492, 493, 494                 Department Seminars

      0

      CHEM 495

      Senior Seminar in Chemistry

      1

      CHEM 530/531 or 523/525

      Inorganic Chemistry & lab, Biochemistry I & lab

      4-5


      PHYS 211, 212

      Physics with Calculus I & II

      8

      PHYS 321

      Materials Science

      3

        Foreign Languages Requirement

      3-8

        General Electives

      1-19

        Total 120
      BIOL 220/222
                                             
      Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology & Lab
        
      4

      MATH 201, 202
             
      Calculus I, Calculus II

      8

      PHYS 211/212

      Physics with Calculus I & II

      8

      CHEM 105, 108

      General Chemistry and Lab

      6

      CHEM 301, 302/304   
                      

      Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab                                                                        

      8


      CHEM 305

      Chemical Hygiene and Safety

      1

      CHEM 312

      Introductory Chemometrics

      1

      CHEM 313/314

      Quantitative Analysis & Lab

      4

      CHEM 323

      Introduction to Biochemistry

      3

      CHEM 330

      Introductory Inorganuc Chemistry

      3

      CHEM 407-410

      Physical Chemistry I & II with Labs

      8

      CHEM 491, 492, 493, 494 Department Seminars

      0

      CHEM 495

      Senior Seminar in Chemistry

      1

      CHEM 523/525

      Biochemistry I & Lab

      5

      CHEM 530/531

      Inorganic Chemistry & Lab

      4

      CHEM 502/503 or 505/506 Instrumental Analyysis or Forensic Analytical Chemistry

      4

        Foreign Language Requirement 3-8
        General Electives 3-20
        Total 120
 

Premedical Program with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Students who wish to prepare for application to medical school should acquire a broad foundation in the natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and the social sciences. Chemistry is a popular major for such students since it allows them to complete the premed requirements without taking a large number of courses outside the major. In addition, the percentage of chemistry majors applying and being accepted to medical school is higher than observed for most other majors. Medical schools generally require two semesters of each of the following courses:

Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and English Composition and Literature. (Biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and microbiology are strongly recommended.) All of the courses listed above can be used to fulfill requirements necessary for a major in chemistry.

 



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Beyond Graduation

Tyler Couch
Class of 2013


“After seeing the limited experiences undergrads get at research universities, I’m so glad I got my B.S. at Winthrop. Winthrop chemistry and biochemistry graduates are exceptionally prepared for whatever may be next!”

In 2005, the South Carolina Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, or SC-INBRE, awarded Winthrop a grant of nearly $1.5 million to transform its undergraduate biomedical research. Since then, Winthrop has been established as a nationally distinctive undergraduate biomedical research program, and matriculated more than 120 graduates into medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary and biomedical science Ph.D. programs. SC-INBRE also helped create the Eagle STEM program to increase the number of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups who directly matriculate into graduate programs vis student engagement in research.


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Last Updated: 11/22/22