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Chemistry, Physics, and Geology Programs

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Students majoring in Chemistry can select one of five programs of study to tailor their curricula to meet their long-term professional objectives. Those programs are chemistry, biochemistry, forensic chemistry, business and multidisciplinary chemistry.

Minor in Applied Physics

The minor in applied physics consists of 17 semester hours of PHYS:


9 hours from

Students with majors in biology, chemistry, computer science, and mathematics may count physics courses required by the major (PHYS 211-212 or 201-202) toward the physics minor.

Minor in Chemistry

The minor in chemistry consists of 18 semester hours of CHEM ( excluding 104) to include at least 10 hours in courses numbered above 299. Chemistry courses required for other majors can also be counted for the chemistry minor.

Minor in Geology

The minor in geology consists of 18 semester hours in GEOL, including

And at least 6 hours in GEOL courses numbered above 299.

Minor in General Science

The minor in general science consists of at least 18 semester hours of coursework selected from BIOL, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS, to include

Courses included in a major may not be counted in the general science minor. At least 6 hours must be in courses numbered above 299.

Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental and Pre-Pharmacy Programs

Students who wish to prepare for application to medical, dental, or pharmacy 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 pre-professional requirements without taking a large number of courses outside the major. In addition, professional schools accept a higher percentage of chemistry applicants than most other majors. These schools generally require two semesters of each of the following courses: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics (preferably calculus), and English Composition and Literature. Biochemistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Genetics, and Microbiology are also strongly recommended. All of these courses can be used to fulfill requirements necessary for a major in chemistry.

Pre-Engineering Program

Engineering programs require students to complete fundamental math and science courses to include Calculus I, II, & III, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, General Chemistry I & II, Calculus-based Physics I & II,  computer science, and several engineering science courses during their first several years of college. The Pre-Engineering program at Winthrop provides an opportunity to take these courses in a setting characterized by small classes, individual faculty attention, and access to modern instrumentation. Former Winthrop students in this program have successfully transferred into engineering programs at Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Florida State and North Carolina State.


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