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A Career Guide for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Major


The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers undergraduate degree programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree, and Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with emphasis in Biochemistry.

The Bachelor of Arts degree is a liberal arts degree intended for students planning professional careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinarymedicine, environmental services, business (administration, sales, or market analysis), or secondary school teaching.

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students intending to proceed with graduate studies in chemistry, or preparing forprofessional careers as chemists in industry or government service. It is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of theAmerican Chemical Society for certification of graduates as professional chemists.

The Bachelor of Science degree with emphasis in Biochemistry is designed for students intending to pursue a career in biochemistry and other related specialities, such as molecular biology, biophysics, pharmacology, and other areas of the biomedical sciences. The program will prepare students for graduate study in these areas, or employment in biotechnology, pharmaceutical, or related biomedical industries. Also, premedical students who wish to pursue a research-oriented curriculum might show strong interest in this program.

The following Interests and Aptitudes/Qualities are associated with or needed for success in the study of this major.

Interests
  • The physical/biological sciences
  • Environmental issues/projects
  • Problem solving/research
  • Biochemistry/biotechnology materials
Aptitudes
  • Ability to communicate clearly/concisely; both orally and in writing
  • Integrating information from various fields
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team
  • Visual acuity/manual dexterity
  • Comparative analysis
  • Ability to think spatially
  • Ability to analyze information, organize ideas, and solve problems

CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS


Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry are required to complete a minimum of 120 credit-hours. In addition to the University and Charles E. Schmidt College of Science requirements, students must complete the Core Curriculum and also advanced Undergraduate courses leading to an emphasis in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Three credit-hours in Directed Independent Study (CHM 4905) are required.


OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES


The following are examples of positions often held by Chemistry and Biochemistry graduates:

Educator
Environmental Manager
Geneticist
Nutritionist
Biotechnician
Environmental Attorney
Pharmacologist
Physical Therapist
Public Health Director
Registered Nurse
Veterinarian
Physician

Note: Some of the above professions will require advanced study or training.


FOR MORE INFORMATION


For information about choosing a career, graduate/professional school, internships or job descriptions,and for career library resources, contact:

Career Development Center
Boca Raton Campus - Student Services Building, Room 220 (SU 220)
561-297-3533

Davie Campus - Modular G
954-236-1214

Jupiter Campus - SR 110
561-799-8010

For information about choosing a major and concentration and degree requirements, contact:

Charles E. Schimdt College of Science
S&E 234
561-297-3700

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
PS 110
561-297-3390


The Career Guide series was developed by the Florida Atlantic University Career Development Center, Division of Student Affairs, the Freshman Academic Advising, and in cooperation with the Charles E. Schimdt College of Science and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
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