Required Chemistry Courses

Many disciplines require chemistry courses.

Allied Health Professions

The following programs require one semester of chemistry:

  • Dental Hygiene
  • Health Information Technology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Nursing

Essentials of General and Biological Chemistry fulfills this requirement.

Programs in Medicine

If you plan to attend medical school or a graduate medical program, consider the following:

All medical schools, pharmacy schools, dental schools, and physician assistant programs require two years of college chemistry. This includes General Chemistry I & II as well as Organic Chemistry I & II.

Students usually begin applying to medical school during their second year of taking chemistry or their third year of their college education if they don't currently hold a baccalaureate degree.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) contains 25% General Chemistry and 25% Organic Chemistry. Students desiring to perform well on the MCAT need to complete these courses prior to taking this test.

Chemistry for Non-Science Majors

Most degree programs in Business require eight hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology or physics). Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II provides students with a two semester curriculum designed to meet this requirement. 

Chemistry for Science and Engineering Majors

Most engineering programs require one semester of General Chemistry. General Chemistry I is required in most cases.

Science students, such as physics majors, are normally required to take two semesters of General Chemistry.  Check with the four year institution that you plan on attending or that you currently attend to make sure of the specific degree requirements.



Updated August 22, 2013


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