Required Chemistry Courses

Many disciplines require chemistry courses.

Allied Health Professions

The following programs require 1 semester of chemistry:

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 2 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 2nd year of taking chemistry or their 3rd 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. If you want to do well on the MCAT, you need to complete these courses before taking this test.

Chemistry for Non-Science Majors

Most degree programs in Business require 8 hours in a single lab science (biology, chemistry, geology or physics). Fundamentals of Chemistry I and II will provide a 2-semester curriculum designed to meet this requirement. 

Chemistry for Science and Engineering Majors

Most engineering programs require 1 semester of General Chemistry. General Chemistry I is required in most cases.

If you are a science student–for example, a physics majors–you are likely required to take 2 semesters of General Chemistry. Check with the 4-year institution that you plan to attend or that you currently attend to make sure of the specific degree requirements.



Updated April 28, 2016


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