Bachelor of Science

Chemistry is everywhere. It is used to create just about everything we use on a daily basis. From smartphones and medicines, to the very food we eat, chemistry makes our modern world possible.

At Georgia Gwinnett College, unique laboratory experiences provide insight on studying the synthesis, characterization, properties, and energetics of matter.  Students will have a foundation in general, organic, analytical, inorganic, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.

Chemistry majors gain hands-on experience in cutting-edge techniques with appropriate instrumentation and theoretical, computational frameworks. Students work on real-world applications through integrated lab courses, student research, and internships.

The study of chemistry is highly interdisciplinary, leading to exciting careers in areas such as nanotechnology, forensic science, biosciences, pharmaceuticals, nutrition, alternative energy, plastics, and environmental science. Students with a GGC bachelor’s degree in chemistry can find employment within these industries and as teachers at the high school level. A chemistry degree is also excellent preparation for graduate studies, chemistry education, and a variety of professional degrees including pharmacy, dentistry and medicine.

More information on employment opportunities for chemists can be found at the websites of the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the American Chemical Society.

The chemistry major offers three concentrations:

General Chemistry

This program has specifically been designed to train individuals entering the chemical industry upon graduation. Courses required for this concentration emphasize specific skills that will help graduates be competitive in an industrial workplace. This concentration allows for increased elective hours to pursue optional studies within chemistry or other disciplines. An internship experience at a local company is also suggested. View the general chemistry program plan (PDF).

Professional Chemistry

This concentration is specifically designed to emphasize theoretical applications and the mathematical underpinnings of chemistry. Such higher level courses/experiences include advanced math courses, calculus-based Physics, Physical Chemistry II, and a required research experience. Students graduating with the Professional concentration will be prepared to pursue further post-baccalaureate studies in a variety of fields. View the professional chemistry program plan (PDF)

Chemistry Teacher Certification

This concentration provides both depth of content knowledge and extensive preparation for dealing with the challenges of the 21st century secondary classroom. The concentration includes content courses that assure that students will have sufficient content knowledge in chemistry and related fields. It also includes coursework and experiences that will allow for the development of content, skills for teaching, and pedagogical and professional knowledge. This concentration is aligned with the National Science Teachers Association standards and will meet the requirements of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission. View the chemistry teacher certification program plan (PDF).

View the chemistry majors course catalog requirements under the School of Science and Technology.

See the Student Learning Outcomes for the chemistry program.

Chemistry Minor

The minor in chemistry is designed for the student who desires to broaden their primary bachelor’s degree with an additional emphasis in chemistry. A graduate with a minor in chemistry has considerable knowledge in chemistry beyond entry-level courses. All students not majoring in chemistry can earn a minor in chemistry.

Chemistry Minor Requirements

  • CHEM 2211K – Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory, 4 credit hours
  • At least fifteen (15) credits in chemistry after CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K are required, although more is allowed.
  • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM 2212K ) is optional.
  • Nine (9) or more credits in courses with a CHEM prefix at the 3000/4000 level.
  • At least one course must be a lab (which has the course number followed by a “K”) or be an integrated lab course (CHEM 4701,CHEM 4702).
  • Biochemistry (BCHM 3100K and/or BCHM 4100K ) may count.
  • Undergraduate Research Project (STEC 4500), Intro to Undergraduate Research (STEC 2500) and Chemistry Internship (CHEM 4800) may NOT count.

Note

Duplicated credit rule: Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 2211K and CHEM 2212K)can count as duplicate credit toward both the minor in chemistry and toward the student’s other degree or program at GGC. One course in the minor at the 3000/4000 level must be unique to the minor and not already be required/selected course in the major. This course would count in the elective area of that major.

All students minoring in chemistry, including non-science majors must take Principles of Chemistry I and II (CHEM 1211K and CHEM 1212K) for Area D. A student majoring in a field outside of the School of Science and Technology must choose those courses for Area D and not a different course sequence. Students are responsible for meeting all prerequisite requirements for the chemistry courses that they choose to take for a chemistry minor. A minimum grade of “C” or better must be earned in all of the courses.