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2021-2022

Chemistry with a concentration in chemical science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Chemistry Track (Germanna Community College)
Germanna Community College
Germanna Community College
Program description

The curriculum in chemistry prepares students for graduate study in chemistry and related fields and for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine. It prepares students to teach in secondary schools or to work in chemical and industrial laboratories and in related fields of business and industry.


With the proper selection of electives, the degree satisfies admission requirements to most professional school such as schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.


The biochemistry concentration focuses on the biological aspects of chemistry, including molecular genetics and molecular biotechnology.


The chemical modeling concentration emphasizes areas of overlap between chemistry and the mathematical sciences and computer science. Students in this concentration will focus on learning the chemistry and computer technology for modeling the structure, properties and reactivity of molecules.


The chemical science concentration is tailored for the pre-professional study of the health sciences and other interdisciplinary areas where an emphasis on chemistry is sought. This concentration for the bachelor's degree in chemistry permits students to select more courses from other disciplines. With fewer requirements in mathematics, physics and chemistry, this concentration is one option for students planning to study medicine or dentistry.


The professional chemist concentration requires a greater number of chemistry courses, and is designed for students whose future studies or career plans involve chemistry as a central theme. With the proper combination of courses, this degree can be certified as meeting the requirements of the American Chemical Society.


The capstone requirement includes upper level lecture and upper level laboratory courses to include a research component.

Career opportunities
The employment pathways for chemical professionals can be divided into five main sectors: industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship.  Within each of these sectors, areas of career opportunity include research and development, quality control/regulatory, environment and health, law and policy, manufacturing,  education, military and law enforcement, and technical communication. Common skills include science, critical thinking, reading, active listening, mathematics, and both deductive and inductive reasoning. Technical skills are highly preferred in areas such as analytical/scientific software, computer aided design (CAD), databases/query software, graphics, and Office suite. With the proper selection of electives, the degree satisfies admission requirements to most schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine.
Bachelor-level job titles
  • Business Intelligence Analysts
  • Chemical Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Food Technologist
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Operations Research Analysts
  • Quality Control Analysts
  • Regulatory Affairs Specialists
  • Secondary School Teachers
  • Survey Researchers
  • Technical Writers
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Chemist
  • College Professor
  • Material Scientist
  • Research Director
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

Transfer Advising Request


Office of Admissions

Telephone: (804) 828-1222 or (800) 841-3638

Email: ugrad@vcu.edu


Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Highest level of math required
  • MATH 201 or higher
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0+ cumulative GPA

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2021-2022

Chemistry with a concentration in chemical science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Chemistry Track)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE GET REAL EXPERIENCE PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
Explore Year 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to chemistry through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
Experience Year 2
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Chemistry department-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Get involved with a student or professional organization.
  • Visit career services to begin cultivating your own virtual brand across all social media profiles.
  • Browse careers related to chemistry through the career coach.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Create Linkedln profile.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Chemistry department-related events.
  • Become familiar with OMSA at VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL and learn about REAL graduation requirement.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Explore the types of aid available at VCU.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.

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2021-2022

Chemistry with a concentration in chemical science, Bachelor of Science (accelerated masters degree option)

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Chemistry Track)

Germanna Community College courses
Course Title Equivalent course Credits Requirements
SDV 100 College Success Skills UNIV 101 1 Elective
ENG 111 College Composition I UNIV 111-112 3 General education
Lab Science CHM 111 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 101 4 Major (Ancillary)
MTH/Transfer elective MTH 167 Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162) MATH 151 5 General education
History elective History elective (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST 3 General education
ENG 112 College Composition  II UNIV 200 3 General education
MTH 263 Calculus I MATH 200 4 Major (Ancillary)
Lab Science CHM 112 General Chemistry I CHEM/Z 102 4 Major
Humanities/PHI Humanities: select any PHI (Philosophy) course VCU equivalent 3 General education
Social Science Social Science (select 1): ECO 201, 202, PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, PLS 241 VCU equivalent 3 General education
MTH 264 Calculus II MATH 201 4 Major (Ancillary)
CHM 241 Organic Chemistry I CHEM 301 3 Major
CHM 245 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory CHEZ 301 2 Major
Social Science Social Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, PLS 241 VCU equivalent 3 General education
Humanities Humanities(select 1): ART 101, 102, 106, HUM 100 or any REL or PHI VCU equivalent 3 General education
CHM 242 Organic Chemistry II CHEM 302 3 Major
CHM 246 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory CHEZ 302 2 Major
Capstone Science Capstone Presentation VCU equivalent 1 Major
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts INFO 160, 161, 162 3 Elective
MTH 265 Calculus III MATH 307 4 Elective
Germanna credits transferred to VCU 61
VCU courses
Course Title Credits Requirements
Foreign language through the 102 level.   (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school.  Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8 General education (not waived by associate degree)
CHEM 309 + CHEZ 309 Quantitative Analysis and Laboratory 5 Major
CHEM 313 or CHEM 314 Physical Chemistry I or Physical Chemistry with Math Modules 3 to 4 Major
CHEZ 313 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory 2 Major
CHEM 315 Physical Chemistry II 3 Major
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry I 3 Major
CHEM 398 Professional Practices and Perspectives Seminar 1 Major
CHEM 499 Capstone 0 Major
To complete the Capstone experience, choose at least one two-credit 400-level CHEZ course or two credits of CHEM 392 or CHEM 492 and at least one three-credit 400- or 500-level CHEM course. See VCU advisor for course options. 5 Major
PHYS 201 or PHYS 207 General Physics I or University Physics I 4 to 5 Major (Ancillary)
PHYS 202 or PHYS 208 General Physics II or University Physics II 4 to 5 Major (Ancillary)
STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics (or STAT 212) 3 Major (Ancillary)
Upper-level elective (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU. 9 Elective
Electives 6 to 15 Elective
Credits completed at VCU 59
Bachelor's degree total 120