Oct 18, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 10-03-17) 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog (As of 10-03-17) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone: 843.953.5587
Pamela Riggs-Gelasco, Chair

About the Department

Chemistry is often referred to as the “central science.” It is important to anyone seeking a career in the sciences. It is also a wonderful component in a liberal arts education.

Many chemistry majors elect to continue their education by attending graduate or professional schools. For these students, as well as those wishing to directly enter the chemical industry, the bachelor of science degree is highly recommended. For students planning to attend medical, dental, veterinary or pharmacy schools, the bachelor of science degree is recommended; but these students may find that the bachelor of arts program allows more flexibility. Students pursuing a minor in secondary education usually opt for the bachelor of arts program.

The biochemistry degree program provides a firm foundation for further graduate study in biochemistry, chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, and other biochemistry-based life sciences, as well as providing a rigorous course of study for students who pursue professional careers in medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy. In addition, students who elect not to continue their education would find themselves well prepared for technical positions in the biotechnology industry as well as the more traditional chemical, pharmaceutical, health-care, forensic and environmental fields.


  1. All junior and senior chemistry majors are strongly encouraged to attend the scheduled departmental seminars.
  2. Students who have taken PHYS 101 -PHYS 102 Introductory Physics II  before declaring a chemistry or biochemistry major may satisfy this requirement by taking additional related courses. Please see the department chair for the list of courses.
  3. CHEM 481 /CHEM 482 Introductory Research II  is also recommended.