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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A.

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About the B.A. in Chemistry

These degrees prepare students for

  • Direct entry into the chemical professions, including research careers
  • Entry into graduate school in chemistry or related physical or biological
  • Further training in the health professions, including medicine
  • Entry into a special 3+2 or 4+2 combined program in Forensic Science, Engineering or Optometry
  • Secondary education including certification
  • Internship opportunities
  • Opportunities to study abroad at some of the top universities around the world

Proven Formula for Inspired Learning

Sometimes our greatest power lies in the questions we ask rather than the answers we already know. As a Chemistry or Physics student at Arcadia, you’ll tap into this scientific curiosity and enjoy unique opportunities to:

  • Engage in publishable research.
  • Perform customized lab work where you’ll play a central role.
  • Combine your science studies with other academic paths.
  • Present your research at local and national scientific meetings.

As you take your first college step toward a professional career, it’s important to be challenged but also to know that your professors are by your side. You’ll find this at Arcadia and discover the true scientist in yourself.

Arcadia’s Chemistry programs provide a working knowledge of the concepts that underlie chemical and physical phenomena. Each course develops the ability to solve real scientific problems quantitatively using structural models, mechanisms and the integrated application of physicochemical principles. Technological and cultural scientific problems—such as environmental pollution, energy resources and conservation of natural resources—are explored, along with material in astronomy, geology, chemistry and physics.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Students who receive the Bachelor of Arts degree select one of three areas of concentration.

  • Chemical Professions Concentration: For students who expect to qualify for entry positions in chemistry, allied professions such as information science, or secondary education. This concentration is most often chosen by students in the combined Engineering program who elect a chemistry major.
  • Health Professions Concentration: For students interested in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, optometry and the paramedical professions.
  • Forensic Science Concentration: For students who intend to pursue graduate study in Forensic Science, either at Arcadia or elsewhere.
  • Pre-Optometry Option: A combined program (3+4) with Salus University (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Optometry).

Requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry

(65-69 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum requirements and electives to total 128 credits)

Common Curriculum for All Concentrations

Nine courses in Chemistry

One course in Mathematics

Additional Requirements

Depending on the concentration selected students must complete one of the following set of requirements:

Chemical Professions (24 additional credits)

  1. Three additional Chemistry courses
  2. A minimum of two electives in other science fields

Health Professions (28 additional credits)

  1. Six courses in Biology
  2. One additional Chemistry course

Forensic Science (28 additional credits)

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