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2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-21 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.A.

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About the Degree

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.

Areas of Concentration

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).


(63-71 credits as listed below, with Undergraduate Curriculum  requirements and electives to total 128 credits)

Common Curriculum for All Concentrations

Seven Chemistry courses

One Mathematics course

Additional Requirements

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

Chemical Professions (24 additional credits)

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

Health Professions (32 additional credits)

  1. Six courses in Biology
  2. Two additional Chemistry courses

Forensic Science (32 additional credits)

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