Jul 18, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry - Biochemistry Concentration B.S.

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Michael Nosek
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Christopher Cratsley (Biology) Dennis Awasabisah (Chemistry) Elizabeth Kirkpatrick (Biology)
Margaret Hoey (Biology) Emma Downs (Chemistry)  
Ronald Krieser (Biology) Steven Fiedler (Chemistry)  
John Ludlam (Biology) Lisa Grimm (Biology)  
Michael Nosek (Biology) Ronald Krieser (Biology)  
Christopher Picone (Biology) Mathangi Krishnamurthy (Chemistry)  
  Erin Rehrig (Biology)
Aisling O’Connor (Chemistry)  
Sean Rollins (Biology) Billy Samulak (Biology)  
Daniel Welsh (Biology) Eric Williams (Biology)  

Objectives for the Program in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science degree programs in chemistry are available for students who intend to pursue graduate studies, secondary school teaching, or a professional career in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related industry. The programs provide a strong background in the modern areas of chemistry including biochemistry with emphasis on hands-on laboratory work. They also provide the opportunity for exceptionally talented students to conduct independent research under the guidance of the faculty. The degree programs will also prepare students for further education in health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, optometry and other health professions provided they take other pre-requisite courses.

Program Curriculum Requirements

The Biochemistry Concentration in Chemistry gives students a strong grounding in chemistry with a focus on biochemistry. This is an appropriate concentration for students interested in a wide variety of careers including but not limited to: laboratory scientist positions in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, science writing careers, and health professions. This degree will prepare students for further education in chemistry, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and other health professions, provided they complete all the prerequisite courses for post-graduate work. The emphasis on biochemistry is particularly helpful for those interested in health sciences and the hands-on experience benefits those interested in pursuing Ph.D. degrees in biochemistry, biotechnology or related fields.

Additional Requirement

Chemistry majors must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II.  If a grade below 2.0 is earned in General Chemistry I, the course must be repeated before enrolling in General Chemistry II.  Chemistry majors are limited to two attempts in General Chemistry I and two attempts in General Chemistry II including the grade of W.

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