Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Pre-Medicine: Chemistry Focus BS

The pre-medical education offered prepares students for the difficult Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and the rigors of medical school. Dedicated faculty academic advisors not only work closely with students in their tenure at USF, but also assist students in medical college admissions procedures.

Students completing the B.S. in Chemistry Pre-Medicine are positioned to go on to medical school. Graduates from USF have enrolled at some of the best medical schools in the nation. Students may choose to pursue other professional programs in the medical field.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.S. degree in Chemistry Pre-Medicine, USF students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the theory and application of the core discipline principles of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.
  • Apply a knowledge of experimental technique to design, carry out, record and analyze the results of hypothesis-driven research using modern instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the social responsibility and ethical dimensions of problems and issues facing scientists today.
  • Communicate the results of scientific research to chemists and non-chemists.
  • Demonstrate proper procedures and knowledge of regulations for safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Chemistry degree requires 128 credit hours:

  • 36-37 credit hours of Franciscan Core general education courses
  • 73 credit hours of prescribed courses in chemistry, biology, math, physics, and sociology
  • a minimum of 9 credit hours of directed electives in chemistry or biology, and
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The B.S. in Chemistry Pre-Medicine requires:

  • Major core, 66-69 credit hours: CHEM 141 (Prin Chem I), CHEM 142 (Prin Chem II), CHEM 241 (Organic Chem I), CHEM 242 (Organic Chem II), CHEM 333 (BioChem), CHEM 344 (Inorganic), CHEM 345 (Analytical), CHEM 348 (Adv. Organic) or 448 (Physical Chem II), CHEM 447 (Physical Chem I), SCIE 480 (Sci Seminar), CHEM 481 (Chem Seminar), BIOL 190 (Prin Biol I), BIOL 191 (Prin Biol II), BIOL 290 (Comp. Anat) or BIOL 271/2 (Mammal. A&PI ), BIOL 295 (Genetics), BIOL 350 (Cell), MATH 223 (Calc I), MATH 224 (Calc II), SCIE 257 (Physics I), SCIE 258 (Physics II), SCIE 450 (STEM Capstone), PSYC 121 (Gen Psyc) , SOCI 101 (Intro. Soc.)
  • Major Directed electives, 9 credit hours minimum from: BIOL 226, BIOL 344, BIOL 349 or 273 and 274, BIOL 366, BIOL 440, BIOL 471, BIOL 474, BIOL 465, CHEM 348, CHEM 448, CHEM 449, CHEM 496

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this rigorous program, it is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Chemistry Pre-Medical majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, and are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all science courses required by the major, including directed electives. These science courses may be repeated only once.

Graduation Requirements

Prior to graduation, Chemistry Pre-Medical majors are required to:

  • complete a nationalized exam by the end of their senior year,
  • complete an internship, participate in research or complete a significant project,
  • present publicly the results of their research, and
  • participate in a weekly science seminar each semester of enrollment.