Chemistry Major


Visit the Online Undergraduate Catalog for an explanation of graduation requirements.

The chemistry major requires a minimum of 30 credits in chemistry plus 22 credits in math and physics. Students with a double major in biology and chemistry may substitute CHM 310 and 315 for CHM 321 and 322 and a mathematics requirement of MTH 113 or 115 or equivalent. It is also recommended that students take CHM 315, 342, 351, 401 and a computer programming course. The chemistry major leads to the bachelor of arts degree.


*For the authoritative source on academic requirements and courses, please consult the academic catalog.


Chemistry Major Courses

CHEM111 General Chemistry I (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.)
CHEM112 General Chemistry II (4 Credits)
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of the periodic table, atomic structure, bond types, molecular geometry, reaction rates, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three hours lab per week.) (Offered fall and spring semesters respectively.)
MATH115 Calculus I (4 Credits)
The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced. Prerequisite: MTH 111 or equivalent background. (Offered fall semester.)
MATH116 Calculus II (4 Credits)
Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions. Prerequisite: MTH 115. (Offered spring semester.)
PHYS200 University Physics I (4 Credits)
A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newton’s laws of motion; conservation laws for momentum, energy, and angular momentum; torques and static equilibrium; simple harmonic motion. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: High school physics or PHYS 102, and high school mathematics through calculus or currently enrolled in MATH 115.
CHEM201 Organic Chemistry I (4 Credits)
A two-tiered approach to organic chemistry is taken. CHM 201 is a one semester survey of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Basic structure, bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, properties, and reactions of organic molecules are examined. The second course (CHM 301) covers the same topics, but to a much greater extent and theoretical depth. Major emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and much new material is covered especially in the areas of spectroscopy, bonding theory, and structure/proerty relationships. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHM 112 or equivalent. (Offered fall semester.)
PHYS210 University Physics II (4 Credits)
Continuation of PHYS 200 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwell’s equations; and geometrical and physical optics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.) Prerequisite: MATH 115 and PHYS 200
MATH217 Multivariable Calculus (3 Credits)
The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem. Prerequisite: MTH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
MATH218 Differential Equations (3 Credits)
First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms. Prerequisite: MTH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
CHEM301 Organic Chemistry II (4 Credits)
A continuation of CHM 201. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHM 201 or equivalent. (Offered spring semester.)
CHEM305 Quantitative Chemical Analysis (4 Credits)
The study of acid-base, precipitation, redox, and complex-forming theory through titrations, gravimetric precipitations, and instrumental techniques. The use of the more common analytical instruments will be included in the laboratory. (Two hours lecture and six hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHM 112. PHY 120, 210 are strongly recommended. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
CHEM321 Physical Chemistry I (4 Credits)
An introduction to the basic principles of theoretical chemistry with emphasis on thermodynamics and kinetics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHM 112, MTH 217, and PHY 210. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
CHEM322 Physical Chemistry II (4 Credits)
A quantitative understanding of atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics is presented through the applications of introductory quantum mechanics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: MTH 217, MTH 218, CIS 140, PHY 210. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
CHEM409 Seminar In Chemistry (2 Credits)
Introduction to research literature and exploration of new chemical frontiers. Reports on individual library research and discussion of them. Prerequisite: CHM 301 and 310 or 322. (Offered Spring semester.)

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Engineering Triple Degree Program

The Triple Degree (3-3) program offers direct entry into the graduate engineering program at Washington University in St. Louis. Graduates will receive a BA in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College, a BS in Engineering and a MS in Engineering from Washington University.

Triple Degree (3-3) program graduates will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Chemistry or Biology from Greenville College, a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Master of Science in Engineering from Washington University. The GRE is not required for admission. Generous scholarships are available for both domestic and international students including 50 percent of tuition during the first year, 55 percent of tuition during the second year and 60 percent of tuition during the third and final year of a student's enrollment at Washington University.

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The successful Pre-Medicine student usually majors in both biology and chemistry. This includes completing Calculus I, and two semesters of physics, plus all the required general education courses. All of the courses help prepare you for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), which is generally taken in the spring of the junior year. The extensive application to medical school is completed in the summer between the junior and senior year.

The Medical Career

Students interested in serving God and the world through the medical profession typically get specialty training to become a physician through either the doctor of medicine (MD) or a doctor of osteopathy (DO) degrees. Both training methods have the same licensing priveleges.

Enjoyment of problem solving is a must, for the good physician is foremost a problem solver. One must also be able to delay gratification for many years, since the average time of training from undergraduate through residency is 11-13 years. The rewards, however, are many for those willing to commit to the rigors of training.

Greenville gives the student a good start in the training process, through an educational program with proven success, and a faculty that supports and cares for the development of the whole student. Greenville is uniquely equipped to prepare you for a meaningful life and success in your career. An indication of the quality of Greenville's program is that, of those Pre-Med students graduating in the past 15 years, at least a half dozen have joined other alumni who are now medical school faculty members, including one who is a founding editor of the Journal of Maternal & Fetal Medicine.

The Greenville Education

Greenville College has had success preparing students for admission into medical school because of the following:

  • Strong academic preparation. In the laboratory, students are expected to use major pieces of equipment often found only at much larger institutions and reserved for graduate programs. The college has a strong and balanced science and math division. The pre-professional student takes courses designed for majors bound for graduate school in each of the disciplines. There are no abbreviated courses simply to meet minimum professional school requirements.
  • Supportive faculty. Faculty will take a personal interest in the student, both in and out of the classroom. Upper division classes are small, with much individual instruction. The pre-med advisor takes students to medical school seminars to learn about current admission procedures.
  • Personal growth. The college strives to educate servant leaders, encouraging participation in activities that will aid the student in understanding and preparing for a lifetime in a service profession.
  • A recent report of the "Council on Medical Education" encouraged medical schools to look for the broadly educated applicant. Greenville's liberal arts tradition gives that broad perspective for which medical schools are looking.

Medical Admission Requirements

Most pre-med students major in either biology, chemistry, or both. However, no particular major is necessary for entrance into medical school. The core of courses required are:

  • 1 year of biology
  • 1 year of general chemistry
  • 1 year of organic chemistry
  • Biochemistry recommended
  • Calculus
  • 1 year of physics
  • General education courses that give a broad understanding of life
  • Successful scores on the MCAT (medical college admission test)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A strong GPA

We strongly recommend more biology; thus the biology major is a good preparation for entrance into medical school. Further courses which prove helpful are cell biology, microbiology, genetics, general physiology, and vertebrate morphogenesis. All of the courses recommended or required have successfully prepared many students in the past for medical schools all over the country.

Greenville's composite letter of recommendation is much appreciated by medical schools. The composite letter is written by professors who know the students personally and have counseled them in their health career. It is compiled by the science division and sent to each of the medical schools to which the student wishes to apply.

Greenville College BA in Biology degree with Pre-Med emphasis

In addition to the courses listed under medical admission requirements, the student will need to complete a biology major and general education requirements to graduate from Greenville College. Courses not previously listed that are required for the biology major are botany, cell biology, and senior seminar. A total of 32 credits are required for a major in biology. General education requirements for graduation in addition to previously listed courses are:

  • 1 year of English
  • 1 course in communication
  • 1 course in philosophy
  • 1 course in behavioral science
  • 1 course in history, and an additional history or behavioral science course
  • 1 course in fine arts
  • Language proficiency or equivalent to 3 semesters of college foreign language
  • 2 designated religion classes (Bible and Culture, Faith and Learning)
  • 4 credits in physical education


Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations for teachers.

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Nursing Partnerships

The purpose of the pre-nursing curriculum at Greenville College is to prepare you for admission into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or co-enrollment in an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) to graduate with an ADN as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.

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Pre-Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

What is a Physician Assistant?

The Physician Assistant (PA) is an academically and clinically prepared health practitioner. The PA provides services under the direction and supervision of a doctor of medicine or osteopathy in a variety of medical services and settings.

The functions of the PA include performing diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative activities and services to allow more effective use of the physician's knowledge, skills and abilities.

The PA will take medical histories, order laboratory tests, determine treatment, give medical advice, counsel patients, perform physical exams, diagnose common illnesses, assist in surgery and promote wellness.


Preparation for Entrance into PA Training

Most of the 80 PA training programs in the country that complete the educational and clinical preparation to be a PA are upper division 24-27 month programs. The student must fulfill entrance requirements and apply for entrance into the program the year prior to admittance. Greenville College is very able to provide the educational component necessary for entrance.

Greenville has a strong science division where required science classes provide a background necessary for future clinical training. Greenville tries to educate the whole person, which gives the student a better understanding of themselves and a broad understanding of people.

The liberal arts components of Greenville gives the student a world view and information that will enhance the patient/PA relationship. Our emphasis on building servant leaders provides good modeling and training for the PA. Jesus Christ, the greatest healer, is taught about and emulated on campus.


Requirements for Admission into most PA Training Programs:

General education requirements frequently include three classes in english and communication, four classes in humanities, religion, and philosophy and several classes in behavioral science.


Specific Requirements:

  • General Chemistry (with labs) - 8 credits
  • General Biology - 8 credits
  • Microbiology - 4 credits
  • Medical Terminology
  • Psychopathology - 4 credits
  • Statistics - 4 credits



  • Developmental Psychology - 4 credits
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - 4 credits
  • General Physiology - 4 credits

Computer literacy is often expected and practical medical experience is always expected.

The student will need to be sure that the required courses for the PA school of their choice are taken.


PA School Admission Competition

The student should be aware of strong competition around the country for positions in PA schools. An average of seven applications exist for each opening. Therefore, students need to be certain that all the prerequisites for entrance into the school of their choice are completed.

Most schools have a requirement of hands-on medical experience, either volunteer or paid. So, students need to get CNA or emergency training or volunteer to help with patient care in some way before attempting to be admitted into a PA program. This training could be accomplished during the first two academic years.



Greenville College is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as several other academic affiliations.

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Pre-Medical Technology

The pre-medical technology training must include courses in biology and microbiology, and 3 years of chemistry. Chemistry courses past the general chemistry should be organic, quantitative analysis, instrumental analysis, and possibly 1 semester of physical chemistry, a college math class and general education requirements for graduation.

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Dietetics and Pre-Pharmacy require a strong chemistry component to the education. The biology courses should include cell biology, microbiology, and physiology. Courses that aid the student in communication are highly recommended. The dietitian needs several behavioral science courses since much of their role is often motivating people to change their life patterns of eating. Students will need to leave Greenville after a year or two, or plan to pursue that career in a graduate program.

Career Opportunities

  • Chemist
  • Chemistry Lab Assistant
  • Chemistry Professor
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