Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
The Departments of Biology and Chemistry collaboratively offer the interdisciplinary major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as an academic focus opportunity for students at the interface where biology and chemistry overlap. Successful completion of the BMB major also satisfies the CLA Additional Depth of Understanding Requirement and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. In this major, biologists and chemists come together to explore life at the cellular and molecular level by applying the molecular concepts of chemistry to the complex processes that exist within living biological systems. This program is designed to prepare students for advanced study in the biological sciences, for professional study in a health field, or for a career in science or science education.
The role of the Department of Chemistry is to foster the development of students in the understanding of the chemical foundations that are central to chemical, physical, and biological sciences. The Department of Chemistry offers a Chemistry major program that leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. A student may elect a program that will result in American Chemical Society certification in chemistry or certification in biochemistry. To meet the requirements for certification in chemistry, coursework must include: BMB 465; at least three credit hours chosen from CHM 411, 421, 431, 481/481L; and CHM 401 and 402. For certification in biochemistry, coursework must include: BMB 465 and BMB 466; four credit hours of advanced lab chosen from CHM 401, 402, BMB 465L, and BMB 467; and one additional course in Biology chosen from BIO 303, 310, and 460.
The Department of Chemistry and the Stetson School of Business and Economics collaboratively offer majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Commerce. This program has been designed for students interested in the interface where chemistry and business overlap. The majors in Chemical Commerce are designed to expand and enrich undergraduate educational learning outcomes by incorporating a rigorous scientific experience with the business acumen to succeed within the global market. Besides an array of chemistry courses to develop students’ understanding in the chemical foundations, the business component has paths of study focused in accounting, economics or business management to develop the administrative, analytical, decision-making, and communication skills to be successful in the business world. This program is designed to prepare students for a career in science, technology or medical business; for professional study in a health field; or professional study in a business related field.
Chemical commerce degree program options include: the interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Chemical Commerce with an emphasis in Accounting, the interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Chemical Commerce with an emphasis in Accounting, the interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Chemical Commerce with an emphasis in Business Management, the interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Chemical Commerce with an emphasis in Business Management, the interdisciplinary B.A. degree in Chemical Commerce with an emphasis in Economics, and the interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Chemical Commerce with an emphasis in Economics. Successful completion of any these degrees also fulfills the Additional Depth of Understanding requirement in the College of Liberal Arts.