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Chemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Saint Petersburg, FL, United States
We have chemistry to thank for so many things – from the bacteria-killing chlorine in our water to the semiconductors in our smartphones. Chemistry literally makes modern life possible. 
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Eckerd College’s chemistry curriculum begins with a two-semester general chemistry sequence which introduces students to modern chemical theory and applications in a variety of areas. The laboratory experiments accompanying these courses reinforce concepts studied in the classroom, and develop techniques for more advanced scientific work. Extensive use is made of both traditional chemical techniques as well as modern instrumentation. In both general chemistry courses, numerical problem solving is stressed in the classroom and quantitative measurements are emphasized in the laboratory. Our chemistry majors usually enroll in calculus their first year too.

In the sophomore year, students take a two-semester sequence in organic chemistry and, for chemistry majors, a two-semester sequence in physics. The organic courses introduce students to structures and reactions of carbon compounds and help develop an understanding of reaction mechanisms. The laboratory work for organic chemistry includes the synthesis of organic compounds and the use of infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopies.

During their junior and senior years, chemistry majors take more advanced courses such as physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, instrumental analysis, biochemistry, and advanced inorganic and advanced organic chemistry. These courses build on concepts learned the first two years to provide students the background in chemistry needed to be competitive in graduate school, medical school, or in an industrial setting.

A major feature of our chemistry program is active involvement by students. Before graduation, students learn to use instrumental methods including gas and liquid chromatography, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry. But technical competence in the laboratory is only one goal. The faculty encourages students to become creative and independent researchers. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to work with the faculty on research projects during the school year or the summer. For B.S. chemistry majors, the senior year culminates in an independent research project, either in the form of a senior thesis, if invited, or a special project working with one or more faculty members.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Evironmental Chemistry
  • General Chemistry 
  • Integrated General Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Instrumental Analysis
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

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General Requirements

  • Common Application or Eckerd College Application
  • $40 Application Fee
  • Official Test Scores (SAT or ACT): SAT code: 5223/ ACT code: 0731
  • Official High School Transcript and/or G.E.D. results
  • Admission Recommendation Letter
  • Personal Essay

Tuition Fee

  • International

    42428 USD/year
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    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    42428 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 42428 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Saint Petersburg

  • 1132 - 1750 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Financial aid and scholarships are available through an ambitious financial aid program that benefits about 96% of Eckerd students. Approximately $43 million in financial aid was awarded last year. Assistance packages may include a combination of scholarships, grants, work aid, and loans. The average award last year from all sources was $26,000 and the range was from $1,000 to $42,000.

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