Apr 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.S., Pre-Medicine Concentration


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​(Pre-Dental, Pre-Medical, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Podiatry, Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Pharmacy.)

Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Michele Hargittai, mhargittai@francis.edu, 814-472-2775
Coordinator: Dr. Edward Zovinka, ezovinka@francis.edu, 814-472-3373

Program Description:

The Chemistry major follows a curriculum that helps students acquire a strong foundation in basic concepts and principles of modern chemistry while gaining an appreciation of chemistry’s central role in society. All courses are taught and all research is facilitated by faculty members who are generous with their time and knowledge. Students can expect individual attention in their small lecture and laboratory classes. Course work is designed to help students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, laboratory, computer, data acquisition and analysis, and research skills needed to be successful in future endeavors. The Pre-Medicine Concentration meets the demands of the students who plan to supplement the bachelor’s degree by enrolling in a Medical School.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Department Learning Objectives

  1. Ability to use and read chemical formulas, nomenclature and chemical reactions and to do calculations involving stoichiometry, mixtures, solutions, solubility, and chemical equilibrium
  2. Ability to describe and recognize bonding, structure and stereochemistry and to predict organic reactions, mechanisms and synthesis
  3. Ability to explain how cells and organisms sense and control their internal environment and respond to change, and how molecular structure dictates function
  4. Ability to apply the laws of thermodynamics to evaluate conditions of chemical equilibrium and direction and rates of chemical reactions
  5. Ability to describe the chemistry of metallic and nonmetallic elements and their industrial importance and to apply valence bond, molecular orbital theories and group theory in order to understand the properties and chemistry of inorganic complexes
  6. Ability to read primary sources (peer reviewed literature) and verbally communicate chemical concepts effectively

Accreditation Statement:

The Saint Francis University Chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society to offer ACS certified degrees. ACS may be contacted at 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; (202)872-4600; www.acs.org.

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 4 years of full-time study

Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum

Courses Required for the Major: (80 credits)


American Chemical Society Certified Degree


To obtain an ACS certified degree, students must take the following classes with the associated laboratories: CHEM 121 CHEM 122 CHEM 192 CHEM 221 CHEM 222 CHEM 251 CHEM 292 CHEM 321 CHEM 322 CHEM 323 CHEM 324 CHEM 392 CHEM 398 /CHEM 399  Or CHEM 499 CHEM 405 , and TWO additional CHEM electives (CHEM 305 CHEM 308 CHEM 401 CHEM 404 CHEM 407 CHEM 410 CHEM 501 ). 

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