University of Southern Indiana

Degrees and Programs

American Chemical Society approved programChemistry serves students who wish to prepare themselves for industrial work or graduate study in chemistry as well as those who wish to satisfy the science requirements in the University Core Curriculum for the baccalaureate degree; to meet pre-professional requirements in many fields such as medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy, and nursing; or to fulfill the requirements in chemistry for certification as secondary school teachers in the state of Indiana. Professional and pre-professional programs are designed to develop a strong background in the basic areas of chemistry.

Biochemistry provides students the opportunity to earn an interdisciplinary baccalaureate degree separate from the currently existing degrees in chemistry and biology. Biochemistry involves the scientific study of the chemistry of living systems their fundamental chemical substances and reactions their chemical pathways and information transfer systems with reference to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. 

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For more information including suggested four year plans, please see Advising Information

Name Hours Courses Checksheet
Biochemistry, ACS Approved 74
Biochemistry, Non-ACS Approved 76-80
Chemistry, ACS Approved 70
Chemistry, Non-ACS Approved 58-59
Science Teaching 44-65
Name Hours Courses Checksheet
Biochemistry 39
Chemistry 27-28
Science Teaching, Elementary Education 22

Pre-Professional Curricula

Students who aspire to professional careers requiring additional training beyond the bachelor's degree usually major in biology, biochemistry, or chemistry, though other majors are possible. Pre-professional curricula (which are not majors) are available in the areas listed below.

Pre-Chiropractic Pre-Dentistry
Pre-Medical Laboratory Sciences Pre-Medicine
Pre-Optometry Pre-Pharmacy
Pre-Physcial Therapy Pre-Physician Assistant
Pre-Veterinary Pre-Podiatry

Baccalaureate/Doctor of Medicine Program
The Bachelor of Medicine, B/MD program is a dual program offered through the University of Southern Indiana and the Indiana University School of Medicine. Accepted applicants receive full undergraduate tuition to USI and a provisional seat at the IU School of Medicine. Additional prerequisites may be required. (more information)

Core 39
In addition to the departmental degree requirements, undergraduate students must complete the University Core 39. Our core provides the foundation for all baccalaureate degrees at the University of Southern Indiana. A university education prepares individuals to live wisely in a diverse and global community by helping students acquire both discipline-specific competence and broader knowledge and skills that reach across disciplines. View the classes included in Core 39 or talk to your advisor for more information.


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