College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Chemistry and Physics

Chemistry students carefully mixing chemicals in a beaker.
Chemistry students testing different chemical reaction in a tray using a dropper.

The Department of Chemistry and PhysicsAbout the Major

The Chemistry major Biochemistry track is designed to provide both the conceptual framework and the practical experience necessary to prepare students for careers in the biomedical field, chemistry or related fields, as well as graduate school in Biochemistry. In addition, this major provides excellent preparation for students planning to attend medical, dental, or pharmacy school upon graduation. This track also provides flexibility for a student who might want to earn a double major. Students will:

  • Develop a strong, broad-based conceptual understanding of the fundamental principles of chemistry.
  • Master specific laboratory techniques in analytical, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry.
  • Apply conceptual learning and lab techniques through undergraduate research experience.
  • Analyze, criticize and summarize research projects from inception to completion.
  • Develop scientific communication skills in both oral and writing though publication and presentation, in both course work and professional venues.
  • Execute critical thinking skills through related coursework and research experience that will enable problem-solving abilities.

Course Requirements

Bachelor in BiochemistryCareer Paths

Graduates from JU’s Chemistry programs have found success in a variety of careers. Many go on to graduate and professional schools, specializing in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and neuroscience. Some of the employers JU Chemistry alumni work with include Task, Merck & Co., South Florida Water Management, Jackson Memorial Hospital, and Exxon.

A degree in Chemistry prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of field, including:

    • Chemical Analysis
    • Molecular Biology
    • Education
    • Forensics
    • Medical Research
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemical Preparation
    • Toxicology
    • Environmental Science
    • Science Journalism
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Pharmacy

About Our Minor

The Chemistry minor is a great addition to a degree program for any student wanting to pursue a career in the sciences. While successfully paired with any major on campus, the majority of our minors major in biology, marine science, physics, math and computing science. The 20-credit minor provides a solid foundation in chemistry with 12 credits of required courses and 8 credits of upper-level chemistry electives.

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Contact Information Department of Chemistry & Physics

Merritt Penticoff 132
Jacksonville University
2800 University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Phone: (904) 256-7325

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