First Year Scheduling Recommendations
for Students Interested in the
Chemistry or Biochemistry Major
See "Preliminary Notes" in Arts & Sciences
for recommendations concerning a First Year Seminar and a Writing course.
- General Chemistry I (CHEM 141P) in the fall and General
Chemistry II (CHEM 142P) in the spring. These courses are only offered once a year and
must be taken in sequence.
- Students who have AP/IB or transfer credit for CHEM 141P may choose to decline
the credit and take the course at Stetson to build a better understanding of the
foundational materials covered in that course (students interested in Pre-Health or
going on to a graduate program sometimes choose to do this).
- Students who have AP/IB or transfer credit for both CHEM 141P and CHEM 142P may
decline credit for one or both and take the course(s) at Stetson or may
take CHEM 201 in the fall.
- Mathematics Courses: Chemistry and Biochemistry majors need to take calculus
courses up through Calculus II. The specific sequence of mathematics courses
and whether a course is taking during
the first semester depends on the whether credit is being brought in for Calculus I (MATH 141Q)
and the score earned on the Math Placement Exam.
- Student with credit for MATH 141Q from AP/IB exams or transfer credit should take
Calculus II (MATH 142Q) before the end of the first year. Students who have credit for
both MATH 141Q and MATH 142Q are not required to take any additional mathematics courses.
- Placement for students who do not have credit for MATH 141Q will be determined by the
Math Placement Exam.
The exam should be taken at the earliest possible time.
- If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are ready for MATH 141Q, then it is strongly
recommended that you
take MATH 141Q during your first semester, and MATH 142Q during your second semester.
- If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are ready for MATH 130, then it is strongly
recommended that you review topics that you did not do well on and retake the placement test
to qualify for MATH 141Q. There is a non-credit online review course that is available to
assist with this review (see Math Placement Exam
for details). If you are unable to qualify
for MATH 141Q by the start of the semester, then you should take MATH 130 during your first
semester, and MATH 131Q during your second semester.
- If the Math Placement Exam indicates that you are not ready for MATH 141Q or MATH 130, then
it is critical that you review topics that you did not do well on and retake the placement test.
There is a non-credit online review course that is available to assist with this review (see
Math Placement Exam
for details). It is very important to be able to take MATH 141Q (preferred)
or MATH 130 during your first semester.
It is recommended that Chemistry and Biochemistry majors enroll in no more than one laboratory course during their
first semester at Stetson.