How much chemistry?

  1. How much chemistry do MOST schools require? Is 8 hours enough? For my BSN I will be only required 8 hrs chemistry. I think Intro to Chemistry and General Chem I will suffice for that requirement. Will that be enough for most programs? I know it varies by program, but for those of you already in, how much chemistry did you guys have?
    Initially I was planning on taking Gen Chem II and Org Chem I and II, but if I don't have to I won't. Save some time and $$.

    Thanks
    •  
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   Nemhain
    Some of the schools in my area want students to take two semesters of Chemistry, but at each school it's different; some want BioChem, others want Organic Chem, but most want Gen Chem. Personally, I don't think anyone can go wrong with Gen. Chem. 'cause it seems to be the most popular requirement that I've heard of. Usually, 8 hrs seems to be enough.
  4. by   nitro23
    I think the more chemistry the better but I think you need, bio, organic and inorganic to be well rounded. Physics is definitely a plus as well.
  5. by   smelendez
    Wow, I'm sure biochem, organic, plus physics will make a well rounded applicant and will definitely look good on application. All those would put me back 1-2 years though. When I'm ready to apply, with 1 year of gen chem only, I should have the minimum requirements. Probably not the best application compared to others but at least the minimum. If I don't get accepted then I can spend the next year beefing up my application. Does that make sense?
  6. by   apaisRN
    The most common requirement I came across was 8 hrs total, to include inorganic chemisty and either organic chem of biochem. No need to kill yourself taking all those unless the school you want requires it.
  7. by   Princess74
    My school has a course called Health Science Chemisrty. Its general, organic, bio, and inorganic all in one class.(and yes it will make you want to bang your head into a wall) You have to take 2 semesters of it, 8 credits total. I actually dropped the class because I didn't understand ANY of it. Too bad it will probably keep me from getting a BSN.

    NO Chemistry = ASN, not BSN
  8. by   oldnurse newnurse
    Quote from smelendez
    How much chemistry do MOST schools require? Is 8 hours enough? For my BSN I will be only required 8 hrs chemistry. I think Intro to Chemistry and General Chem I will suffice for that requirement. Will that be enough for most programs? I know it varies by program, but for those of you already in, how much chemistry did you guys have?
    Initially I was planning on taking Gen Chem II and Org Chem I and II, but if I don't have to I won't. Save some time and $$.

    Thanks
    I'm not quite sure where you are but here in Illinois I had to have 12 semester hours of chemistry for my BSN program. And it drove me to :beercuphe drink.
  9. by   smelendez
    The BSNs I'm looking at only require 4 hrs of general chemistry! The one I really like is all online, done in 2 semesters, 30 credit hours. (texas tech health science center)
    Any other chemistry I take will be beyond that.

close