2012 - 2013 Chemistry Program (CHEM)

Program Goals | Objectives | Program Requirements | Academic Major | Academic Minor | Teaching Major | Teaching Minor | Course Descriptions

Faculty: Frank Black, William Deutschman, Paul Hooker (Chair), Robyn Hyde, Tricia Shepherd

Program Goals

Objectives

The Chemistry Program offers an academic major leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree. In addition, the program offers an academic minor and a teaching minor in chemistry. The program provides (1) preparation for a professional career or graduate study in chemistry; (2) an understanding of basic chemistry concepts and experience in laboratory operations for those planning careers in related fields; (3) pre-professional study for those preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and nursing; and (4) for those who wish to teach at the secondary level.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.3 GPA or better in courses required in the academic major. Students choosing a double major or minor within the science program may not apply electives to more than one major or minor. Only classes listed under "required courses" that coincide between both majors/minors may be applied to both.

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course description.

Academic Major

To fulfill the requirements for a major in Chemistry, students must complete the following as well as demonstrate competency in MATH 141 and 142:

Liberal Education Courses Credit Hours
The Physical Sciences LE requirement is fulfilled by meeting major requirements.


 

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
Chemistry majors must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language. 8
 
II. Lower Division Chemistry Courses 8
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4
 
III. Upper Division Chemistry Courses 24
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 4
CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis and Lab 4
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 4
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 422 Physical Chemistry II and Lab 4
 
IV. Electives 10-12
Students must take two of the following three courses: 7-8
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (3)  
     
Students must choose an additional 3-4 credit hours of coursework from the following: 3-4
CHEM 300 Special Topics (2-4)  
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (3)  
CHEM 400 Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1-4)  
CHEM 401 Directed Studies (1-4)  
CHEM 430 Undergraduate Research (1-4)  
CHEM 440 Internship (1-2)  
 
V. Required Courses from Other Programs 20
MATH 201 Calculus I 4
MATH 202 Calculus II 4
PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab 4
PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab 4
PHYS 309 Mathematical Methods of Physics 4
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 70-72

Recommended Plan of Study for Chemistry

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year CHEM 111 CHEM 112
Sophomore Year CHEM 303
PHYS 211
MATH 201
CHEM 304
PHYS 212
MATH 202
Junior Year CHEM 306
CHEM Elective
PHYS 309
CHEM 320
Senior Year CHEM 421
CHEM Elective
CHEM 422
CHEM Elective

Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 16
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II and Lab 4
 
II. Electives 8
Choose four hours from the following: 4
CHEM 300 Special Topics (2–4)  
CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (3)  
CHEM 401 Directed Studies (1–4)  
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4)  
CHEM 422 Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4)  
CHEM 430 Undergraduate Research (1–4)  
CHEM 440 Internship (1–4)  
     
Choose at least four additional hours from the following: 4
CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4)  
CHEM 422 Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4)  
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 24

Teaching Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 12
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab 4
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab 4
CHEM 303 Organic Chemistry I and Lab 4
 
II. Electives 11-12
Choose three additional courses from:  
CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4)  
CHEM 306 Quantitative Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 307 Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4)  
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 350 Biochemistry and Lab (4)  
CHEM 370 Scientific Computing (3)  
CHEM 421 Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4)  
 
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE TEACHING MINOR 23-24