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Bachelor of Science Degree • School of Arts and Sciences


Chemistry Major


Program Details



With its roots in ancient Egyptian alchemy and the medieval search for the philosopher's stone, modern chemistry is the study of the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter at both the macroscopic and atomic levels. Students choosing chemistry as their major field of study will learn to understand and appreciate the physical world as a manifestation of its smallest molecular parts, both through abstract theoretical models and in direct laboratory experimentation.

Through participation in a discipline that often occupies a central and unifying role in contemporary science programs, the student of chemistry is especially well equipped to pursue professional careers in medicine, industry, and teaching. During the course of their study, majors will have opportunities to:
  • perform and present original research of their own,
  • engage in a culture and tradition of inquiry that is simultaneously rigorous and rewarding, and
  • take part in a variety of collaborations with the faculty.
Exceptional students may also elect to pursue the degree with Honors.1 Flexibility within the major allows the student and adviser to design a program of study based on one of the following available concentrations:

The General Concentration is intended to provide a fundamental, well-rounded education in science and is ideal for pre-dental, pre-law or pre-medical students, for students who wish to teach, or for students seeking job entry at the technical level.

The Biochemistry Concentration is modeled on a course of study recommended by the American Chemical Society and places significant emphasis on the study of the molecules and reactions of life processes. It is intended for chemistry students who have an interdisciplinary interest in biology. Students will be prepared for entry-level careers in biochemistry and biotechnology or for further graduate and professional study in biochemistry or medicine.

The Environmental Concentration is intended for students with an interest in understanding the effects of human activity on atmospheric, aquatic, and terrestrial environments within a chemical context. By seeking solutions for such chemically based environmental problems as water pollution, acid rain, and hazardous wastes, environmental chemists help ensure a healthy environment for all living things.

The Professional Concentration is, like the Biochemistry Concentration, a recommended course of study from the American Chemical Society. It is especially suited for students who want to pursue graduate work in chemistry, or careers in the chemical or pharmaceutical industries.

Students considering public school teaching as a career should refer to the programs in education - click here for details.

Each student who studies the chemistry major should consult regularly with his or her adviser, particularly concerning selection of electives.

Total credit hours required for degree: 128

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS


(See also General Education Core)

Course Credit Hours Year Taken
Core 34-55  
Major Course Requirements
Chemistry 211, 212 General Chemistry I, II 8 1
Chemistry 331, 332 Organic Chemistry I, II 8 2
Chemistry 323 Quantitative Analysis 5 3,4
Chemistry 345 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics & Kinetics 3 3,4
Chemistry 400 Topics in Chemistry 2 3,4
  26  
Major-Related Course Requirements
Computer Science 117 Microcomputers and Applications Software 3 1,2
Mathematics 201 Calculus I 3 1,2
Physics 151, 152 General Physics I, II
or
Physics 261, 262 Physics I, II2 8 2,3
  14  
Concentration
In addition to the above courses the student must select one of four concentrations:

 
General Concentration
Chemistry 423 Instrumental Methods 5 3,4
Chemistry 473 Inorganic Chemistry 4 3,4
Chemistry Electives 300 or higher level 6 3,4
Biology 211, 212 General Biology I, II
or
Geology 225, 226 Physical Geology and Historical Geology 8 1,2
Mathematics 112 Basic Statistics
or
Mathematics 202 Calculus II 3 1,2
  26  
 
Biochemistry Concentration
Chemistry 363 Biochemistry 3 3,4
Chemistry 363L Biochemistry Laboratory 1 3,4
Chemistry 433 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 3,4
Chemistry Electives 300 or higher level 3 3,4
Biology 211, 212 General Biology I, II 8 1
Biology 321 Genetics 4 2,3
Biology 327 Cell Biology 4 3,4
Biology 453 Molecular Biology 4 3,4
Mathematics 112 Basic Statistics
or
Mathematics 202 Calculus II 3 2,3
  33  
 
Environmental Concentration
Chemistry 405 Environmental Chemistry 3 3,4
Chemistry 423 Instrumental Methods 5 3,4
Chemistry Electives 300 or higher level 3 3,4
Biology 211, 212 General Biology I, II 8 1,2
Biology 323 Principles of Ecology 4 2,3
Geology 225 Physical Geology 4 1,2
Geology 226 Historical Geology 4 1,2
Mathematics 112 Basic Statistics 3 1,2
  34  
 
Professional Concentration
Chemistry 346 Physical Chemistry II: Structure 3 3,4
Chemistry 346L Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1 3,4
Chemistry 363 Biochemistry 3 3,4
Chemistry 363L Biochemistry Laboratory 1 3,4
Chemistry 423 Instrumental Methods 5 3,4
Chemistry 473 Inorganic Chemistry 4 3,4
Chemistry Electives 300 or higher level 5 3,4
Mathematics 202 Calculus II 3 1,2
  25  
Electives
The student must complete sufficient elective courses to earn at least the minimum credit hours required for this degree, and at least 64 credit hours of the 128 required must be in the liberal arts and sciences.


1 The following requirements must be satisfied for the student to be considered for Honors in Chemistry:
  • The student must have an average of 3.4 in chemistry courses and 3.4 overall average.
  • The student must conduct a research project for at least two semesters and for a minimum of three credit hours (total) and present a seminar on the work.
  • The student must apply for honors by April 14 of the senior year.
  • The chemistry staff will evaluate the student’s credentials and select those who will receive honors. Student participation in chemistry program activities will be considered.
For those who are selected, the transcript will read Bachelor of Science with Honors in Chemistry.

2 Students choosing the Professional Concentration must take Physics 261, 262.