Chemistry Program Requirements



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  • Frank Black
  • Robyn Hyde
  • Jessica Johnston (Chair)

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Program Goals

Content: Students will identify, apply, and analyze concepts across a broad spectrum of chemical disciplines, and use evidence to evaluate interpretations and draw conclusions.

Collaboration: Students will actively engage with their peers in small learning teams to collect and process information, exchange ideas, and synthesize knowledge in order to achieve collective goals in a respectful team environment.

Laboratory: Students will design and carry out experiments utilizing modern instruments and techniques. Students will interpret their results and revise experiments based upon the information they learn.

Communication: Students will communicate chemistry-related concepts, experimental results, and conclusions in written, visual, and oral formats to scientists and non-scientists.

Civic Responsibility: Students will develop a global perspective on chemistry issues and engage in practices informed by social responsibility across the spectrum of differences.

Objectives

The Chemistry program offers an academic major leading to a Bachelor of Science degree and an academic minor. 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) preparation 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. Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Chemistry major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • WCore or Honors College requirements

Chemistry Major

To fulfill the requirements for a major in Chemistry, students must complete the following as well as demonstrate competency in MATH 144:

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites

I. World Language Requirement

8  
Chemistry majors must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.    

II. Lower Division Courses

8

 
CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry I and Lab

4

co-requisites: CHEM 111R recommended; MATH 144 required

CHEM 112

Principles of Chemistry II and Lab

4

CHEM 111

III. Upper Division Courses

24

 
CHEM 303

Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 112

Recommended pre/co-requisite: CHEM 303L

CHEM 303L

Organic  Chemistry I Lab

1

Pre-/co-requisite:  CHEM 303

CHEM 304

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 303

Recommended pre-/co-requisite:  CHEM 304L

CHEM 304L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

Pre-/Co-requisite:  CHEM 304

CHEM 306

Quantitative Analysis and Lab

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite:  CHEM 306L

CHEM 320

Inorganic Chemistry

4

CHEM 112

CHEM 421

Quantum Chemistry and Lab

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212, PHYS 309

 

Co-requisite:  CHEM 421L

CHEM 422

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics and Lab

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212. PHYS 309

Co-requisite:  CHEM 422L

IV. Electives

12

 
Students must take two of the following three courses:    
CHEM 307

Instrumental Analysis and Lab 

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite:  CHEM 307L

CHEM 350/L

Biochemistry and Lab

4

BIOL 205 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

CMPT 190 and either PHYS 211 or PHYS 151

Students must complete an additional four credit hours of coursework from  the following:  

 

CHEM 300

Special Topics in Chemistry

 

2-4

Instructor permission

CHEM 307

Instrumental Analysis and Lab 

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite:  CHEM 307L

CHEM 350/L

Biochemistry and Lab

4

BIOL 205 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

CMPT 190 and either PHYS 211 or PHYS 151

CHEM 400

Advanced Topics in Chemistry

1-5

Instructor permission

CHEM 401

Directed Studies in Chemistry

1-4

senior standing, consent of instructor and school dean

CHEM 430

 Undergraduate Research

1-4

faculty mentor permission

CHEM 440

Internship

1-2

junior/senior standing, see course description

V. Required Courses from Other Programs

22

 
MATH 201

Calculus I

4

MATH 144 or placement test

MATH 202

Calculus II

4

MATH 201 or placement test

PHYS 211

Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab

4

MATH 144 and co-requisite: MATH 201

PHYS 212

Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab

4

PHYS 211 and co-requisite: MATH 202

PHYS 309

Mathematical Methods of Physics

4

MATH 202 and PHYS 211

WCSAM 400

Science Capstone

2

 

Total Hours for the Chemistry Major 76  

Listed below is a suggested plan of study for completing the chemistry requirements. Students should meet with their advisors at least once a year as course offerings may change from what is listed. Students must also meet WCore and college wide requirements for graduation.

Recommended Plan of Study for Chemistry

*Assumes student already has credit for MATH 144

Chemistry Minor

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 16  
CHEM 111

Principles of Chemistry I and Lab

4

co-requisites: CHEM 111R recommended; MATH 144 required

CHEM 112

Principles of Chemistry II and Lab

4

CHEM 111

CHEM 303

Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 112

Recommended Pre-/co-requisite: CHEM 303L

 

 

Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

Pre-/C0-Requisite:  CHEM 304L

CHEM 304

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 303

Pre-/co-requisite:  CHEM 304L

CHEM 304L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

Pre-/Co-requisite:  CHEM 304

II. Electives

8  
Complete four hours of coursework from the following:    
CHEM 300

Special Topics in Chemistry

2-4

Instructor permission

CHEM 306

Quantitative Analysis and Lab 

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite:  CHEM 306L

CHEM 307

 Instrumental Analysis and Lab 

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite; CHEM 307L

CHEM 320

Inorganic Chemistry

4

CHEM 112

CHEM 350/L

Biochemistry and Lab

4

BIOL 205 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

CMPT 190 and either PHYS 211 or PHYS 151

CHEM 401

Directed Studies in Chemistry

1-4

Senior standing, consent of instructor and school dean

CHEM 421

Quantum Chemistry and Lab

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212, PHYS 309

Co-requisite:  CHEM 421L

CHEM 422

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics and Lab

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212. PHYS 309

Co-requisite:  CHEM 422L

CHEM 430

Undergraduate Research

1-4

Faculty mentor permission

CHEM 440

Internship

1-4

Junior/senior standing, see course description

Complete at least four additional hours from the following:  

 

CHEM 306

Quantitative Analysis and Lab 

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite:  CHEM 306L

CHEM 307

Instrumental Analysis and Lab 

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

Co-requisite:  CHEM 307L

CHEM 320

Inorganic Chemistry

4

CHEM 112

CHEM 350/L

Biochemistry and Lab

4

BIOL 205 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

CMPT 190 and either PHYS 211 PHYS 151

CHEM 422

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics and Lab

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212. PHYS 309

Co-requisite:  CHEM 422L

Total Hours for the Chemistry Minor 24