Chemistry Program Requirements



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  • Frank Black
  • William Deutschman
  • Robyn Hyde
  • Jessica Johnston (Chair)
  • Joan Roque

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Program Goals

  • Content: Students will master fundamental chemical concepts and have knowledge of advanced chemical principles across a broad spectrum of chemistry disciplines.
  • Laboratory: Students, while working within a cooperative laboratory environment, will be able to design experiments, carry those experiments out, and utilize modern instruments and techniques effectively. They will demonstrate their critical thinking and problem-solving skills by showing their ability to interpret their results and design new experiments based upon them.
  • Communication: Students will be able to effectively communicate chemistry-related concepts and experimental results and conclusions in written, visual, and oral formats to scientists and non-scientists.
  • Leadership and Civic Responsibility: Students will develop their leadership skills, 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 co-requisite: CHEM 303L

CHEM 303L

Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

Pre/Co-requisite of CHEM 303

CHEM 304

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 303

Recommended co-requisite:  CHEM 304L

CHEM 304L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

Pre/Co-requisite of CHEM 304

CHEM 306

Quantitative Analysis and Lab —offered fall of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 320

Inorganic Chemistry and Lab —offered spring of odd years

4

CHEM 112

CHEM 421

Quantum Chemistry and Lab —offered fall of odd years

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212, PHYS 309

CHEM 422

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics and Lab —offered spring

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212. PHYS 309

IV. Electives

12

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

Instrumental Analysis and Lab —offered spring of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 350

Biochemistry

3

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 350L

Biochemistry Lab

1

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

PHYS 211 or MATH 201 and 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 —offered spring of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 350

Biochemistry

3

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 350L

Biochemistry Lab

1

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

PHYS 211 or MATH 201 and 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 co-requisite: CHEM 303L

CHEM 303L

Organic Chemistry I Lab

1

Pre/Co-requisite of CHEM 303

CHEM 304

Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 303

Recommended co-requisite:  CHEM 304L

CHEM 304L

Organic Chemistry II Lab

1

Pre/Co-requisite of 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 —offered fall of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 307

 Instrumental Analysis and Lab —offered spring of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 320

Inorganic Chemistry and Lab —offered spring of odd years

4

CHEM 112

CHEM 350

Biochemistry

3

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 350L

Biochemistry Lab

1

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

PHYS 211 or MATH 201 and PHYS 151

CHEM 401

Directed Studies in Chemistry

1-4

Senior standing, consent of instructor and school dean

CHEM 421

Quantum Chemistry and Lab —offered fall of odd years

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212, PHYS 309

CHEM 422

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics and Lab —offered spring

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212. PHYS 309

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 —offered fall of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 307

Instrumental Analysis and Lab —offered spring of even years

4

CHEM 112 and PHYS 151 or PHYS 211

CHEM 320

Inorganic Chemistry and Lab —offered spring of odd years

4

CHEM 112

CHEM 350

Biochemistry

3

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350L

CHEM 350L

Biochemistry Lab

1

BIOL 205, CHEM 304 and CHEM 303

Co-requisite of CHEM/BIOL 350

CHEM 370

Scientific Computing

4

PHYS 211 or MATH 201 and PHYS 151

CHEM 422

Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics and Lab —offered spring

4

CHEM 112, MATH 202, PHYS 212. PHYS 309

Total Hours for the Chemistry Minor 24