Chemistry

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Faculty: Frank Black, William Deutschman (Chair), Robyn Hyde, Jessica Johnston, Joan Pena

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. Critical thinking and problem solving skills will be demonstrated by 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 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-requisite: MATH 144
CHEM   112   Principles of Chemistry II and Lab (4) co-requisite: MATH 144
III. Upper Division Courses 24
CHEM   303   Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM   304   Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM   306   Quantitative Chemistry and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   320   Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM   421   Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4) CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309
CHEM   422   Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4) CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309
IV. Electives 12
Students must take two of the following three courses:
CHEM   307   Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   350   Biochemistry and Lab (4) BIOL 205; CHEM 304
CHEM   370   Scientific Computing (3) PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 & MATH 201
Students must complete an additional four credit hours of coursework from the following:
CHEM   300   Special Topics (2–4) consent of instructor
CHEM   307   Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   350   Biochemistry and Lab (4) BIOL 205; CHEM 304
CHEM   370   Scientific Computing (4) PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201
CHEM   400   Advanced Topics in Chemistry (1–4) consent of instructor
CHEM   401   Directed Studies (1–4) senior standing, consent of instructor and school dean
CHEM   430   Undergraduate Research (1–4) consent of faculty mentor
CHEM   440   Internship (1–2) junior/senior standing, see course description
V. Required Courses from Other Programs 20
MATH   201   Calculus I (4)—offered every semester MATH 144 or consent of instructor or placement test
MATH   202   Calculus II (4)—offered every semester MATH 201 or 201B or placement test
PHYS   211   Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Lab (4) MATH 144, co-requisites: MATH 201–202
PHYS   212   Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Lab (4) MATH 144, co requisites: MATH 201–202
PHYS   309   Mathematical Methods of Physics (4) MATH 202 and PHYS 211
TOTAL HOURS FOR CHEMISTRY MAJOR 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

Chemistry Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Courses 16
CHEM   111   Principles of Chemistry I and Lab (4) co-requisite: MATH 144
CHEM   112   Principles of Chemistry II and Lab (4) co-requisite: MATH 144
CHEM   303   Organic Chemistry I and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM   304   Organic Chemistry II and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
II. Electives 8
Complete four hours of coursework from the following:
CHEM   300   Special Topics (2–4) consent of instructor
CHEM   306   Quantitative Chemistry and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   307   Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   320  Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM   350   Biochemistry and Lab (4) BIOL 205; CHEM 304
CHEM   370   Scientific Computing (4) PHYS 211, or both PHYS 151 and MATH 201
CHEM   401   Directed Studies (1–4) senior standing, consent of instructor and school dean
CHEM   421   Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4) CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309
CHEM   422   Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4) CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309
CHEM   430   Undergraduate Research (1–4) consent of faculty mentor
CHEM   440   Internship (1–4) junior/senior standing, see course description
Complete at least four additional hours from the following:
CHEM   306   Quantitative Chemistry and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   307   Instrumental Analysis and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112; PHYS 151 or 211
CHEM   320   Inorganic Chemistry and Lab (4) CHEM 111, 112
CHEM  350   Biochemistry and Lab (4) BIOL 205; CHEM 304
CHEM   370   Scientific Computing (4) PHYS 211, or both PHYS 252 and MATH 201
CHEM   421   Physical Chemistry I and Lab (4) CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309
CHEM   422   Physical Chemistry II and Lab (4) CHEM 112; MATH 202; PHYS 212, 309
TOTAL HOURS FOR CHEMISTRY MINOR 24
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