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Chemistry

Degree Options

Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and Bachelor of Science in chemistry.

Description of Program

The chemistry major provides a solid foundation of scientific knowledge and experimental skills in a setting that emphasizes current developments in chemistry and experience with modern instruments and laboratory techniques.

The Chemistry Department believes that undergraduate research plays a major role in developing critical thinking, practical expertise and independence and helps create a sense of community among faculty and students. Participation in a research project is a requirement for a chemistry degree. The chemistry faculty has research expertise in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry.

Students preparing for graduate study or a professional career in chemistry should pursue the ACS-approved Bachelor of Science program. The Bachelor of Arts program is designed for students who need undergraduate training in chemistry in preparation for professional careers other than chemistry. The Bachelor of Science program is also open to those students.

Requirements for Major, BS

The required program for the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry:

  • Chemistry 1 and 3, 2 and 4 (General Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 81 (Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • Chemistry 107 and 109, 108 and 110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 148 (Research in Chemistry) - at least 2 credit hours
  • Chemistry 165, 166 (Physical Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 180 (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 182 (Chemical Instrumentation and Methods of Analysis)
  • Chemistry 198 (Integrated Advanced Chemical Research) - twice; 4 credit hours
  • Chemistry electives — two of the following three
  • Chemistry 130 and 131, 132 and 133 (Biochemistry and Advanced Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry 155 (Advanced Organic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 190 (Selected Topics in Chemistry)

Supplementary Courses: BS chemistry majors must take Calculus, Mathematics 50 and 70; and one year of physics. Mathematics 100 is recommended for students taking Chemistry 166.

Requirements for Major, BA

The required program for the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in chemistry:.

  • Chemistry 1 and 3, 2 and 4 (General Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 81 (Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • Chemistry 107 and 109, 108 and 110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 148 (Integrated Advanced Chemical Research) - 2 credit hours
  • Chemistry 165 (Physical Chemistry)
    Advanced Chemistry Electives - Choose one of the following:

  • Chemistry 165 (Physical Chemistry), Chemistry 182 (Instrumental Analysis), or
  • Chemistry 161 (Biophysical Chemistry)
    Advanced Molecular Sciences electives — (Note: If you are double majoring in chemistry and another discipline, the advanced class must be selected from outside your second major's requirements. For example, if you double major in physics and chemistry, your advanced class should not be a physics major requirement, though it can be a physics major elective.) Choose 8 credit hours selected from:
  • Chemistry 130 and 131 (Biochemistry)
  • Chemistry 155 (Advanced Organic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 166 (Intermediate Physical Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 180 (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Chemistry 182 (Chemical Instrumentation and Methods of analysis)
  • Chemistry 190 (Selected Topics in Chemistry)
  • Biology 188 (Structural Biology)
  • Physics 180 (Atomic and Molecular Physics)
  • Pharmacy 140 (Pharmaceutics)
    Other advanced courses with a strong chemical component as approved by the chemistry department.

Supplementary Courses: BA chemistry majors must take one semester of physics and Mathematics 50 (Calculus) (unless you choose Chem 166, for which Calculus up to and including Mathematics 100 is recommended.)

Requirements for Minor

A minor in chemistry may be earned by completing 24 credit hours in the following sequence of chemistry courses:

  • CHEM 1, 2, 3, 4 (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 81 (Quantitative Chemical Analysis)
  • CHEM 107, 108, 109, 110 (Organic Chemistry)
  • One course chosen from CHEM 130 (Biochemistry),
  • CHEM 155 (Advanced Organic Chemistry), or
  • CHEM 165 (Physical Chemistry)

A minimum GPA of 2.0 must be achieved, and credit/no credit courses may not be used.

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