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Degree Programs

The Department of Chemistry offers four pathways by which you can earn a B.A. or B.S. in chemistry. The four tracks share a common core that provides you with laboratory and research skills and experiential learning opportunities while building a solid background in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry. The common core also provides the physics and calculus fundamentals you need to succeed in chemistry. Our capstone course allows you the opportunity to engage in their own research and critically evaluate the research of others.

Click on the link below to view the requirements for the Chemistry Major and Minor from the 2013-2015 catalog. For requirements from earlier catalog years, contact the department chair. Descriptions of the tracks and concentrations follow.

Chemistry Major, Minor and Teaching Certification option (2013-2015 Catalog)

For students in earlier catalogs, CHEM 301 Organic Chemistry I is replaced by CHEM 311 and CHEM 312 and CHEM 302 Organic Chemistry II is replaced by CHEM 321 and CHEM 322.

Core Courses

All chemistry majors are required to take the same common core courses. The common core consists of 47 credit-hours - 31 in Chemistry, 8 in Mathematics and 8 in Physics. The common core courses are:

CHEM 201 General Chemistry I (GEP Group C)
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II
CHEM 311 & 321 Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 312 & 322 Organic Chemistry Lab I & II
CHEM 304 Computational Techniques in Chemistry (Tech. Fluency)
CHEM 305 Research Methods in Chemistry
CHEM 320 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 441 Physical Chemistry Lecture I
CHEM 445 Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 491 Seminar in Chemistry
CHEM 492 Capstone Experience
PHYS 215 & 216 General Physics I & II
     -or- PHYS 261 & 262 Principles of Physics I & II 
     (PHYS 215 or 261: GEP Group C)
MATH 236 Calculus I (Core Skill 3)
MATH 237 Calculus II

The Traditional Track

The Traditional Track provides additional experience in analytical and physical chemistry. This track is designed to prepare you for entry level positions in the chemical industry or related industries. The Traditional Track requires 8 additional credit-hours in Chemistry and 4 additional credit-hours in Mathematics beyond the common core:

CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 442 Physical Chemistry Lecture II
CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry Lab II
MATH 238 Calculus III

All chemistry majors in this track must earn a C or better in CHEM 201, 202, 311, 320, 321, and 441.

The Professional Concentration

The Professional Concentration provides a more comprehensive experience, including biochemistry and inorganic chemistry, as well as advanced research projects. The Professional Concentration is designed to prepare you for graduate programs in chemistry or a related science as well as careers in chemistry. The Professional Concentration requires 21 additional credit-hours in Chemistry, 4 additional credit-hours in Biology, and 4 additional credit-hours in Mathematics beyond the common core:

Required (24 credit-hours)
CHEM 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 442 Physical Chemistry Lecture II
CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 455 Biochemisty I
CHEM 493 Advanced Chemistry Research
BIOL  149 General Biology I (GEP Group C)
MATH 238 Calculus III

Electives (5-6 credit-hours)
CHEM 420 Enviromental Chemical Analysis
CHEM 438 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 456 Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 457 Biochemistry II
CHEM 460 Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 490 Selected Topics in Chemistry

All chemistry majors in this concentration must earn a C or better in CHEM 201, 202, 311, 320, 321, and 441.

The Biochemistry Concentration

The Biochemistry Concentration includes several biology courses, including mircobiology, genetics, and molecular biology, and focuses on developing laboratory and research techniques in biochemistry. The Biochemistry Concentration is designed to prepare you for graduate progams or employment in biochemistry, bioengineering, and related fields. The Biochemistry Concentration is also an excellent choice if you plan to apply to medical, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy schools. The Biochemistry Concentration requires 10 addition credit hours in Chemistry and 15 additional credit-hours in Biology.

Required (24 credit-hours)
CHEM 455 Biochemisty I
CHEM 456 Biochemistry Lab
CHEM 457 Biochemistry II
BIOL 149 General Biology I (GEP Group C)
BIOL 304 Microbiology
BIOL 350 Genetics
BIOL 435 Molecular Biology

Electives (1-3 credit-hours)
CHEM 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 420 Enviromental Chemical Analysis
CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 442 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 493 Advanced Chemistry Research
MATH 238 Calculus III

All chemistry majors in this concentration must earn a C or better in CHEM 201, 202, 311, 320, 321, and 455.

The Teaching Certificate Option

The Teaching Certificate Option is a collaboration with the Department of Educational Professions and includes the education courses necessary to prepare you to teach chemistry in secondary school classrooms. This option is designed to help you become the most awesome high school chemistry teacher ever! The Teaching Certification Option requires 11 additional credit-hours in Chemistry, 4 additional credit-hours in Biology, 4 additional credit-hours in Mathematics, and completion of the Professional Education Sequence for Secondary Programs (42.5 credit-hours).

Required (19 credit-hours)
CHEM 442 Physical Chemistry Lecture II
CHEM 446 Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHEM 455 Biochemisty I
CHEM 460 Environmental Analysis
CHEM 493 Advanced Chemistry Research
BIOL  149 General Biology I (GEP Group C)
MATH 238 Calculus III

All chemistry majors in this option must earn a C or better in CHEM 201, 202, 311, 320, and 321.

The Chemistry Minor

A Minor in Chemistry requires 25 credit-hours of coursework in chemistry: 16 credit-hours of required courses, and 9 credit-hours of electives. The 16 required credit-hours are courses required by most medical, dental, veterinary, and pharmacy schools. The 9 elective credit-hours cane be framed around a particular discipline in chemistry. Some examples follow.

Required (16 credit-hours)
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I (GEP Group C)
CHEM 202 General Chemistry II
CHEM 311 & 321 Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 312 & 322 Organic Chemistry Lab I & II

Electives (9 credit-hours)
May be drawn from Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level except
CHEM 491 Seminar in Chemistry, CHEM 492 Capstone Experience,
CHEM 493 Advanced Chemical Research, CHEM 495 Chemistry Internship,
and CHEM 499 Special Topics in Chemistrty.

Example Elective Paths:

  • Experimental Chemistry: CHEM 304 Computational Techniques in Chemistry (Tech. Fluency) (2 cr.), CHEM 305 Research Methods in Chemistry (3 cr.), and CHEM 320 Quantitative Analytical Chemistry (4 cr.)
  • Biochemistry: CHEM 455 Biochemistry I (3 cr.), CHEM 456 Biochemistry Lab (3 cr.), and CHEM 457 Biochemistry II (3 cr.)

Related Programs

Other Majors

Chemistry courses support other academic majors, including Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Interpretive Biology & Natural History, Mechanical Engineering, Wildlife & Fisheries, and the interdisciplinary majors of Earth Science, Environmental Analysis & Planning, and Ethnobotany. Chemistry courses can also be used to complete the Sustainability Studies minor. Click on the links below to learn more about these programs.

Biology
Computer Science
Earth Science
Engineering
Environmental Analysis & Planning
Ethnobotany
Interpretive Biology & Natural History
Mechanical Engineering
Sustainability Studies MinorWildlife & Fisheries

Pre-Professional Programs

The preparation programs for Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, Medicine, Medical Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, and Veterinary Medicine require several semesters of chemistry. If you are interested in these programs are encouraged to contact members of the Health Professions Advisory Committee. Click on the links below to view the requirements for these programs from the 2013-2015 catalog.

Dental Hygiene Preparation Medical Technology Preparation Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Veterinary Medicine Preparation Nursing Preparation Pharmacy Preparation Physical Therapy Preparation Occupational Therapy Preparation