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Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers courses leading to the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry. The department also offers a program culminating in the professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.Ch.). This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, and is undertaken primarily by students who desire to go directly to positions in the chemical industry, or to enroll for postgraduate study in chemistry.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Students who have a score on the university's math placement exam (ALEKS) earning placement into MATH 1720 or higher should enroll in CHEM 1110 /1111 if they plan to take more than one year of college chemistry, or plan to major in either a natural science or in biomedical, civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering. CHEM 1010/1011 and 1020/1021 are for students interested in the science of chemistry, but are not credited toward a major in chemistry, biology or physics. CHEM 1010/1011 and 1020/1021 may satisfy the General Education Natural Science requirements of other majors. CHEM 1010 may be taken as preparation by students of limited high school chemistry background whose curriculum requires CHEM 1110.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Beginning students who have had previous high school training in chemistry are invited to apply for advanced placement.

LABORATORY SAFETY AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Laboratory safety is strictly practiced in the Department of Chemistry. Approved eye protection must be worn as required in all chemical laboratories. In addition, to ensure that students enrolled in laboratory courses learn the necessary safety information to safely participate in the laboratory course, all prerequisites and/or corequisites for all laboratory courses are strictly enforced. As a result, when a student enrolls in a laboratory course without prior completion of the necessary prerequisite or corequisite, the student will be dropped from the laboratory course. In addition, when a student simultaneously enrolls in a laboratory course and corequisite course, but subsequently drops or discontinues the corequisite course, the student will be dropped from the laboratory course. In the event any student fails to comply with any safety requirements of the Department of Chemistry, the department has the right to not allow the student to perform laboratory work, or to withdraw the student from the laboratory course, as appropriate.

The requirements listed below are for majors and minors for the Bachelor of Science degrees or for minors for the Bachelor of Arts degrees; for detailed requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a professional degree, see degree requirements described later in this section.

NOTE: Students must complete CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121 before enrolling in any upper division course applied toward the major or the minor.

Chemistry Major (B.S.)

Program objectives for a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S.Ch. in Chemistry are: (a) to have a satisfactory knowledge and comprehension of core concepts of analytical, organic, physical, inorganic and bioorganic chemistry; (b) to develop the ability to critically assess and solve problems relating to theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry; (c) to have satisfactory laboratory skills; (d) to have satisfactory presentation skills to communicate chemical concepts and the results of investigations into chemical phenomena, through oral and written discourse and by way of mathematical sciences (e) to have satisfactory basic computer and computational skills; (f) will be satisfactorily prepared for entry level positions in the field, or for admission to graduate or professional school; (g) to demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and the importance of chemistry in its impact on society.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. The Major (46-53 hours)

Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in all CHEM courses applied toward the major or minor, and in all required BIOL, PHYS, and MATH courses. Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120 before enrolling in any upper-division CHEM course, and in CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1121 before enrolling in any upper-division CHEM laboratory course.

Any CHEM (or cross-listed) course may be repeated once at the student's option to earn a minimum grade of "C-." To repeat a CHEM (or cross-listed) course a second time, a student may apply for and receive special permission from the Chemistry Department. Application information is available in the Chemistry Department Office, Room 213, J.M. Smith Chemistry Building. No student may take a CHEM (or cross-listed) course more than three times in order to earn a minimum grade of "C-" without extraordinary departmental permission.

1. Core requirements (31 hours): CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121, (these courses are included in the University General Education Program requirements, credit hours not counted in 46-53 hours for the major), CHEM 3111, 3201/3211, 3301/3310, 3411, 3501/3511, 4999, PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121 or 2010/2011, 2020/2021, and one of the following upper division ethics courses: PHIL 3512, 3514, or 3515.

2. Plus (15-22 hours):

Either

a. General concentration: Eight (8) upper division semester hours in chemistry not to include more than three credit hours of experiential learning (CHEM 4901, 4902, 4903, 4916, or 4918), MATH 1910 (this course is included in the University General Education Program requirements), MATH 1920 and one of the following courses: MATH 2110, 4611, or COMP 1900.

or

b. Biochemistry concentration: MATH 1830 or 1910 (included in the University General Education Program requirements), MATH 4611, CHEM 4511/4501, BIOL 1110/1111, 1120/1121, one of the following: CHEM 4512, BIOL 3500 or 3130, and three additional upper division hours in CHEM.

C. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

D. Graduating with Honors in Chemistry
Applies to both the B.S.Ch. and the B.S. with a major in Chemistry

1. In order to graduate with Honors in Chemistry, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.25 in all science and mathematics courses required for the major.

2. The student must earn honors credit in a minimum of three 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have not been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120, or in a minimum of two 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120. Honors may be contracted in courses not offering a formal Honors section. A minimum grade of B is required in order to earn honors credit.

3. The student must successfully complete CHEM 4901/2/3 with a formal paper required in CHEM 4903 serving as the equivalent of an honors thesis.

4. The student must present his/her research to an audience external to the Department of Chemistry.

Chemistry Major (B.S. Ch.)

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University link for the University General Education Program requirements. Note the following specifications for the B.S.Ch. degree: Natural Science - CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121; Mathematics - MATH 1910.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree, the student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a grade point average of at least 2.0. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be in courses from the upper division.

B. The Major (52-54 hours)

1. Core requirements (38-39 hours):

Completion of CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121 (these courses are included in the University General Education Program requirements and must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the following, credit hours not counted in 52-54 for the major), CHEM 3111, 3201/3211, 3301/3310,  3411, 3511/3501, 4999; PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121 (strongly recommended), or 2010/2011, 2020/2021; MATH 1910 (this course is included in the University General Education Program requirements), MATH 1920, one of the following courses: MATH 2110, 4721, 4611, or 4635; and one of the following upper division ethics courses: PHIL 3512, 3514, or 3515.

2. Advanced requirements (14-15 hours)

Nine (9) upper division semester hours in chemistry lecture courses, two upper division chemistry laboratory courses and the undergraduate research course sequence CHEM 4901/4902/4903.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Graduating with Honors in Chemistry
Applies to both the B.S.Ch. and the B.S. with a major in Chemistry

1. In order to graduate with Honors in Chemistry, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.25 in all science and mathematics courses required for the major.

2. The student must earn honors credit in a minimum of three 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have not been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120, or in a minimum of two 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120. Honors may be contracted in courses not offering a formal Honors section. A minimum grade of B is required in order to earn honors credit.

3. The student must successfully complete CHEM 4901/2/3 with a formal paper required in CHEM 4903 serving as the equivalent of an honors thesis.

4. The student must present his/her research to an audience external to the Department of Chemistry.

Chemistry Minor

Completion of 20 semester hours in chemistry courses, including CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121, and 12 semester hours selected from courses applicable to the chemistry major and including at least two chemistry laboratory courses.

Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.) Sequence, General Concentration

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
CHEM 1110/1111 4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
MATH 1910 4 MATH 1920 4
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Social/Behavioral Sci* 3
ACAD 1100    
Semester Totals 17 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 3310/3301 4 CHEM 3501/3511 4
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 ENGL 2201 or 2202 3
PHYS 2110/2111*** 4 PHYS 2120/2121*** 4
COMM 2381 3 Social/Behavioral Science* 3
    Elective 3
Semester Totals 14 hrs   17 hrs

Junior Year

CHEM 3201/3211 5 CHEM 3111 3
MATH** 3 PHIL 351X**** 3
History* 3 History* 3
Elective 3 CHEM 3411 3
    Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

UD CHEM 4 UD CHEM 4
Elective 3 CHEM 4999 1
Elective 2 UD Elective 3
UD elective 3 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 3
      3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   14 hrs
Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**One of the following may be selected: MATH 2110, 4611, COMP 1900.

***With permission of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, PHYS 2010/2011 and 2020/2021may be substituted for this sequence.

****One of the following may be selected: PHIL 3512, 3514, 3515

Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.) Sequence, Biochemistry Concentration

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
CHEM 1110/1111 4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
MATH 1830 or 1910 3-4 BIOL 1110/1111 4
ACAD 1100 3 Social/Behavioral Sci* 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3    
Semester Totals 16-17 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 3310/3301 4 CHEM 3501/3511 4
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 COMM 2381 3
PHYS 2010/2011*** 4 PHYS 2020/2021*** 4
BIOL 1120/1121 4 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
    ENGL 2201 or 2202 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   17 hrs

Junior Year

CHEM 3201/3211 5 CHEM 3411 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
MATH 4611 3 Ethics**** 3
History* 3 History* 3
    CHEM 3111 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

CHEM 4501 2 CHEM 4999 1
CHEM 4511 3 UD CHEM 3
Elective 3 UD BIOL** 3
Elective                     3 UD Elective 3
Elective 3 UD Elective                3
    Elective   2
Semester Totals 14 hrs   15 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Only one of BIOL 3130, BIOL 3500 or CHEM 4512 is required.

 

*** PHYS 2110/2111 and 2120/2121may be substituted for this sequence

****One of the following may be selected: PHIL 3512, 3514, 3515


Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.Ch.) Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
CHEM 1110/1111 4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
MATH 1910 4 MATH 1920 4
ACAD 1100 3 Social/Behavioral Sci* 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3    
       
Semester Totals 17 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 3310/3301 4 Social/Behavioral Sci* 3
Elective 3 CHEM 3501/3511 4
PHYS 2110 or 2111*** 4 PHYS 2120/2121*** 4
COMM 2381 3 ENGL 2201 or 2202 3
    Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   17 hrs

Junior Year

CHEM 3201/3211 5 CHEM 3111 3
MATH** 3 CHEM 3411 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Elective 3
History* 3 Ethics**** 3
    History* 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

CHEM 4902 1 CHEM 4903 1
UD CHEM lab 1 UD CHEM lab 1
UD CHEM 3 UD CHEM 3
CHEM 4901 1 CHEM 4999 1
Elective 3 UD elective 3
Elective 3 UD Elective 3
CHEM UD 3 Elective 2
Semester Totals 15 hrs   14 hrs
Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**MATH 2110, 4721, 4611 or 4635.
***With permission of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, PHYS 2010/2011 and 2020/2021may be substituted for this sequence.

****One of the following may be selected: PHIL 3512, 3514, 3515