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Chemistry

Academic Requirements

Programs In Chemistry

The Department offers two programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Each program involves a core chemistry curriculum, four auxiliary courses in math and physics, and chemistry electives. The auxiliary courses should be completed in the first two years.

For those of you interested in graduate school or work in industrial or governmental laboratories, we offer a B.S. degree certified by the American Chemical Society. A non-certified B.S. degree in chemistry is available to students pursuing careers such as: teaching, engineering, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and law. This degree option is ideal for double majors who need flexibility in their course schedules.

Career Preparation

Premedical students are advised to take CHE 111, 112 and BIO 111, and 112 during their first year. Students intending to teach at the secondary school level should consult with the Chair of the Department of Education and the Chair of Chemistry about planning a full-course schedule as early as possible in their college career. The NASDTEC Certification in Chemistry requires BIO 111, 112 and at least one course in computer science.

Freshman Courses
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry I, II
  • MAT 201, 202. Differential and Integral Calculus
Sophomore Courses
  • CHE 201, 202. Organic Chemistry I, II
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II or equivalent (for non-ACS certified track)
Requirements For The Non-ACS Certified Chemistry Major
Introductory Courses
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry I, II
Foundation Courses
  • CHE 201, 202. Organic Chemistry I, II
  • CHE 301. Analytical Chemistry
  • CHE 305. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics
  • or CHE 306. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
Additional Courses
  • CHE 392, 491. Chemistry Seminar (Equivalent to 1 course or 4 credit hours)
  • CHE SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in Chemistry

In addition to the above, students who elect this program take four elective courses at the 200 level or above. A maximum of three of these four courses can be certain upper level biology or physics courses provided that these biology or physics courses are not counted towards that major. These courses include but are not limited to:

  • Substitute Biology And Physics Courses
  • BIO 207. Biotechnology and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 305. Genetics
  • BIO 308. Plant Physiology
  • BIO 404. Immunology
  • PHY 201. Electronics
  • PHY 204. Fundamentals of Modern Physics
  • PHY 301. Electromagnetism
  • PHY 304. Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 414. Quantum Physics
Requirements For The ACS Certified Chemistry Major
Introductory Courses
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry I, II
Foundation Courses
  • CHE 201, 202. Organic Chemistry I, II
  • CHE 301. Analytical Chemistry
  • CHE 305. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics
  • CHE 306. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 309. Biochemistry
  • CHE 311. Inorganic Chemistry
In-Depth Courses (Required)
  • CHE SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in Chemistry
  • Four Auxiliary Courses In Math And Physics:
  • MAT 201, 202. Differential and Integral Calculus
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II

Students who elect this program must take three additional In-Depth Courses.

Optional In-Depth Courses
  • CHE 303. Chemistry of Biological Compounds
  • CHE 310. Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • CHE 314. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • CHE 403. Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 410. Fundamentals of Materials Science
  • CHE 394, 494. Special Topics in Chemistry such as Biophysical Methods
  • CHE 495, 496. Independent Research (Equivalent to 1 course or 4 credit hours)
Additional Course
  • CHE 392, 491. Chemistry Seminar (Equivalent to 1 course or 4 credit hours)
The Chemistry Minor

Students intending to minor in Chemistry should meet with the Department Chair early in their career to insure that they are able to complete the following:

  • Six chemistry courses are required for the chemistry minor.
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry I and II
  • CHE 201, 202. Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Two courses at the 200 level or above.
Chemistry Seminar

All junior and senior majors participate in a two-semester Chemistry Seminar which constitutes one course equivalent. For juniors this is in the spring semester and for seniors it is in the fall semester. Each junior and each senior gives one seminar each semester on a topic of his or her choice that has been approved by a department member.