Chemistry

Academic Requirements

The Chemistry Department offers an innovative curriculum that integrates the introductory topics from General Chemistry into the specific sub-disciplines of chemistry. This change allows for students to take courses focused on organic and bio-organic chemistry as early as possible. This new curriculum begins in the Fall of 2018. 

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 120, 140 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 National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC Certification) in Chemistry requires BIO 111, 112 and at least one course in computer science. 

We recommend that our students take the following course sequences in their first two years.

First-Year Courses
  • CHE 120, 140. Chemical Principles of Organic Molecules and Reactions of Organic Molecules
  • MAT 201, 202. Differential and Integral Calculus
Second-Year Courses
  • CHE 220, 240. Quantitative Chemical Analysis and Chemistry of the Elements
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II or PHY 101, 102. College Physics I, II (for non-ACS certified track)
Requirements For The Non-ACS Certified Chemistry Degree
Introductory Course
  • CHE 120. Chemical Principles of Organic Molecules 
Foundational Courses
  • CHE 140. Reactions of Organic Molecules
  • CHE 220. Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • CHE 240. Chemistry of Elements 
  • CHE 305. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics or CHE 306. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 340. Organic Reactions and Synthesis
Additional Courses (Required)
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II or PHY 101, 102. College Physics I, II.
  • MAT 201, 202. Differential Calculus and Integral Calculus. 
  • CHE 392. Chemistry Junior Seminar (Equivalent to 0.5 course or 2 credit hours)
  • CHE 492. Chemistry Senior Seminar (Equivalent to 0.5 course or 2 credit hours)
  • CHE SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in Chemistry

In addition to the above, students who elect this program take three elective courses at the 200 level or above. A maximum of one of these three courses can be approved category II biology course, approved physics courses, or approved psychology courses provided that these biology or physics courses are not counted towards that major.

 

Requirements For The ACS Certified Chemistry Major

To obtain an American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree in chemistry students must complete introductory course, foundational courses and in-depth courses in chemistry. In addition, students must complete a minimum of 400 lab hours.

Introductory Course
  • CHE 120. Chemical Principles of Organic Molecules 
Foundational Courses
  • CHE 140. Reactions of Organic Molecules
  • CHE 220. Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • CHE 240. Chemistry of the Elements
  • CHE 305. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics
  • CHE 306. Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 309. Biochemistry (required for pre-med track majors) or CHE 303. Chemistry of Biological Compounds (for all others)
  • CHE 340. Organic Reactions and Synthesis
Additional Courses (Required)
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II.
  • MAT 201, 202. Differential Calculus and Integral Calculus. 
  • CHE 392. Chemistry Junior Seminar (Equivalent to 0.5 course or 2 credit hours)
  • CHE 492. Chemistry Senior Seminar (Equivalent to 0.5 course or 2 credit hours)
  • CHE SCE. Senior Capstone Experience in Chemistry (students who did not perform a summer research internship will need to choose a lab-based SCE to meet the 400 hours of lab requirement for the ACS certification)

In addition to the above, students who elect this program take three in-depth courses in chemistry such as:

  • CHE 210. Environmental Chemistry 
  • CHE 310. Green and Sustainable Chemistry
  • CHE 314. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • CHE 320. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHE 403. Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 405. Biophysical Methods 
  • CHE 410. Fundamentals of Materials Science
  • CHE 394, 494. Special Topics in Chemistry
  • CHE 395, 495, 396, 496. On- or Off-Campus Summer Research (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 120, 140. Chemical Principles of Organic Molecules, Reactions of Organic Molecules
  • CHE 220. Quantitative Chemical Analysis 
  • Three additional courses at the 200 level or above.
Chemistry Seminar

All junior majors participate in a one-semester Chemistry Seminar in the spring semester. All seniors participate in a one-semester Chemistry Seminar in the fall semester.