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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 PHY 101, 102. College Physics I, II (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 (Required)
  • 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 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:

  • 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 (required for pre-med track majors) or CHE 303. Chemistry of Biological Compounds (for all others)
  • CHE 311. Inorganic Chemistry
Additional Courses (Required)
  • CHE 392, 491. Chemistry Seminar (Equivalent to 1 course or 4 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 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 395, 495, 396, 496. On- or Off-Campus Summer Research (Equivalent to 1 course or 4 credit hours)  
Areas of Emphasis

In addition to the major offerings listed above, students wishing to specialize within a subdiscipline of chemistry or a chemistry-related cross-disciplinary or multidisciplinary area have the option to complete an area of emphasis within the ACS certified or non-ACS certified chemistry majors. As outlined below, each area of emphasis requires students to complete their SCE in the selected area, as well as three additional 4-credit courses. For students who do not wish to pursue a B.S. in Chemistry with an area of emphasis, they have the option to complete their SCE with any professor of their choice on any topic of their interest.

Successful completion of an area of emphasis will be noted on a student’s transcript after graduation. Given that the SCE must be completed in the selected area of emphasis, a student may only complete one area of emphasis. The chemistry department offers the following areas of emphasis:

1. Organic and Medicinal Chemistry

Requirements:

SCE specialization in Organic or Medicinal Chemistry, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 403. Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHE 394. Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 394. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHE 303 OR CHE 309. Chemistry of Biological Compounds OR Biochemistry
2. Greener Materials Science

Requirements: 

SCE specialization in Greener Materials Science, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 310. Greener and Sustainable Chemistry
  • CHE 311. Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 410. Materials Science
  • CHE 394. Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 314. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
3. Physical and Instrumental Chemistry

Requirements: 

SCE specialization in Physical or Instrumental Chemistry, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 305 AND CHE 306. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics AND Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 314. Instrumental Methods of Analysis
  • CHE 394. Advanced Synthesis and Spectroscopy
  • CHE 494. Biophysical Methods
  • PHY elective at the 200-level or above
  • MAT 203 OR MAT 345. Multivariable Calculus OR Differential Equations
4. Biophysics and Biological Chemistry

Requirements: 

SCE specialization in Biophysics or Biological Chemistry, plus three of the following:

  • CHE 303. Chemistry of Biological Compounds
  • CHE 309. Biochemistry
  • CHE 494. Biophysical Methods
  • CHE 394. Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHE 305 AND CHE 306. Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Dynamics AND Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • BIO elective at 200-level or above 
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.