Chemistry

 

Chemistry Degree Requirements

The Department of Chemistry provides a general knowledge of chemistry and prepares students for professional work in chemistry, graduate school, or professional schools of medicine, pharmacy or engineering.

Chemistry Major

Computer Code: CHMY

Minimum credits required: 53.5 (* = Prerequisite required)

Required courses

CHM

111,112,111L,112L

General Chemistry & Labs

9 credits

CHM

221, 221L

Quantitative Analysis & Lab

4 credits*

CHM

251,252,251L,252L

Organic Chemistry & Labs

9.5 credits*

CHM

331, 331L

Physical Chemistry I and Lab

4 credits*

 

 

OR

 

CHM

332, 332L

Physical Chemistry II and Lab

4 credits*

CHM

463

Chemistry Seminar
(4 semesters for 0.5 credit each)

2 credits*

MTH

141,142

Calculus

8 credits

PHY

131, 151L

General Physics I and Lab

5 credits

 

 

OR

 

PHY

145L

Applied College Physics I

5 credits

Either PHY 131 along with 151L or PHY 145L, but not both, may be taken for credit.

PHY

132, 152L

General Physics II and Lab

5 credits*

 

 

OR

 

PHY

146L

Applied College Physics II

5 credits*

Either PHY 132 along with 152L or PHY 146L, but not both, may be taken for credit.



A minimum of 6 credits from the following [300 level] courses is required for graduation as a chemistry major. (Labs do not count as individual courses.)

CHM

311, 311L

Biochemistry and Lab

4 credits*

CHM

321, 321L

Instrumental Analysis and Lab

4 credits*

CHM

341, 341L

Inorganic Chemistry and Lab

4 credits*

CHM

351

Organic Spectroscopy

2 credits*


A minimum of one credit from the following courses is required for graduation as a chemistry major:

CHM

411

Topics in Biochemistry

0.5, 1 or 2 credits*

CHM

421

Topics in Analytical Chemistry

0.5, 1 or 2 credits*

CHM

441

Topics in Inorganic Chemistry

0.5, 1 or 2 credits*

CHM

451

Topics in Organic Chemistry

0.5, 1 or 2 credits*

More intensive options for the major include:
     1. Certification by the American Chemical Society as a professional chemist;
     2. Preparation for work toward an advanced degree in chemistry.

The pattern of study is based on the recommendations outlined by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society for the ACS certified degree. A copy outlining the various possibilities may be obtained from the department secretary.

Chemistry Minor

Minimum credits required: 22.5

CHM

111,112,111L,112L

General Chemistry & Labs

9 credits*

CHM

251,252,251L,252L

Organic Chemistry & Labs

9.5 credits*

CHM

221,221L

Quantitative Analysis & Lab

4 credits*

 

 

OR

 

CHM

281,281L

Environmental Chemistry & Lab

4 credits*

 

Consultation with the Chemistry Department is encouraged.

Students interested in teacher certification must take the required courses in education. See Education.

 

Beginning Courses in Chemistry
CHM 111, 112, 111L, 112L are the regular introductory chemistry courses for those students who will need a substantial chemistry background and who have successfully completed high school chemistry. Any qualified student should take this course sequence since it is considered a prerequisite for every other course in the department.

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