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Major Requirements

Required credit hours: 37, including 28 core credit hours and the remaining 9 credits to be selected from the advanced chemistry electives courses 401, 402, 403, 404, 408, 411, 412, 414, 415, 457 and 458.

Core sequence: (see the undergraduate catalog for more information)

Year 1 - Fall
Year 1 - Spring
Chem 103 General Chemistry I (3 cr) Chem 206 Organic Chemistry I (3)
Chem 103L General Chemistry Lab I (1 cr) Chem 206L Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)
Year 2 - Fall
Year 2 - Spring

Chem 209 Organic Chemistry II (3)

- OR -

Chem 307 Organic Chemistry II for Life Sciences (3)

Chem 305 Inorganic and General Chemistry II (3)

- OR -

Chem 308 General Chemistry II for Life Sciences (3)

Chem 353 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1)

Chem 354 General Chemistry Lab II (1)

- OR -

Chem 356 Inorganic and Quantitative Lab Methods (1)

Year 3 - Fall
Year 3 - Spring
Chem 301 Physical Chemistry (3) Chem 302 Physical Chemistry (3)
Chem 303 Integrated Analytical and Physical Lab (1) Chem 304 Integrated Analytical and  Physical Chemistry Lab (1)
Chem 309 Instrumental Analysis (3) Chem 320 Introduction to Chemical Research (0)
Chem 320 Introduction to Chemical Research (1)

 

The core sequence with Chem 209 and 305 is recommended for students expecting to major in Chemistry. The core sequence with Chem 307 and 308 is recommended for all other science majors but they may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a major in chemistry in place of Chem 209 and 305, respectively.

Chem 101, 101L, 150, 191, 291, 409, 410, 417, 460, 495, and 496 may not be included in the minimum 38 credits required for a major. Only 6 credits from 403, 457 or 458 can be applied towards the major.  Chem 335 may be used to satisfy the General Chemistry II requirement; however the Chem 354 or 356 lab must still be taken. No more than six semester credits from Chem 409, 495 and 496 may be applied toward a B.S. degree.

In a typical program, majors will have completed the following: Chem 103; the sequence Chem 206 - 209 - 305 or 206 - 307 – 308; Mathematics 111, 112, and 212 or 213; and Physics 101-102 before enrolling in Chem 301 in their junior year. The laboratory courses Chem 103L, 206L, 353, 354 or 356, 303 and 304 are taken concurrently with the appropriate lecture courses. Computer Science 141 and Mathematics 211 are valuable courses and recommended in the general education of a chemist. This is only a recommended sequence and can be readily modified to meet other curricular needs through consultation with a faculty advisor.

The major writing requirement in the Department of Chemistry consists of writing two papers (each at least 2,000 words) with a grade of C or better during the junior and senior years. The first paper is written in Chem 320, Introduction to Chemical Research, normally during the junior year. The second is normally completed through Chem 409W or 496 for seniors enrolled for research credit, but can be written as part of any 400-level chemistry course with a "W" designation in which the student is concurrently enrolled.

The Department of Chemistry offers an accelerated program leading to a joint B.S./M.S. degree for qualified students. Most Chemistry majors choose to enhance their degrees with the American Chemical Society (ACS) certification which the department is authorized to award.