Chemistry, B.S.

Optional Concentrations in Chemistry

The Concentration in Chemical Physics is designed primarily for the student who intends to become a professional chemist. It provides the preparation necessary for graduate study in chemistry or employment in a chemically-related industry.

Students who successfully complete this concentration have satisfied the minimum requirements specified by the Committee on Professional Training (CPT) of the American Chemical Society (ACS). These students will be certified to the society by the department.

The Concentration in Biochemistry is intended for students who wish to use the undergraduate major in chemistry as preparation for further study and/or employment in medicine, dentistry, or any of the other life sciences: molecular biology, pharmacy, clinical chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, toxicology, industrial hygiene, veterinary medicine, and other health-related fields. To serve such a variety of career goals, the program offers flexibility in some requirements.

Application

Typically in the spring semester of the sophomore year, all intended chemistry majors must make a formal application to the department to be accepted as majors. Applicants with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the initial chemistry core sequence (CH 141, CH 142, CH 143, CH 144 (or CH 151, CH 153), and CH 221, CH 223) may be accepted unconditionally as chemistry majors. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the support courses is also required. A student who does not meet these criteria, but who does have a minimum GPA of 2.25 in the initial chemistry core sequence, will be considered for conditional acceptance as a chemistry major.

Only accepted or conditionally accepted chemistry majors or students working to complete chemistry minor requirements and are accepted or conditionally accepted as majors in another programs will be permitted to register for CH 363, CH 398, CH 431, CH 435, CH 436, CH 441, CH 478, or CH 481, CH 495.  

Chemistry majors must maintain a combined GPA of 2.0 in the chemistry courses and in the required sequence of support courses to meet graduation requirements.

Program Learning Goals in Chemistry. Students will:

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge in the sub-disciplines of chemistry where they have completed course work (at least four of analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical).
  2. Apply their integrative knowledge of chemistry to solve problems.
  3. Demonstrate competency in the laboratory skills necessary to acquire, analyze, and interpret experimental results.
  4. Effectively communicate scientific information in a variety of forms (written, oral, mathematical).

Major Requirements:

48-57 total credit hours.

CH 141GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4

CH 142GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

4

CH 143GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

1

CH 144GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

1

or

CH 151CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES

4

and

CH 153CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES LABORATORY

1

 

CH 221ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I

3

CH 222ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II

3

CH 223ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

1

CH 224ORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

1

CH 261ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY

3

CH 263ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

CH 363PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I: CHEMICAL THERMODYNAMICS AND KINETICS

3

CH 367PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I

2

CH 478CHEMISTRY SEMINAR

0

CH 141-CH144 make up the Chemistry core courses.

And 2 upper-division lecture electives

CH 399 is strongly encouraged.

CH 366PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

3

CH 398LITERATURE RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY

3

CH 399UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

0 to 3

CH 431GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY

4

CH 435BIOCHEMISTRY I

3

CH 436BIOCHEMISTRY II

3

CH 439BIOCHEMISTRY III

3

CH 481INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3

CH 495SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY

1 to 3

1 Lecture/Lab Pair

CH 431GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY

4

CH 437BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

 

CH 435BIOCHEMISTRY I

3

or

CH 436BIOCHEMISTRY II

3

and

CH 437BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

 

CH 441INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

3

CH 443INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY

2

 

or

 

CH 481INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3

CH 482INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

The Capstone, Additional Writing, and Oral Presentation requirements of the University Core Curriculum will be satisfied by

CH 443INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY

2

or

CH 398LITERATURE RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY

3

or

CH 399UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

0 to 3

Note: CH 399D is approved to count for the Capstone requirement. 

Required Support Courses:

MT 135CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I

4

MT 136CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II

4

 

PH 125GENERAL PHYSICS I

3

PH 125LGENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I

1

PH 126GENERAL PHYSICS II

3

PH 126LGENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II

1

or

PH 135PHYSICS I

4

PH 135LPHYSICS WORKSHOP I

1

PH 136PHYSICS II

4

PH 136LPHYSICS WORKSHOP II

1

 

Total Credit Hours: 48-57

Concentration in Chemical Physics:

70-75 total credit hours.

In addition to the Chemistry core courses, students must take the following:

CH 366PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

3

CH 368PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II

1

CH 431GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY

4

CH 441INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS

3

CH 443INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS LABORATORY

2

CH 481INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3

CH 482INORGANIC CHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

As well as at least 6 credits of upper-division electives, at least one of which is laboratory based.

CH 398LITERATURE RESEARCH IN CHEMISTRY

3

CH 399UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

0 to 3

CH 495SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY

1 to 3

Required Support Courses:

MT 135CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I

4

MT 136CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II

4

MT 233CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY III

4

EP 217MATHEMATICAL METHODS OF PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING

3

PH 135PHYSICS I

4

PH 135LPHYSICS WORKSHOP I

1

PH 136PHYSICS II

4

PH 136LPHYSICS WORKSHOP II

1

 

PH 246MODERN PHYSICS

3

or

PH 325THERMAL PHYSICS

3

Pre-chemical engineering students should take PH 246.

Total Credit Hours: 70-75

Concentration in Biochemistry:

62-72 total credit hours.

In addition to the Chemistry core courses, students must take:

CH 435BIOCHEMISTRY I

3

CH 436BIOCHEMISTRY II

3

CH 437BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY

1

And three additional approved upper-division CH courses.

One of these electives may be an approved BL or PS course.

One upper-division elective may be selected from the following BL and PS courses:
BL 301INTRODUCTION TO CELL BIOLOGY

3

BL 302DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY

3

BL 310MICROBIOLOGY

4

BL 310LMICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY

0

BL 410MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY

3

BL 459MOLECULAR CELL BIOLOGY

3

BL 465MOLECULAR GENETICS

3

BL 470MOLECULAR METHODS LABORATORY

3

BL 471IMMUNOLOGY

3

PS 426PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

3

or other courses approved by the chemistry department chair. 

Additional Required Support Courses:

BL 155PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY I

3 to 4

BL 156PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY II

3

BL 157PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY I

1

BL 158PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY II

1

Total Credit Hours: 62-72