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Majors and More

Majors and More

Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Premedical Program with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Students major in chemistry to pursue industrial or graduate opportunities in medicine, environmental science, computational molecular modeling, forensics, plastics, chemistry, textiles, health sciences, materials science, energy production, biotechnology, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, ceramics, environmental engineering, or toxicology. Chemists represent the largest group of industrial scientists in the United States; approximately 50% of all research and development positions in this country are filled by professionals with chemistry or chemical engineering backgrounds.

Students majoring in chemistry can select one of seven programs of study to tailor their curricula to meet their long-term professional objectives. Five programs of study focus on American Chemistry Society (ACS) approved areas:  chemistry biochemistry, biochemistry, engineering-physics, forensic chemistry, and business . The multidisciplinary chemistry program of study is designed for maximum flexibility to meet a broad array of students interests or needs; the biochemistry degree track is designed to meet the needs of students interested in those health professions that do not require undergraduate research. The ACS Biochemistry track was the nation’s first American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)-Accredited program.

Premedical Program with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Students who wish to prepare for application to medical school should acquire a broad foundation in the natural sciences, mathematics, humanities, and the social sciences. Chemistry is a popular major for such students since it allows them to complete the premed requirements without taking a large number of courses outside the major. In addition, the percentage of chemistry majors applying and being accepted to medical school is higher than observed for most other majors. Medical schools generally require two semesters of each of the following courses:

Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Physics, Mathematics, and English Composition and Literature. (Biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, genetics, and microbiology are strongly recommended.) All of the courses listed above can be used to fulfill requirements necessary for a major in chemistry.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry 

General Education Courses

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Critical Skills    
Writing and Critical Thinking  
WRIT 101 Composition

3

CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking, & Writing

3

Quantitative Skills Met in major with MATH 201

0

Oral Communication See approved list; may be met through other req

0-3

Logic/Language/ Semiotics Met in major with MATH 202

0

Foreign Language Requirement At the 102 level

3-4†

Technology See approved list; may be met with CSCI 151

0-3

Skills for a Common Experience and Thinking Across Disciplines

 

HMXP 102 The Human Experience: Who Am I?

3

Global Perspectives See approved list

3

Historical Perspectives See approved list

3

Developing Critical Skills Applying them to Disciplines
Natural Science Met in major

0

Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators

6-9*

Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators

6-9*

*Must have 15 hours within these two categories.
Intensive Writing See approved list; may be met by another req

0-3

Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met by another req

0-3

Requirements in Major:    
Complete Core and one of five Degree Tracks (ACS-Chemistry, ACS-Biochemistry, ACS-Engineering-Physics, ACS-Forensic Chemistry, or ACS Chemistry-Business) OR choose Biochemistry or Multidisciplinary Chemistry.)
 
Required Core Program for ACS Programs

62

BIOL 203, BIOL 204 Principles of Biology & Lab

4

MATH 201, MATH 202** Calculus I, Calculus II

8

PHYS 211, PHYS 212 Physics with Calculus I & II

8

CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 108 General Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

CHEM 301, CHEM 302, CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

CHEM 305 Chemical Hygiene and Safety

1

CHEM 312 Introductory Chemometrics

1

CHEM 313, CHEM 314 Quantitative Analysis & Lab

4

Physical Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

Department Seminar

0

CHEM 495 Senior Seminar in Chemistry

1

CHEM 523, CHEM 525 Biochemistry I & Lab

4

CHEM 530, CHEM 531 Inorganic Chemistry & Lab

4

     
CSCI 151 Overview of Computer Science

3

 
ACS Chemistry Degree Track

6

(Students completing this degree track will be ACS-certified chemistry graduates.)
CHEM 551, CHEM 552 Research

6

or CHEM 500-level courses having a total of 3 laboratory credit hours
 
ACS Biochemistry Degree Track

20-21

(Students completing this degree track will be ASBMB Accredited biochemistry graduates and ACS-certified chemistry graduates.)
CHEM 524 Biochemistry II

3

CHEM 551, CHEM 552 Research

6

   Three BIOL courses from:
BIOL 310BIOL 315 , BIOL 317, or BIOL 555 Microbiology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology

11-12

 
ACS Engineering-Physics Degree Track

16

 (Students completing this degree track will be ACS-certified chemistry graduates.)
MATH 301, MATH 305 Calculus III, Introd to Differential Equatio

7

PHYS 321 Materials Science

3

CHEM 551, CHEM 552 Research

6

or CHEM 500-level courses having a total of 3 laboratory credit hours
 
ACS Forensic Chemistry Degree Track

14

(Students completing this degree track will be ACS-certified chemistry graduates.)  
CHEM 502, CHEM 503 Instrumental Analysis, Instrumental Analysis Lab

4

CHEM 505, CHEM 506 Forensic Analytical Chemistry, Forensic Analytical Chem Lab

4

CHEM 551, CHEM 552 Research

6

 or CHEM 500-level courses having a total of 3 laboratory credit hours
 
ACS Chemistry-Business Degree Track

24

(Students completing this degree track will be ACS-certified chemistry graduates.)
CHEM 551, CHEM 552 Research

6

 or CHEM 500-level courses having a total of 3 laboratory credit hours  
ACCT 280, ACCT 281 Intro to Financial Accounting, Intro to Managerial Accounting

6

ECON 215, ECON 216 Microeconomics; Macroeconomics

6

Complete two of the following courses:

 

FINC 311 Principles of Finance

3

MGMT 321 Principles of Management

3

MKTG 380 Principles of Marketing

3

 
Biochemistry Program of Study

65

MATH 201, MATH 202** Calculus I & II

8

BIOL 203, BIOL 204 Principles of Biology & Lab

4

BIOL 310 or BIOL 315 Microbiology, Cell Biology

3

CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 108 General Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

CHEM 301, CHEM 302, CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

CHEM 305 Chemical Hygiene and Safety

1

CHEM 312 Introductory Chemometrics

1

CHEM 313, CHEM 314 Quantitative Analysis & Lab

4

Physical Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

Department Seminar

0

CHEM 495 Senior Seminar in Chemistry

1

CHEM 523, CHEM 525 Biochemistry I & Lab

4

CHEM 524 or CHEM 528 Biochemistry II, Adv Topics in Biochem

3

PHYS 211, PHYS 212 Physics with Calculus I & II

8

Approved math or science elective (BIOL, CHEM, CSCI, GEOL, QMTH, PHYS, MATH > 299)

3

 
Multidisciplinary Chemistry Program of Study

63

MATH 201, MATH 202** Calculus I & II

8

BIOL 203, BIOL 204 Principles of Biology

4

CHEM 105, CHEM 106, CHEM 108 General Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

CHEM 301, CHEM 302, CHEM 304 Organic Chemistry I & II with Lab

8

CHEM 305 Chemical Hygiene and Safety

1

CHEM 312 Introductory Chemometrics

1

CHEM 313, CHEM 314 Quantitative Analysis

4

Physical Chemistry I & II

8

Department Seminar

0

CHEM 495 Senior Seminar in Chemistry

1

CHEM (>299) Chemistry electives

3

PHYS 211, PHYS 212 Physics with Calculus I & II

8

or PHYS 201, PHYS 202 General Physics I & II

 

Approved math or science electives (BIOL, CHEM, CSCI, QMTH, PHYS, MATH > 299)

9

Foreign Language Requirement  

0-4

General Electives  

0-24

Total  

124-133


For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

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