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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 Business Administration  

General Education

 

Semester Hours

ACAD 101 Principles of the Learning Academy

1

Shared Skills and Proficiencies
   
Writing and Critical Thinking    
WRIT 101 Composition

3

    HMXP 102      Human Experience 3
CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing

3

    Oral Communication See approved list
3
    Technology See approved list; may be met in major 0-3
    Intensive Writing See approved list 3
    Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met with other requirement 0-3
    Physical Activity See approved list; 1
Thinking Critically Across Disciplines    
Global Perspectives See approved list;

3

Historical Perspectives See approved list;

3

Introducing Students to Broad Disciplinary Perspectives

 

Social Science See approved list; must include 2 designators

6

Humanities and Arts See approved list; must include 2 designators

6

Quantitative Skills and Natural Science (3 courses) 0
    Quantitative Skills Met in major with MATH 201 and 202 0
Natural Science Met in major with PHYS 211

Subtotal   35-41
 
Required Core Program for ACS Programs

63

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

5

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

 
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 Equations

7

PHYS 321 Materials Science

3

CHEM 551, CHEM 552 Research

6

 
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

 
ACS Chemistry-Business Degree Track

24

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

6

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

66

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

5

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, MATH, QMTH, PHYS, MATH > 299)

3

 
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

 

Math or science electives (BIOL, CHEM, CSCI, GEOL, QMTH, PHYS, MATH > 299)

9

Foreign Language Requirement  

3-8

General Electives  

0-20

Total  

120-132

†This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite.

**MAED 200 is a co-requisite for MATH 202.

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

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