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Chemistry Program Requirements

Students majoring in chemistry may earn the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. These differ in the number of required courses in mathematics and chemistry.

The introductory course sequence CHEM 103C, 103L, 104C, 104L is intended to prepare students for all subsequent chemistry courses. The Department of Chemistry strongly recommends that a student enrolling in CHEM 103C has a minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test score of 500 on the mathematics section of the test, a minimum ACT score of 21 on the mathematics section of that test, or a mathematical background that has prepared the student for MATH 119C or a higher-level mathematics course. If the student does not meet any of these criteria, the department advises that the student delay entering CHEM 103C and take sufficient mathematics to prepare for enrolling in MATH 119C.

B.S. in Chemistry

For students majoring in chemistry, all courses that are required for the major program are included in determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

  • CHEM 103C - P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L - General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C - General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L - General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 - SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L - Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 - Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 315 - Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L - Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 316 - Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 316L - Analytical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 365 - Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 365L - Physical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 366 - Physical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 366L - Physical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 408 - Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 412 - Advanced Topics (3)
  • CHEM 431 - Spectroscopic Identification (3)
  • CHEM 435 - Advanced Laboratory I (1)
  • CHEM 436 - Advanced Laboratory II (1)
  • CHEM 441 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 449 - Seminar Preparation (0)
  • CHEM 450 - Seminar (1)
  • MATH 120C - P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C - P4 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 221C - Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 222 - SQ Introduction to Dynamical Systems (3)
  • PHYS 131C - P4 General Physics I (4)*
  • PHYS 132C - P4 General Physics II (4)*

Total: 77 credits

*The Department of Chemistry requires that majors take PHYS 131C and PHYS 132C to satisfy their College physics requirement. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C, in addition to MATH 221C, to satisfy this physics requirement. In keeping with the recommended progression for all of the chemistry major programs, students taking PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C must satisfy the MATH 221C requirement prior to the fall semester of their junior year to meet the prerequisites for CHEM 365, or else they would need permission from the chemistry department chair.


B.A. in Chemistry

For students majoring in chemistry, all courses that are required for the major program are included in determination of the grade point average in the major.

Requirements

  • CHEM 103C - P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L - General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C - General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L - General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 - SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L - Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L - Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 - Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 315 - Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L - Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 316 - Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 316L - Analytical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 365 - Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 365L - Physical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 366 - Physical Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 366L - Physical Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 449 - Seminar Preparation (0)
  • CHEM 450 - Seminar (1)
  • MATH 120C - P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C - P4 Calculus II (4)
  • Choose ONE:
    • MATH 221C - Calculus III (4)
    • MATH 222 - SQ Introduction to Dynamical Systems (3)
  • PHYS 131C - P4 General Physics I (4)*
    PHYS 132C - P4 General Physics II (4)*

Total: 59-60 credits

*The Department of Chemistry requires that majors take PHYS 131C and PHYS 132C to satisfy their College physics requirement. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C, in addition to MATH 221C, to satisfy this physics requirement. In keeping with the recommended progression for all of the chemistry major programs, students taking PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C must satisfy the MATH 221C requirement prior to the fall semester of their junior year to meet the prerequisites for CHEM 365, or else they would need permission from the chemistry department chair.


Inclusive Adolescence Education Dual Major

Students Seeking Adolescence Teaching Certification in Chemistry

Students pursuing teacher certification are advised to pursue the B.S. inclusive adolescence education – chemical education major program. This degree path is only taken by students also completing the requirements for inclusive adolescence education:

  • Inclusive adolescence education (46)

This major includes education courses, field experiences, and student teaching, as well as courses for Certification in Students with Disabilities (7–12) and Middle School Extension (5–6) in the content area. See Inclusive Adolescence Education for details.


B.S. in Inclusive Adolescence Education - Chemical Education (Dual Major)

This option is only available to students also pursuing the inclusive adolescence education major. As early as possible, a student should consult with an education advisor to set up a program leading to certification.

Requirements - Chemical Education Only

  • CHEM 103C - P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L - General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C - General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L - General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 - SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L - Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • CHEM 250 - Sophomore Seminar (1)
  • CHEM 300 - Practicum in Laboratory Development (3)
  • CHEM 315 - Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 315L - Analytical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 365 - Physical Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 365L - Physical Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • Choose ONE:
    • CHEM 316 - Analytical Chemistry II (3)
    • CHEM 366 - Physical Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 408 - Biochemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 441 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CHEM 449 - Seminar Preparation (0)
  • CHEM 450 - Seminar (1)
  • MATH 120C - P4 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 122C - P4 Calculus II (4)
  • PHYS 131C - P4 General Physics I (4)*
  • PHYS 132C - P4 General Physics II (4)*

Total: 58 credits (plus 46 credits for the inclusive adolescence education major)

*The Department of Chemistry requires that majors take PHYS 131C and PHYS 132C to satisfy their College physics requirement. Alternatively, students may complete PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C, in addition to MATH 221C, to satisfy this physics requirement. In keeping with the recommended progression for all of the chemistry major programs, students taking PHYS 121C and PHYS 122C must satisfy the MATH 221C requirement prior to the fall semester of their junior year to meet the prerequisites for CHEM 365, or else they would need permission from the chemistry department chair.


Minor in Chemistry

A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.

Requirements

  • CHEM 103C - P4 General Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 103L - General Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHEM 104C - General Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 104L - General Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHEM 201 - SQ Organic Chemistry I (3)
    CHEM 201L - Organic Chemistry Lab I (2)
  • CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II (3)
    CHEM 202L - Organic Chemistry Lab II (2)
  • One CHEM lecture course with the corresponding lab course at or beyond CHEM 315
    (CHEM 410 is the corresponding lab for CHEM 408; CHEM 435 is the corresponding lab for CHEM 431) (4-5 credits)

Total: 22-23 credits


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.