Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Chemistry (7-12) (BS)

For admission and continuation in the Chemistry 7-12 Bachelor of Science and all Adolescence Education courses students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Students wishing to be recommended by the College for certification must successfully complete the education sequence.  In order to finish the sequence in two years it is recommended that students begin coursework at the beginning of their junior year.

General Education Requirements 42 credits 
Major Requirements  88-106 credits 
Total Credits Required  120*

*20-23 credits required for the Major also satisfy general education requirements.

General Education Requirements

This program has a waiver to specify particular courses students must take in the areas of the General Education Requirements (Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning, Life and Physical Sciences, Scientific World and College Option). If students take different courses in these areas, they will be certified as having completed the requirements, but it may not be possible for them to finish their degree program within the regular number of credits.

ENG 111Introduction to College Writing(EC)

3

ENG 151College Writing(EC)

3

 

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

OR

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

 

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

 

World Cultures and Global Issues Course(WG)

3

US Experience in its Diversity Course(US)

3

PSY 100Psychology(IS)

3

Creative Expression Course(CE)

3

CHM 142General Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

3

 

EDP 220Special Educational Needs of People with Disabilities(RLA)

3

CHM 121General Chemistry I Laboratory(CO)

1

CHM 127General Chemistry II Laboratory(CO)

1

PHY 120General Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

 

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

OR

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

OR

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

Major Requirements

CHM 100Introduction to Chemistry(RLA)

3

CHM 101Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory(RLA)

1

 

CHM 141General Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

CHM 121General Chemistry I Laboratory(CO)

1

CHM 142General Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

CHM 127General Chemistry II Laboratory(CO)

1

PHY 120General Physics I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 121General Physics I Laboratory(CO)

1

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

3

PHY 161General Physics II Laboratory(CO)

1

 

MTH 123College Algebra and Trigonometry(MQ)(STEM)

4

MTH 130Pre-Calculus Mathematics(MQ)(STEM)

3

 

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

MTH 230Calculus I with Pre-Calculus(MQ)(STEM)

6

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

OR

MTH 229Calculus Computer Laboratory(RLA)

1

MTH 231Analytic Geometry and Calculus I(MQ)(STEM)

3

MTH 232Calculus II(MQ)(STEM)

3

MTH 233Calculus III(MQ)

3

CHM 240Analytical Chemistry(LP)(SW)(STEM)

4

CHM 250Organic Chemistry I(LP)(SW)(STEM)

5

CHM 256Organic Chemistry II(LP)(SW)(STEM)

5

CHM 330Physical Chemistry: Equilibria(RLA)

4

CHM 336Physical Chemistry: Processes(RLA)

4

CHM 337Experimental Methods in Physical Chemistry(RLA)

4

CHM 360Inorganic Chemistry(RLA)

4

In addition to the above, students must complete the requirements listed in either Track One or Track Two

 

Track One: ACS Accredited BS in Chemistry

CHM 370Biochemistry I(RLA)

4

Two additional chemistry courses at or above 300-level chosen from the following:

CHM 340Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis(RLA)

4

CHM 350Advanced Organic Chemistry(RLA)

4

CHM 375Modeling in Chemistry and Biochemistry(RLA)

4

CHM 376Biochemistry II(RLA)

4

CHM 594Independent Study for Honors Research(RLA)

4

OR

Track Two

Two additional chemistry electives at the 300- or 400-level

8

AND

Education Sequence

EDS 201Social Foundations of Secondary Education(RLA)

4

EDS 202Psychological Foundations of Secondary Education(RLA)

4

EDS 304The Pedagogy of Secondary School in Science(RNL)

4

EDS 318The Secondary School Curriculum in Science(RNL)

4

EDS 400Student Teaching in Secondary Education(RNL)

6

EDS 401Reflection and Analysis in Student Teaching in Secondary Education(RNL)

2

 

Total Credit Hours: 88-106

General Criteria for Entry into the Education Sequences
Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above to enroll in introductory (foundations) education courses (EDS 201, EDS 202). Students whose GPAs are below 3.0 but above 2.9 may appeal for special permission to enroll in an introductory foundations course. All students apply for admission to an educational sequence while enrolled in one of the 200-level foundations courses listed above. Applicants must have already taken the NYSTCE Academic Literacy and Skills Test (ALST). Students who are denied admission to the an educational sequence may appeal the decision. Instructions for the appeal processes, including deadlines, are available in the School of Education office located in Building 3S, Room 208.
Criteria for Continuing in the Educational Sequences
Students must develop and maintain a program portfolio as outlined in the program handbook. Students must earn a C+ or above in each education class. Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.

Chemistry Advisory

One-year of high school chemistry is required prior to entry into CHM 141 and CHM 121.  If you have not completed one-year of high school chemistry you will be required to complete CHM 100 and CHM 101 prior to registering for CHM 141 and CHM 121.

Independent Study

All Chemistry majors are encouraged to take Independent Study (BIO 591-594 or CHM 591-594) to facilitate laboratory research as an elective.

Mathematics Minimum Grade Requirement

A grade of C or above is required in MTH 230, MTH 231, and MTH 232. Students will be allowed to repeat courses, if necessary.

Mathematics Placement

Depending on mathematics placement, some students may have to complete MTH 30, and/or MTH 35 and/or MTH 123, and/or MTH 130 prior to enrolling in MTH 230/229 or MTH 231/229.

Prerequisite Advisory

EDS 202 has a prerequisite of three credits in psychology.  PSY 100, which also satisfies the Individual and Society general education requirement, is strongly recommended.
NYS Certification Requirement
EDP 220 is a requirement for NYS Certification and may also be used to satisfy the social science general education requirement. Students are encouraged to take this course prior to graduation.

Total Credit Hours: 120

Honors

A student is eligible for admission to the honors program in Chemistry if he or she enters the senior year with a grade point average of 3.5 of higher.  To receive Honors in Chemistry, a student is required to pass at least eight credits of Independent Study, with a grade of A- or higher, completed during their last three semesters prior to graduation.  The topic of the Independent Study must be directed towards their Honors Thesis topic.  The student must also satisfy the following requirements detailed in the schedule below:

  • Sept 15th of their penultimate semester: Students submits a one-page summary of their proposed research project to the Chemistry Department Chairperson who will appoint a three-member Honors Committee to evaluate the proposal.  
  • October 15th of their penultimate semester:  The Honors Committee will grant or deny the students’ proposed research project.
  • November 1st of the penultimate semester: The student will meet with the Honors Committee to present their research proposal.  Suggestions from the committee will be used to help guide the research.
  • January 15th before their final semester:  The student will submit a five-page progress report to the Honors Committee.
  • February 1st of their final semester:  The Honors Committee will approve or deny continuation of the student’s honors project.
  • May 1st of their final semester: The student will submit an honors thesis to his/her Honors Committee that is written in the style of a major journal article.
  • May 10th, prior to end of final exam period of their final semester:  the student will present an oral defense of the thesis to the Honors Committee.  
Based on the written honors thesis and oral defense, the Honors Committee will approve or deny the Honors in Chemistry or Honors in Biochemistry designation.  The deadlines dates noted above are based on a June graduation date, but corresponding guidelines may be designated for January graduation and approved by their faculty supervisor and the Chemistry department chairperson.