Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Chemistry (BS)

The Chemistry program offers a Bachelor of Science degree with two tracks and a minor. Track One will lead to an American Chemical Society (ACS) Accredited Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry.

General Education Requirements  42-45 credits 
Major Requirements  64-82 credits 
Total Credits Required  120*
*21-23 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

Individual and Society Course(IS)

3

Creative Expression Course(CE)

3

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

3

PHY 160General Physics II(SW)(STEM)

3

 

Social Science or TALA course at or above 200-level

4

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

Total Credit Hours: 64-82

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.

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.

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.

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.