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Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers courses leading to the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry. The department also offers a program culminating in the professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.Ch.). This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, and is undertaken primarily by students who desire to go directly to positions in the chemical industry, or to enroll for postgraduate study in chemistry.

SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Students who have a score on the university's math placement exam (ALEKS) earning placement into MATH 1720 or higher should enroll in CHEM 1110 /1111 if they plan to take more than one year of college chemistry, or plan to major in either a natural science or in biomedical, civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering. CHEM 1010/1011 and 1020/1021 are for students interested in the science of chemistry, but are not credited toward a major in chemistry, biology or physics. CHEM 1010/1011 and 1020/1021 may satisfy the General Education Natural Science requirements of other majors. CHEM 1010 may be taken as preparation by students of limited high school chemistry background whose curriculum requires CHEM 1110.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT

Beginning students who have had previous high school training in chemistry are invited to apply for advanced placement.

LABORATORY SAFETY AND COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Laboratory safety is strictly practiced in the Department of Chemistry. Approved eye protection must be worn as required in all chemical laboratories. In addition, to ensure that students enrolled in laboratory courses learn the necessary safety information to safely participate in the laboratory course, all prerequisites and/or corequisites for all laboratory courses are strictly enforced. As a result, when a student enrolls in a laboratory course without prior completion of the necessary prerequisite or corequisite, the student will be dropped from the laboratory course. In addition, when a student simultaneously enrolls in a laboratory course and corequisite course, but subsequently drops or discontinues the corequisite course, the student will be dropped from the laboratory course. In the event any student fails to comply with any safety requirements of the Department of Chemistry, the department has the right to not allow the student to perform laboratory work, or to withdraw the student from the laboratory course, as appropriate.

The requirements listed below are for majors and minors for the Bachelor of Science degrees or for minors for the Bachelor of Arts degrees; for detailed requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a professional degree, see degree requirements described later in this section.

NOTE: Students must complete CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121 before enrolling in any upper division course applied toward the major or the minor.

Chemistry Major (B.S.)

Program objectives for a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S.Ch. in Chemistry are: (a) to have a satisfactory knowledge and comprehension of core concepts of analytical, organic, physical, inorganic and bioorganic chemistry; (b) to develop the ability to critically assess and solve problems relating to theoretical and practical aspects of chemistry; (c) to have satisfactory laboratory skills; (d) to have satisfactory presentation skills to communicate chemical concepts and the results of investigations into chemical phenomena, through oral and written discourse and by way of mathematical sciences (e) to have satisfactory basic computer and computational skills; (f) will be satisfactorily prepared for entry level positions in the field, or for admission to graduate or professional school; (g) to demonstrate an understanding of professional ethics and the importance of chemistry in its impact on society.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.S.) Requirements (12 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Science requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (34-42 hours)

Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in all CHEM courses applied toward the major or minor, and in all required BIOL, PHYS, and MATH courses. Students must earn a grade of at least "C-" in CHEM 1110 and CHEM 1120 before enrolling in any upper-division CHEM course, and in CHEM 1111 and CHEM 1121 before enrolling in any upper-division CHEM laboratory course.

Any CHEM (or cross-listed) course may be repeated once at the student's option to earn a minimum grade of "C-." To repeat a CHEM (or cross-listed) course a second time, a student may apply for and receive special permission from the Chemistry Department. Application information is available in the Chemistry Department Office, Room 213, J.M. Smith Chemistry Building. No student may take a CHEM (or cross-listed) course more than three times in order to earn a minimum grade of "C-" without extraordinary departmental permission.

1. Core requirements (27 hours): CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121, (these courses are included in the University General Education Program requirements, credit hours not counted in 34-42 hours for the major), CHEM 3111, 3201/3211, 3301/3310, 3411, 3501/3511,  PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121 or 2010/2011, 2020/2021.

2. Plus (11-19 hours):

Either

a. General concentration: Five (5) upper division semester hours in chemistry not to include more than one type of experiential learning (CHEM 4901, CHEM 4916, or CHEM 4918), MATH 1910 (this course is included in the University General Education Program requirements), MATH 1920 and one of the following courses: MATH 2110, 4611, or COMP 1900.

or

b. Biochemistry concentration: MATH 1830 or 1910 (included in the University General Education Program requirements), MATH 4611, CHEM 4511/4501, BIOL 1110/1111, 1120/1121, and one of the following: CHEM 4512, BIOL 3500 or 3130.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Graduating with Honors in Chemistry
Applies to both the B.S.Ch. and the B.S. with a major in Chemistry

1. In order to graduate with Honors in Chemistry, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.25 in all science and mathematics courses required for the major.

2. The student must earn honors credit in a minimum of three 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have not been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120, or in a minimum of two 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120. Honors may be contracted in courses not offering a formal Honors section. A minimum grade of B is required in order to earn honors credit.

3. The student must successfully complete CHEM 4901/2/3 with a formal paper required in CHEM 4903 serving as the equivalent of an honors thesis.

4. The student must present his/her research to an audience external to the Department of Chemistry.

Chemistry Major (B.S. Ch.)

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University link for the University General Education Program requirements. Note the following specifications for the B.S.Ch. degree: Natural Science - CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121; Mathematics - MATH 1910.

B. College and Degree (B.S.Ch.) Requirements (13-14 hours)

Foreign Language: 6 hours in a single foreign language, or equivalent. If the language chosen is the same language used to fulfill University admission requirements, course must be at the 1020 level or above. If a different language is chosen, any six hours will fulfill the requirement.

1. If the language chosen was used to meet University admissions requirements, students must take the foreign language placement exam (if they have not already successfully completed a language course at an accredited institution of higher education). For information about the dates and place of placement exams, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. On the basis of the results of the placement exam, students should follow these guidelines:

If placed into 1010: complete 1010, 1020, 2010

If placed into 1020: complete 1020, 2010

If placed into 2010: complete 2010

If placed into 2020 or higher: language requirement fulfilled

Or complete 6 hours at any level of another language

2. Students presenting a language to meet University admission requirements cannot receive credit for 1010 in that language.

3. No credit hours are immediately granted on the basis of the placement exam.

4. Satisfactory completion of the language requirement by means of the placement exam will be noted on the student’s transcript.

5. Students whose first college-level language course is 2010 or higher and who pass this course with a minimum grade of "C" may apply for Credit by Course Placement. The applicable fees are listed in the Miscellaneous Fees section of this Catalog. Students wishing such credit must make written application to the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. Credit by Course Placement shall apply only to the lower division, and credit gained in this manner shall not exceed 12 semester hours in any one language. For additional information, see Credit by Course Placement in Section 5 of this Catalog.

6. Once a student begins with a lower-division course, all remaining higher-numbered courses in the lower division must be taken in sequence, without skipping. For example, students who begin with LATN 1010 cannot skip LATN 1020 and enroll in LATN 2010.

7. For students whose mother tongue is not English, lower-division credit in the native language will be awarded when the student has successfully completed the English composition requirement for graduation and has proven proficiency in the native language to the satisfaction of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. The student must make written application to the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Mathematics (7-8 hours): MATH 1920, and one of MATH 2110, 4721, 4611 or 4635.

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree, the student must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a grade point average of at least 2.0. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be in courses from the upper division.

C. The Major (41-42 hours)

1. Core requirements (27 hours):

Completion of CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121 (these courses are included in the University General Education Program requirements and must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in the following, credit hours not counted in 41-42 for the major), CHEM 3111, 3201/3211, 3301/3310,  3411, 3511/3501; PHYS 2110/2111, 2120/2121 (strongly recommended), or 2010/2011, 2020/2021.

2. Advanced requirements (14-15 hours)

Nine (9) upper division semester hours in chemistry lecture courses, two upper division chemistry laboratory courses and the undergraduate research course sequence CHEM 4901/4902/4903.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

E. Graduating with Honors in Chemistry
Applies to both the B.S.Ch. and the B.S. with a major in Chemistry

1. In order to graduate with Honors in Chemistry, the student must have an overall GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.25 in all science and mathematics courses required for the major.

2. The student must earn honors credit in a minimum of three 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have not been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120, or in a minimum of two 3-credit hour upper-division chemistry lecture courses if honors have been previously earned in CHEM 1110/1120. Honors may be contracted in courses not offering a formal Honors section. A minimum grade of B is required in order to earn honors credit.

3. The student must successfully complete CHEM 4901/2/3 with a formal paper required in CHEM 4903 serving as the equivalent of an honors thesis.

4. The student must present his/her research to an audience external to the Department of Chemistry.

Chemistry Minor

Completion of 20 semester hours in chemistry courses, including CHEM 1110/1111, 1120/1121, and 12 semester hours selected from courses applicable to the chemistry major and including at least two chemistry laboratory courses.

Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.) Sequence, General Concentration

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
CHEM 1110/1111 4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
MATH 1910 4 MATH 1920** 4
Foreign Language/B.S. 3 Foreign Language/B.S. 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 3310/3301 4 CHEM 3511/3501 4
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2381 3
PHYS 2110/2111*** 4 PHYS 2120/2121*** 4
MATH 2110* 4 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
    Social/Behavoiral Science* 3
Semester Totals 15 hrs   17 hrs

Junior Year

CHEM 3211/3201 5 CHEM 3411 3
CHEM 3111 3 UD Social Science/B.S. 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 History* 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 Elective 3
Elective 1 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

UD CHEM 2 UD elective 3
UD CHEM 3 UD elective 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
History* 3 UD elective 3
UD Humanities/B.S. 3 Elective 4
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   16 hrs
Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Two of the following may be selected: MATH 1920, 2110, 4611, COMP 1900.

***With permission of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, PHYS 2010/2011 and 2020/2021may be substituted for this sequence.

Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.) Sequence, Biochemistry Concentration

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
CHEM 1110/1111 4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
MATH 1830 or 1910 3-4 BIOL 1110/1111 4
Foreign Language/B.S. 3 Foreign Language/B.S. 3
    Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
Semester Totals 13-14 hrs   17 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 3310/3301 4 CHEM 3511/3501 4
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2381 3
PHYS 2110/2111*** 4 PHYS 2120/2121*** 4
BIOL 1120/1121 4 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   14 hrs

Junior Year

CHEM 3211/3201 5 CHEM 3411 3
CHEM 3111 3 BIOL 3130 or UD elective** 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Elective 3
History* 3 History* 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 MATH 4611 3
       
Semester Totals 17 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

CHEM 4511 3 UD Social Science/B.S. 3
CHEM 4501 2 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
UD Humanities/B.S. 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   15 hrs

Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

**Only one of BIOL 3130, BIOL 3500 or CHEM 4512 is required.

***With permission of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, PHYS 2010/2011 and 2020/2021may be substituted for this sequence.


Typical 4-Year Chemistry (B.S.Ch.) Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
CHEM 1110/1111 4 CHEM 1120/1121 4
MATH 1910 4 MATH 1920 4
Elective 3 Foreign Language/B.S. 3
Foreign Language/B.S. 3    
       
Semester Totals 17 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 3310/3301 4 CHEM 3111 3
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 CHEM 3511/3501 4
PHYS 2110 or 2111*** 4 PHYS 2120/2121*** 4
MATH 2110** 4 Elective 3
    COMM 2381 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   17 hrs

Junior Year

CHEM 3211/3201 5 CHEM 4901 1
UD CHEM 3 CHEM 3411 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Humanities/Fine Arts* 3
History* 3 UD Social Science/B.S. 3
    History* 3
    Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Semester Totals 14 hrs   16 hrs

Senior Year

CHEM 4902 1 CHEM 4903 1
UD CHEM lab 1 UD CHEM lab 1
UD CHEM 3 UD CHEM 3
Elective 3 UD elective 3
Social/Behavioral Science* 3 UD elective 3
UD Humanities/B.S.   Elective 2
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   13 hrs
Total Hours: 120

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement
**MATH 2110, 4721, 4611 or 4635.
***With permission of the Chair of the Chemistry Department, PHYS 2010/2011 and 2020/2021may be substituted for this sequence.

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