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2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry – Major


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Chemistry is a fundamental science that is critical to the understanding of many other scientific and health professional fields. An understanding of the molecular nature of substances, and how they react, enables one to understand how they can best be used to improve our lives.

Over the years, chemists have contributed enormously to the health and well-being of their fellow human beings. Physicians, for example, may prescribe lifesaving drugs; but chemists discover them and make them. The efficiency and productivity of U.S. and worldwide agriculture is due in no small part to the chemical fertilizers and insecticides that chemists have synthesized. Chemists also play an important role in evaluating and treating environmental problems (i.e., “green chemistry”) and help to address national security concerns, such as the detection of chemical weapons and explosives.

Chemists are employed in industries as diverse as petroleum refining, food processing, cosmetics, rubber, plastics, fabrics, and energy production. In government labs, they monitor the environment and the purity of our foods and drugs, and in forensic chemistry laboratories, they identify and assist in prosecuting criminals. Many teach the wonders of science in settings from junior high school to university. Some chemistry majors use their degrees as the basis for professional training in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law, or business.

Chemistry Degree Requirements


To qualify for the bachelor of science in chemistry, a minimum of 125 credit hours of approved courses is required, including courses in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, humanities, and communications, which are required to meet the University general education curriculum.

A minimum of 56 credit hours of courses in all areas of chemistry is required, along with supporting courses in mathematics and natural science as indicated below. These courses also satisfy 13 credit hours of the general education curriculum.

American Chemical Society certification of the degree can be obtained by inclusion of selected chemistry courses as part of the 56 credit hours required. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete as part of their degree program, an undergraduate research project with the guidance of a department faculty member.

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Supporting Requirements in Sciences and Mathematics (29–30 credits)


And one of the following:


Chemistry Program Electives (6 credits)


Students must choose a minimum of 6 credits from any combination of the courses listed below. The CH 450 - Undergraduate Research experience is strongly encouraged for all department majors. An application form is available in the department office. A maximum of 3 credits of CH 450 and CH 480 can be used to meet this requirement, and both courses require the approval of the department chair prior to registration. Additional courses, including graduate courses, may be selected with the approval of the department chair.

Free Electives (3 credits)


Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree Program


Students may take advantage of the opportunity to integrate their BS degree program with one of the graduate degree programs offered through the department in either chemistry or biochemistry, including the MS (non-thesis), MS (thesis), and PhD programs. Students should consult with the department’s graduate program director regarding the differences among the various options and the specific requirements needed to enroll in the integrated program. Students may apply to the integrated rrogram at any point prior to the beginning of the fourth year of their BS program. However, because not all graduate courses are offered every year, the time required to complete a BS/MS integrated program will depend in part on when students enter the program.

Sample Chemistry Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 15


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

And one of the following:


Credits/Semester: 17–18


Third Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Chemistry Program Elective I Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • Free Elective Credits: 6
    (See Footnote 2 Below)

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • Chemistry Program Elective II Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • Free Elective Credits: 6
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Minimum Total Credits: 125


Footnotes:


  1. Chemistry program electives, in addition to the preapproved list, may be selected from other appropriate undergraduate courses with the approval of the department chair, as well as graduate courses with the approval of the instructor and department chair.
  2. At least one free elective cannot be a course offered or required by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

General Notes:


  1. American Chemical Society certification of the chemistry BS degree can be obtained by selecting as chemistry program electives or free electives, CH 416 - Chemical Synthesis Laboratory and one additional advanced chemistry course approved by the department chair.
  2. The CH 450 - Undergraduate Research experience is strongly encouraged for all department majors. An application form is available in the department office.

Sample Chemistry Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Second Year


Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 15


Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

And one from the following:


Credits/Semester: 17-18


Third Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Chemistry Program Elective I Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • Free Elective Credits: 6
    (See Footnote 2 Below)

Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • Chemistry Program Elective II Credits: 3
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • Free Elective Credits: 6
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Minimum Total Credits: 125


Footnotes:


  1. Chemistry program electives, in addition to the preapproved list, may be selected from other appropriate undergraduate courses with the approval of the department chair, as well as graduate courses with the approval of the instructor and department chair.
  2. At least one free elective cannot be a course offered or required by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry.

General Notes:


  1. American Chemical Society certification of the chemistry BS degree can be obtained by selecting as chemistry program electives or free electives, CH 416 - Chemical Synthesis Laboratory and one additional advanced chemistry course approved by the department chair.
  2. The CH 450 - Undergraduate Research experience is strongly encouraged for all department majors. An application form is available in the department office.

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