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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Donna S. Amenta, Head
Phone: (540) 568-6246
E-mail: amentads@jmu.edu
Web site: www.jmu.edu/chemistry/intro.htm

Professors
D. Amenta, T. DeVore, D. Downey, J. Gilje, J. Leary

Associate Professors
B. Augustine, S. Lewis, G. MacDonald, B. Reisner

Assistant Professors
K. Caran, K. Layman, V. Mariani, K. Minbiole, D. Mohler

Lecturer
D. Warnaar

 

Mission
Career Opportunities
Co-curricular Activities and Organizations
Degree and Major Requirements
Concentrations
Recommended Schedule for Majors
Minor Requirements
Credit by Examination
Teacher Licensure

 

Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the B.S. degree for a major in chemistry, biochemistry and in chemistry/chemical education. It also offers minors in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, and materials science. The programs are designed to provide the theoretical and practical instruction in chemistry and related areas to prepare students for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, paramedical areas, forensic sciences, chemical engineering and other technology based areas. The department also recognizes its responsibility to provide courses for non-chemistry majors who need a basic understanding of the principles of chemistry either for their chosen major or their general education.

 

Career Opportunities

  • Graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry or related areas (ACS Certified Degrees preferred)
  • Professional employment as a chemist or biochemist (ACS Certified Degrees preferred)
  • Professional school (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Pharmacy, Business and Law)
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Forensic science
  • Immunology
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Production supervision
  • Quality control
  • Research assistant
  • Scientific writing
  • Some forms of development work
  • Technical library science
  • Toxicology

 

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Fraternity (Coed)

 

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

Degree Requirements
Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education 1
41
Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education)
3
Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education)
3-4
Major requirements (listed below) and electives
70-74

 
120

1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill.

Note: The credit hours for major requirements will vary based on the chosen concentration.

 

Major Requirements
Core Courses
Credit Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II
6
CHEM 135L. Special General Chemistry Lab1
1
CHEM 136L. Special General Chemistry Lab1
2
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I
3
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture
6
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry
4
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I
3
CHEM 370. Inorganic Chemistry I
3
CHEM 387L-388L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory
4
CHEM 481-482. Literature and Seminar I-II
2

Note: 1 CHEM131L and 132L may be substituted

 

Electives

The well-prepared student is encouraged to take as many of the additional departmental offerings as possible as electives with particular attention being given to junior and/or senior research projects.

 

Concentrations

Concentration I: American Chemical Society Accredited Programs

Required Courses for all ACS Certified Degrees

Core Courses
CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory

 

In addition, to ensure a sound background in physics, mathematics and technical writing the following courses are required:

MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II (or Math 231, 232, 236)
8-12
PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II
6
PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratory
2

These courses may not be taken credit/no-credit.

Program-Specific Courses
Credit Hours
ACS Certified Chemistry Major:
CHEM 300. Numerical Methods in Chemistry
1
CHEM 470. Inorganic Chemistry II
3
 
ACS Certified Biochemistry Major:
BIO 380. General Microbiology
4
BIO 480. Molecular Biology
4
CHEM 362. Biochemistry II
3
CHEM 366L. Biochemistry Laboratory
2

This program also meets the recommended undergraduate degree requirements of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for a major in biochemistry.

ACS Certified Materials Chemistry
CHEM 275. Introduction to Materials Science
3
CHEM 445. Polymers Chemistry
4
PHYS 381. Substituted for CHEM 438L/Materials
3

Characterization Lab

 
MATH 237. Calculus III
4
MATH 238. Linear Algebra/Diff. Equations
4
ISAT 432. Materials Design & Selection
3
 
ACS Certified Degree in Chemical Education:
See "Licensure Programs"

 

Concentration II: General

Students following the general concentration must take, in addition to the core courses, the following:

 
Credit Hours
CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory
1
CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis
3
CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
2
Choose one:
MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II
8
MATH 231-232. Calculus with Functions I-II and MATH 236. Calculus II
12
PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II1
6
PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratory
2
Upper division chemistry lecture elective
3

 

Concentration III: Chemistry/Business

This program is designed for business-oriented chemistry students preparing for careers in patent law, technical sales, technical service and related areas. Students following the chemistry/business concentration must take, in addition to core courses, the following courses:

 
Credit Hours
COB 241. Financial Accounting
3
COB 242. Managerial Accounting
3
CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory
1
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)
3
G ECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics
3
FIN 345. Managerial Finance
3
MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus I-II
6
MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior
3
MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing
3
PHYS 140-150. College Physics I-II
6
PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratory
2
Chemistry or approved science courses
5

Although business electives may be taken by students in this concentration, the total number of business credit hours may not exceed 27.

 

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First semester first year biology majors are encouraged to start with a 14-15 hour course load. This will generally include BIO 114, CHEM 131 and CHEM 131L, and/or a math course plus General Education. The work load will then be increased in the second semester based on the level of first semester success.

 

First Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II
6

CHEM 135L-136L. Special General Chemistry
Laboratory (or 131L-132L)

3
MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II
8
General Education courses or electives
14

 
31

 

Second Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 341-342. Organic Chemistry Lecture
6
CHEM 370. Inorganic Chemistry I
3
CHEM 387L-388L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory
4
PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II
6
PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratory
2
General Education courses or electives
9

 
30

 

Third Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I
3
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry
4
CHEM 352-352L. Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory
5
CHEM 481-482. Literature and Seminar I-II
2
General Education courses or electives
16

 
30

 

Fourth Year
Credit Hours
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I
3
CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II
3
CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory
2
General Education courses or electives
21

 
29

 

Minor Requirements

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor

See the description of the interdisciplinary biochemistry minor

 

Chemistry Minor

The requirements for a chemistry minor are 24 credit hours in chemistry, distributed as follows:

CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories

CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories CHEM 221-221L. Concepts of Organic Chemistry with Laboratory

CHEM 341-342-346L. Organic Chemistry Lecture with Laboratory

CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry
Choose from the following

CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory

CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II with

CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory

An approved elective such as:

CHEM 370. Inorganic Chemistry I

CHEM 361. Biochemistry I

Or any 3 credit 300 or 400 level chemistry course

Note: In order to complete this program, prerequisite courses in mathematics and physics are required.

 

Materials Science Minor

See the description of the interdisciplinary material sciences minor

 

Credit by Examination

The chemistry and biochemistry department offers credit by examination for CHEM 131 and 132, General Chemistry I-II. Students who want permission to take the examination must apply to the department head. Details regarding approval to take the examination and examination dates will be provided when the application is received.

 

Teaching Licensure

In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, chemistry majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must complete the Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

Chemistry majors must also complete a course in biology and a course in geology. It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See the College of Education for teacher education admission and retention policies and procedures, and Secondary Education requirements.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with an education adviser. For a full description of the program in secondary teaching, refer to the College of Education.