Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Mission Statement
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the B.S. degree for a major in chemistry, with concentrations that meet the American Chemical Society Accredited Programs requirements for programs in biochemistry, materials chemistry 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

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

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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

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1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.
2 The quantitative and scientific literacy requirements are met by courses required in the major.

NOTE: Students must complete all course work in one of the three concentrations listed to earn a bachelor's degree in chemistry. The credit hours for major requirements will vary based on the chosen concentration.

Major Requirements Credit Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II 6
CHEM 135L. Special General Chemistry Laboratory 1 1
CHEM 136L. Special General Chemistry Laboratory 1 2
CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry Lecture 6
CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry 4
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 370. Inorganic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 278L-288L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory 4
CHEM 481-482. Literature and Seminar I-II 2

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1 CHEM 131L 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.

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Concentrations

Concentration I: American Chemical Society Accredited Programs

Required Courses for all ACS Certified Degrees

Core Chemistry Courses Credit Hours
CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis 3
CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 2
CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2

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Required Cognate Courses for all ACS Certified Degrees
In addition, to ensure a sound background in physics and mathematics the following courses are required.

Required Cognate Courses 1 Credit Hours
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 Laboratories 2

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

Program-Specific Courses

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

Note: 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 Credit Hours
CHEM 275. Introduction to Materials Science 3
CHEM 445. Polymer Chemistry 4
PHYS 381. Substituted for CHEM 438L/Materials Characterization Lab 3
MATH 237. Calculus III 4
MATH 238. Linear Algebra with Differential Equations 4
ISAT 432. Selection and Use of Engineering Materials 3
ACS Certified Degree in Chemical Education  
See "Licensure Programs."  

 

Concentration II: General Chemistry
Students following the general concentration must take, in addition to the core courses, the following:

Courses 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 or 8
MATH 231-232. Calculus with Functions I-II and 12
MATH 236. Calculus II  
PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II 1 6
PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratories 2
Upper division chemistry elective 3

1 Students electing the general concentration are urged to take the same physics courses recommended under Concentration I; however, in special cases, PHYS 140-150 may be substituted with approval of the student's department adviser.

 

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:

Courses Credit Hours
ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors 3
COB 204. Computer Information Systems 3
CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)  
GECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
FIN 345. Finance for the Non-financial Manager 3
MATH 235-236. Introductory Calculus I-II 8-12
OR MATH 231, 232, 236  
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 8 or 4
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 Laboratories 2
Chemistry or approved science courses 5
Suggested Elective:  
COB 218. Legal Environment of Business 3

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

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Recommended Schedule for Majors

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
BIO 114. Organisms 4
General Education courses or electives 10

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Second Year Credit Hours
CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry Lecture 6
CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 278L-288L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory 4
PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II 6
PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratories 2
General Education courses or electives 9

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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

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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

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Minor Requirements

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor
Refer to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minor in "Cross Disciplinary Programs" for more detailed information on this cross disciplinary program.

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

Courses Credit Hours
CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II  
CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories  
Choose from the following:  
CHEM 241-242-242L. 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 270. Inorganic Chemistry I  
CHEM 361. Biochemistry I  
Any 3 credit 300 or 400 level chemistry course  

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

Materials Science Minor
Refer to the Materials Science Minor in "Cross Disciplinary Programs" for more detailed information on this cross disciplinary program.

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Credit by Examination
The chemistry and biochemistry department offers credit by examination for CHEM 131 and
CHEM 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
Students interested in becoming teachers must meet specific curriculum requirements in their major as part of the undergraduate academic degree. Chemistry majors must also complete a course in biology and a course in geology.

In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, chemistry majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must be admitted to teacher education, complete the pre-professional program in secondary education at the undergraduate level and the graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

It is critical that students seeking licensure consul regularly with both their education adviser and their major adviser to support their progression through the programs. For a full description of the program in secondary teaching, refer to the Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education, in addition to the College of Education/Professional Education Unit section of the catalog.

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