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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. In addition, the department offers a B.S. degree in biophysical chemistry. 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)
  • Iota Sigma Pi

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) 2

3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education) 2

3-4

Major requirements and electives

70-74


120

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.

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.

Core Requirements for all Concentrations            

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 241-242. Organic Chemistry Lecture

6

CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 287L-288L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory

4

CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I

3

CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 361. Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 481-482. Literature and Seminar I-II

2


 

34

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 attention being given to junior and/or senior research projects.

Concentrations

Concentration I: American Chemical Society Certified Programs

Required Courses for all ACS Certified Programs

All ACS Certified Programs require a minimum of 400 hours of laboratory and research.

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


 

10

Required Cognate Courses for all ACS Certified Programs

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

Required Courses                                                       

Credit Hours

MATH 235-236. Calculus II

8-10 

(or MATH 231MATH 232 and MATH 236)

PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II

6

PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratories

2

Program Specific Courses

ACS Certified Chemistry                                                 

Credit Hours

CHEM 470. Inorganic Chemistry II

3

MATH 237. Calculus III

4

MATH 238. Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

4


ACS Certified Biochemistry                                                 

Credit Hours

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                         

Credit Hours

CHEM 375. Introduction to Materials Science

3

CHEM 445. Polymer Chemistry

4

PHYS 381. Materials Characterization Lab (Substituted for CHEM 438L)

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 Chemical Education

See Licensure Programs.


Concentration II: General Program in 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

2

CHEM 352. Instrumental Analysis

3

CHEM 352L. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

2

MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II

8-12

(or MATH 231MATH 232 and MATH 236)

 

PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II

6

PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratories

2

Upper division chemistry elective

3


Concentration III: Chemistry/Business Program

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

CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

ACTG 244. Accounting for Non-Business Majors

3

COB 204. Computer Information Systems

3

ECON 201. Principles of Economics (Micro)

3

ECON 200. Introduction to Macroeconomics

3

FIN 345. Finance for the Non-financial Manager

3

MATH 220. Elementary Statistics

3

MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II

8-10

(or MATH 231MATH 232 and MATH 236)

 

MGT 305. Management and Organizational Behavior

3

MKTG 380. Principles of Marketing

3

PHYS 240-250. 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


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 Chemistry Majors

First Year                                                                 

Credit Hours

CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II

6

CHEM 135L-136L. Special General Chemistry Laboratory

 

(or CHEM 131L-132L)

3

MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II

8

BIO 114. Organisms

4

General Education courses or electives

10


 

31

 

Second Year                                                              

Credit Hours

CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry Lecture

6

CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 287L-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


 

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 361. Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 481-482. Literature and Seminar I-II

2

General Education courses or electives

13


 

30

Fourth Year                                      

Credit Hours

CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II

3

CHEM 438L. Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

General Education courses or electives

24


 

29

Bachelor of Science in Biophysical Chemistry

Degree Requirements

Required Courses                                                       

Credit Hours

General Education 1

41

Quantitative requirement (in addition to General Education) 2

3

Scientific Literacy requirement (in addition to General Education) 2

3-4

Major requirements and electives

86-88


 

131

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 for the major.

Major Requirements                                                    

Credit Hours

CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II

6

CHEM 135L. Special General Chemistry Lab 1

1

CHEM 136L. Special General Chemistry Lab 1

2

CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry

6

CHEM 287L-288L. Organic Laboratory 2

4

CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry

3

CHEM 361. Biochemistry I

4

CHEM 363. Biophysical Chemistry (Literature & Seminar included)

3

CHEM 367L. Biochemistry Laboratory (fall)

2

CHEM 368L. Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory (spring)

2

CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I

3

CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II

3

CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

BIO 114. Organisms

4

BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology

4

BIO 480. Advanced Molecular Biology

4

Physics and Mathematics Background Courses

24

MATH 235-237. Calculus I-III

 

(or MATH 231MATH 232MATH 236MATH 237)

 

MATH 238. Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

 

PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II

 

PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratory

 

Choose at least two of the following electives:

6-8

CHEM/PHYS/MATS 375. An Introduction to Materials Science

 

CHEM 362. Biochemistry II (Special Topics)

 

CHEM 440. Intermediate Organic

 

CHEM 445. Polymer Chemistry

 

CHEM 470. Inorganic Chemistry II

 

BIO 324. Human Genetics

 

BIO 445. Neurobiology

 

BIO 475. Advanced Cell Biology

 

PHYS 260. University Physics III

 

PHYS 270. Modern Physics

 

PHYS 326. Biophysics

 

PHYS/MATS 381. Materials Characterization

 

MATH 318. Introduction to Probability and Statistics

 

BIO/MATH 342. Mathematical Models in Biology

 

CHEM 390. Problems in Chemistry /497. Undergraduate Chemical Research/499. Honors

 

BIO 494. Internship in Biology/497. Biological Research

 

PHYS 398. Independent Study in Physics /498R. Undergraduate Research in Physics/ 499. Honors

 

MATH 497-498. Independent Study/499. Honors

 

ANY 300-400 level CHEM, PHYS or MATH course pre-approved by adviser

 


 86-88

1 CHEM 131L/132L may be substituted.

2 CHEM 242L may be substituted.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Credit Hours

CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II

6

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

3

BIO 114. Organisms

4

MATH 235-236. Calculus I-II

8

General Education courses or electives

12


 

33

Second Year

Credit Hours

CHEM 241-242. Organic Chemistry Lecture

6

CHEM 270. Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 287L-288L. Integrated Inorganic/Organic Laboratory

4

BIO 214. Cell and Molecular Biology

4

MATH 237. Calculus III

4

PHYS 240-250. University Physics I-II

6

PHYS 140L-150L. General Physics Laboratory

2

General Education courses or electives

3


 

32

Third Year

Credit Hours

CHEM 331. Physical Chemistry I

3

CHEM 336L. Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 361. Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 367L. Biochemistry Laboratory

2

MATH 238. Linear Algebra/Differential Equations

4

General Education courses or electives

14


 

32

Fourth Year                                                            

Credit Hours

CHEM 363. Biophysical Chemistry

3

CHEM 368L. Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHEM 432. Physical Chemistry II

3

BIO 480. Advanced Molecular Biology

4

General Education courses or electives

12


 

24

Minor Requirements

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

For more detailed information on this cross disciplinary minor, refer to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology page.

Chemistry Minor

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

Courses                                                                   

Credit Hours

General Chemistry

8

CHEM 131-132. General Chemistry I-II

 

CHEM 131L-132L. General Chemistry Laboratories

 

Organic Chemistry: One or two lectures and corresponding lab

4-8

CHEM 241 + CHEM 241L.

 

(or CHEM 241 + CHEM 242 + CHEM 242L)

 

Physical Chemistry: One lecture and corresponding lab

5

CHEM 331 + CHEM 336L (or CHEM 432 + CHEM 438L)

 

Analytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 351. Analytical Chemistry

 

An approved three-credit CHEM elective

3


 

24

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

These courses collectively fulfill the nine-credit approved technical elective package for the Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Materials Science Minor

Refer to Cross Disciplinary Programs for more detailed information on this cross disciplinary 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

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 consult 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.