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Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), emphasizes laboratory and independent research beyond that required of the Bachelor of Arts and is designed to prepare graduates for graduate school, medical school, and chemistry-related positions in business, government and industry.

All degrees in Chemistry are designed to stimulate analytical reasoning and encourage a discriminating approach to problem-solving. All degrees provide a working knowledge in chemistry and the skills to pursue careers in chemistry and related fields.

Major Requirements

Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement. Chemistry majors must complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry:

MATH 135 Precalculus A
CHEM 191 Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
CHEM 192 Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
24 credit hours of Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS-accredited):

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 390 Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM 391, 392 Physical Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 421 Advanced Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 450 Research in the Chemical Sciences
MATH 213, 214 Calculus I and II
PHYS 201, 202 Physics I and II and Labs
one or more courses selected from the following:
CHEM 430 Topics in Chemistry
CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 432 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 433 Advanced Physical Chemistry
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry

Chemistry Major with an Environmental Concentration

This course of study expands the student's knowledge of the environment and how best to live in it, particularly from a chemical point of view. Studies dealing with actual environmental problems in modern society provide students with the logical scientific framework and develop the intellectual power necessary for finding possible solutions and deciding upon the more desirable ones. Emphasis is on laboratory and field studies designed to develop the skills and techniques necessary for analyzing environmental problems. Students may pursue either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

The Bachelor of Science in chemistry with an environmental concentration prepares students for positions in industry and governmental agencies. Employment opportunities include: state health departments, municipal sewage treatment plants, environmental protection agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, industrial consulting firms, and chemical industries.

Chemistry majors who elect the environmental concentration must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement. Chemistry majors with the environmental concentration must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

MATH 135 Precalculus A
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab
BIO 104 or 106 Biology II and Lab or Oceanography and Lab
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 201, 202 Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs
and 16 credit hours of Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 390 Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM 391, 392 Physical Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 421 Advanced Chemistry Lab I
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
CHEM 450 Research in the Chemical Sciences
MATH 213, 214 Calculus I and II
PHYS 201, 202 Physics I and II and Labs

Minor Requirements

Requirements for the Minor in Chemistry

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs
two of the following:
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 390 Biochemistry and Lab
CHEM 391, 392 Physical Chemistry I and II and Labs

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Chemistry

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 201, 202 Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab

Courses

Chemistry Courses

CHEM 190 - Introduction to Chemical Principles
Prerequisite: Entrance by examination, Concurrent enrollment in MATH 117 or higher or consent of instructor

This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry who plan to take additional chemistry courses to satisfy degree requirements for chemistry, biology, marine biology, or engineering programs. There is no laboratory associated with this course and this course does not fulfill chemistry requirements for science or engineering majors or minors. (3 credits) Fall

CHEM 191 - Principles of Chemistry I and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
CHEM 191 and 192 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in science
Prerequisite: Placement by examination . Concurrent enrollment in , or completion of, MATH 135 or higher or departmental approval.

Primarily intended for science majors. Examines the development of such concepts as the structure of matter, the chemical bond, the gas laws, and solutions. Laboratory is an integral part of the course. (4 credits) Fall

CHEM 192 - Principles of Chemistry II and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
CHEM 191 and 192 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in science
Prerequisite: Successful completion ( C- or higher) of CHEM 191

Continuation of Chemistry 191L, intended primarily for science majors. Emphasizes thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium concepts, electrochemistry, and some organic chemistry. Laboratory is an integral part of the course. (4 credits) Spring

CHEM 201 - Environmental Chemistry I and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry and Environmental Science Core Concentration
Prerequisites: CHEM 191 and 192

Examines the human impact of global environmental chemical products and processes. Uses system concepts to define the boundaries and essential inputs and outputs of each subsystem. Primary emphasis on the hydrosphere and the lithosphere, with major concentration on water pollution, solid waste management, hazardous wastes, and pesticides. (4 credits) Fall

CHEM 202 - Environmental Chemistry II and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry and Environmental Science Core Concentration
Prerequisites: CHEM 191 and 192

This portion of the sequence concentrates on air pollution and energy. Emphasizes the biosphere and the atmosphere, and the consequences of burning fossil fuels. (4 credits) Spring

CHEM 301 - Organic Chemistry I and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisite: Entrance by examination and successful completion of CHEM 192

Examines the theory and basic principles of the common organic functional groups. Topics include: hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, aromatic compounds, and stereochemistry. Laboratory emphasizes organic qualitative analysis. (4 credits) Fall

CHEM 302 - Organic Chemistry II and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisite: CHEM 301

Continuation of CHEM 301. Topics include: spectroscopic structural determination, alcohols, acids, and their derivatives; aldehydes and ketones; amines; and bio-organic compounds. Laboratory is project-oriented and emphasizes synthesis and instrumental techniques. (4 credits) Spring

CHEM 311 - Analytical Chemistry and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisite: CHEM 192

Theory and applications of quantitative analytical techniques, including gravimetric, volumetric, and potentiometric analysis. Theory and application of separation techniques are included. Laboratory includes fundamentals applicable to the solution of biological, chemical, medical, environmental, and industrial problems. (4 credits) Fall

CHEM 312 - Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisite: CHEM 192

Emphasizes theory and application of optical and electrometric methods of chemical analysis. In the laboratory, atomic absorption, infrared spectroscopy, ultraviolet and visible absorption spectroscopy, chromatography and other instrumental methods are used. (4 credits) Alternate Spring

CHEM 320 - Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisites: CHEM 301, 302 or consent of instructor.

Examines the major underlying principles of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the systematic chemistry of the elements, electronic structure of atoms, bonding, structure, reactivity and spectroscopy of inorganic compounds. The chemistry of coordination, organometallic and biologically important inorganic compounds is also examined. The laboratory develops new experimental techniques and provides experimental data to support the theoretical discussion. (4 credits) Fall

CHEM 390 - Biochemistry and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisites: CHEM 301, 302

Study of the metabolism of the chemical constituents of living matter with emphasis on mechanisms regulating the synthesis and degradation of these chemical entities in biological systems. (4 credits) Spring

CHEM 391 - Physical Chemistry I and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisites: CHEM 192, MATH 214 or consent of instructor and/or PHYS 201 (may be taken concurrently)

Examines the basic principles underlying chemistry. Included are the laws of thermodynamics and applications to chemical phenomena, kinetic theory of gases, phase equilibria, and chemical equilibria. The laboratory illustrates the principles of physical chemistry and introduces students to the techniques and methods used to study physico-chemical systems. (4 credits) Fall

CHEM 392 - Physical Chemistry II and Lab
Fulfills a course requirement in the Chemistry Core Concentration
Prerequisites: CHEM 391, MATH 214 or consent of instructor and PHYS 202 (may be taken concurrently)

Continuation of CHEM 391. Topics include chemical kinetics, electro-chemistry, an introduction to quantum mechanics, and statistical thermodynamics. Applications include the harmonic oscillator, the hydrogen atom, approximate treatments of atoms and molecules, and the theoretical basis of spectroscopy. Part of the laboratory is devoted to special projects. (4 credits) Spring

CHEM 421 - Advanced Chemistry Lab I
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing; or consent of instructor

An advanced, integrated laboratory designed to provide the upper-level chemistry student with additional exposure to modern experimental techniques. Experiments typically involve physical measurement, analysis, synthetic methods, spectroscopy, and computer data analysis. May be repeated for credit. (1 Credit) Fall, Spring

CHEM 422 - Advanced Chemistry Lab II
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing; or consent of instructor

Continuation of CHEM 421. Experiments typically involve physical measurement, analysis, synthetic methods, spectroscopy, and computer data analysis. May be repeated for credit. (1 Credit) Offered on demand

CHEM 430 - Topics in Chemistry
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

Offers a series of topics at the advanced level or topics of importance in contemporary chemistry. Topics determined by students in consultation with faculty. (3 credits) Special Offering

CHEM 431 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 320, 391, 392; or consent of instructor

Application of physical chemical principles to inorganic systems of Emphasizes kinetics as a tool to probe mechanistic details inorganic reactions as well as theoretical development of the spectroscopy and magnetism of atoms and complexes. Group theory and coordination chemistry also emphasized. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

CHEM 432 - Advanced Organic Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 302, 391, 392; or consent of instructor

Advanced course in kinetics, mechanisms, and stereo-chemical aspects of organic reactions. Structure and reactivity are discussed in terms of modern bonding theory. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

CHEM 433 - Advanced Physical Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 391 and 392; or consent of instructor

Treatment of quantum mechanics in chemistry at a level beyond the qualitative manner given in the introductory Physical Chemistry course. Emphasizes principles of quantum chemistry, especially as applied to chemical bonding and to spectroscopy. Prepares students for work in modern inorganic, organic, and biotechnology fields. (3 credits) Alternate Spring

CHEM 434 - Advanced Environmental Chemistry
Prerequisites: CHEM 391 and 392; or consent of instructor

Examines the principles of aquatic chemistry. Topics include: equilibrium processes in natural waters, including multisystem equilibria; complexation; oxidation-reduction; surface chemistry; kinetic control vs. thermodynamic control of these processes; and some aspects of sediment chemistry. (3 credits) Alternate Fall

CHEM 450 - Research in the Chemical Sciences
Prerequisite: Open only to qualified students with consent of a research advisor

Research and directed readings. Project chosen in consultation with the research advisor. May be repeated for credit. (1- 3 credits) Offered on demand

CHEM 451 - Senior Thesis
Prerequisites: Prior departmental approval of a research proposal, 3.3 GPA, and CHEM 450

This course serves as a capstone experience for outstanding students majoring in chemistry. Working closely with a faculty mentor, students engage in original research on a topic of their choice. The research may involve laboratory experiments, field work, or computer simulations. This course provides experience in designing and conducting experiments, critically analyzing data, reviewing published scientific literature, and communicating scientific information. The culmination of the course is a formal written thesis and a public oral presentation. (3 credits) Fall, Spring

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Physics Courses

PHYS 109 - Physics I (Algebra based) and Lab
PHYS 109 and 110 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in laboratory science
Note: PHYS 109 lab is co-listed with PHYS 201 lab
Prerequisite: MATH 135

An introduction to physics without calculus. Vectors, equilibrium of particles, rectilinear motion, Newton’s second law, motion in a plane, work and energy, impulse and momentum, torque, rotational motion, elasticity, periodic motion. (4 credits) Fall

PHYS 110 - Physics II (Algebra based) and Lab
PHYS 109 and 110 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in laboratory science
Note: PHYS 110 lab is co-listed with PHYS 202 lab
Prerequisite: PHYS 109

Fluids, heat and thermodynamics, simple harmonic motion, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics. (4 credits) Spring

PHYS 201 - Physics I with Calculus and Lab
PHYS 201 and 202 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in laboratory science
Pre- or Co-requisite: MATH 213

Introduction to physics using calculus. Covers vectors, Newton’s laws of motion, work and energy, impulse and momentum, torque, rotational motion, elasticity, periodic motion, and gravitation. (4 credits) Fall, Spring

PHYS 202 - Physics II with Calculus and Lab
PHYS 201 and 202 may be used to fulfill the Core Curriculum requirement in laboratory science
Prerequisite: PHYS 201; Pre- or Co-requisite: MATH 214

Covers fluids, heat and thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, electricity and magnetism, optics, the atomic nucleus and radioactivity. (4 credits) Fall, Spring

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