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The Chemistry Major

Students may pursue the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts through the Department of Chemistry.
 
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), emphasizes laboratory skills 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.

Degree Requirements

Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. 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 136 Precalculus or above  
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  

and 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 Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab  
CHEM 392 Quantum Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 421 Advanced Chemistry Lab I  
CHEM 450 Research in the Chemical Sciences  
MATH 213, 214 Calculus I and II and Labs  
PHYS 201, 202 Physics I and II and Labs  

One or more courses selected from the following:

CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 432 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 433 Advanced Physical Chemistry  

The Major in Chemistry 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.

Degree Requirements

Chemistry majors who elect the environmental concentration must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. 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 136 Precalculus or above  
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab  
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab  
or      
NATSC 204 Principles of Oceanography  
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 201, 202 Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs  

Select 16 credit hours from Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level

and/or

NATSC 401 Environmental Toxicology and Lab  

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration (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 I and Lab  
CHEM 391 Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab  
CHEM 392 Quantum Chemistry and Lab  
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 and Labs  
PHYS 201, 202 Principles of Physics I and II and Labs