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Degree Requirements

From the 2012-2014 catalog

Christopher A. Hansen, Interim Chair (Bolin Hall 307B)

Professors: Cate, Rogers

Associate Professors: Hallford, Hansen, Shao

Assistant Professor: Fulton

Professor Emeritus: Sund

 

Misson Statement for the Chemistry Program

The mission of the Chemistry Program is to prepare students for graduate study or employment in a vast array of chemically-related fields. The courses are designed to provide a strong knowledge and skills-based foundation for pursuing advanced degrees in the chemical sciences or such health related fields as human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.

Programs of study leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry are as follows:

  1. Professional option.

    This program provides the academic foundation for students who may wish to continue their studies in graduate chemistry, chemical engineering, or biochemistry. Students completing this program with 3 additional advanced chemistry hours and a chemistry GPA of 2.5 or better will be certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

  2. Interdisciplinary option.

    This program provides the academic foundation for students who may wish to continue their studies in professional schools of medicine, dentistry, or veterinary medicine or those who desire an emphasis in business, computer science, or other areas.

  3. Biochemical option.

    This program provides the academic foundation for students to continue their studies in the field of biochemistry at the level of graduate biochemistry or graduate biology. Students will also be able to matriculate into the Research and Development areas of industry and areas of forensic science.

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry are as follows:

General: (see page 89)
Academic Foundations and Core Curriculum: (see page 91)
Bachelor of Science: (see page 93)

 

Major

Option A, ACS Certification

CHEM 1141, 1143, 1241, 1243, 1253, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2013, 3305, 3405, 3603, 3705, 4243, 4305, two hours of 4001. Three additional advanced hours in chemistry, exclusive of 3504 and 4505. One additional advanced laboratory hour in chemistry is required, exclusive of 3504 and 4505. (Those students who wish to continue their studies in graduate biochemistry should take CHEM 4242 and 4253.)

American Chemical Society Certification--With Honors

This designation will be awarded to students fulfilling the following:

  1. All regular requirements for the Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry (Option A) and all the requirements for certification by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.
  2. Minimum GPA: 3.0 overall; 3.3 in chemistry courses.
  3. A minimum of 4 semester hours must be earned in independent research (CHEM 4911, 4922, 4933); this should be commenced in the junior year or earlier.
  4. Acceptance of a B.S. research paper (covering the undergraduate independent research project) by the chemistry faculty and the chair of the Honors Committee.
  5. Presentation of a public lecture on the research paper to the chemistry faculty.

 

Option B

CHEM 1141, 1143, 1241, 1243, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2013, 3305, 3603, two hours of 4001, and either CHEM 3405 or 4242 and 4243 or 3705 or 3504 and 4505.

 

Option C

CHEM 1141, 1143, 1241, 1243, 2003, 2001, 2013, 2011, 4243, 4242, 4253, two hours of 4001, 2 classes from the following (CHEM 3305, 3405, 3603, 3705, 4133, 4305).

 

Optional Minor

Option A

Professional Chemistry or Pre-chemical Engineering:

Mathematics (See page 346 and the Chemistry Program Advisor for specific course requirements.) OR             

Physics (see page 334 and the Chemistry Program Advisor for specific course requirements); OR

Other (see the Chemistry Program Advisor for specific course requirements); OR

 

Option B

Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental or Pre-Veterinary - Biology (See page 319 and the Health Professions Advisor for specific course requirements.); OR

Business Emphasis - Business Administration (See page 108.); OR

Computer Science Emphasis - Computer Science (See page 337.)

Others (See your academic advisor.)

 

Option C

Biology – (See page 319 and the Health Professions Advisor for specific course requirements.); OR

Others – (See your academic advisor.)

 

Additional Requirements:

Requirements common to all optional degree plans:

Math 1634, 1734, STAT 3573, PHYS 1624, 2644, one year of a foreign language

 

Option A

MATH 2603, MATH 2534

 

Option B

MATH 2603, See Advisor for additional requirements

 

Option C

BIOL 1144, 1544, 3054, 3064, and 2 adv. biology classes (Suggested courses: BIOL 3044, *3334, 3344, 4233 and 4231, 4023 and 4021, 4714).

*Biology 3334 is need if a biology minor is wanted

 

Electives

Additional hours as needed to total a minimum of 120 hrs with a minimum of 33 advanced.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN CHEMISTRY (22 semester hours)

CHEM 1141, 1143, 1241, 1243, and 14 additional hours of which 6 must be advanced, exclusive of introductory environmental chemistry.

Special Problems in CHEM 4911, 4922, 4933 may not be counted toward the minor in chemistry.