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Chemistry Major

 

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The chemistry major can prepare students for graduate study in chemistry, for teaching chemistry at the high school level, or for a career as a professional chemist in government or industrial labs. In addition, this major can prepare students for work in such fields as environmental control and science marketing and sales. A major in chemistry consists of a minimum of 10 courses in chemistry and a Capstone Course. Each student, in conjunction with her/his advisor and subject to the approval of the department, selects specific courses to be required for that student's intended application of the major; the selection to be made as early as possible in the undergraduate years. In selecting their courses, all majors are required to complete one of the seminar classes (Chemistry 369, Chemistry Seminar; or Chemistry 370, Biochemistry Seminar) or an independent research project (Chemistry 398, Research). In addition to the courses in chemistry, supporting courses in mathematics and physics are required. Chemistry majors are also encouraged to take courses in computer science, math, and biology where appropriate. Shown below are the courses students would normally be expected to take in preparation for graduate study in chemistry. Also shown is a list of the core courses on which a student may build a major to suit his/her individual interests. Students should be aware that the more rigorous graduate preparation track is the most versatile in terms of future career options. In either case, a wide variety of combinations of courses is possible through the use of electives. Students will complete ten courses plus a capstone as follows: Required:

  • Chem 101 General Chemistry I
  • Chem 102 General Chemistry II
  • Chem 201 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 202 Organic Chemistry II
  • Chem 205 Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 301 Physical Chemistry
  • Chem 330 Biochemistry
  • Mat 151 Calculus
  • Phys 191 General Physics I
  • Phys 192 General Physics II

Capstone:

  • Chem 385 Capstone Writing and Presentation (.5 course)

AND

  • Chem 369 Chemistry Seminar (.5 course)
  • OR Biol/Chem 370 Biochemistry Seminar
  • OR Chem 319 Research /Internship

Capstone Experience – The department allows students to fulfill the requirement of a capstone experience in a variety of ways. Students can combine a summer research experience (like an REU), an internship, a seminar (Chem 369 or 370) or on campus research experience (Chem 398) with Chem 385 – Capstone Writing and Presentation to complete the capstone requirement. Students using a seminar as part of the capstone experience will need to complete a literature review of a topic explored in the seminar as a basis for their paper and presentation in Chem 385. Students interested in graduate work should plan on taking the following additional courses:

  • Chem 302 Physical Chemistry II
  • Chem 303 Physical Chemistry lab (.5 course)
  • Chem 307 Instrumental Analysis
  • Chem 369 Chemistry Seminar (.5 course)
  • Chem 398 Independent Research
  • Chem 350 Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • Chem 290 Introduction to Nanoscience
  • Chem 390/390 courses (as offered)

Stephen HenrichChemistry Minor

A chemistry minor will consist of five chemistry courses in the department which must include at least one course in General Chemistry (101, 102), one course in Organic Chemistry (201,202), and one course in Analytical Chemistry (205, 307). The two elective courses must be approved by the department. In addition, competency in algebra (Math 130) is expected. Since most students will need to take both courses in general chemistry, the typical minor will be as follows: Students will complete five courses as follows: Required: Choose one of the following

  • Chem 101 General Chemistry I
  • Chem 102 General Chemistry II

Choose one of the following:

  • Chem 201 Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 202 Organic Chemistry II

Choose one of the following:

  • Chem 205 Quantitative Analysis
  • Chem 307 Instrumental Analysis

Choose two Chemistry Electives

  • Must be approved by the department.