May 27, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, American Chemical Society Certified, B.S.


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The ACS certified BS in Chemistry is recommended for those intending to pursue graduate work in chemistry or those who wish to pursue interdisciplinary study and obtain a degree certified by a professional organization (e.g., environmental chemistry, biochemistry or chemical physics).  

Program Learning Outcomes


1)  Students will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in chemistry and its subdisciplines, including physical, organic, inorganic, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry.
2)  Students will demonstrate the ability to design, carry out, and interpret the results of an experiment in two subdisciplines of chemistry, including the determination and reporting of experimental uncertainties.
3)  Students will demonstrate the ability to design and carry out a synthetic scheme including the full structural characterization of the products.
4)  Students will demonstrate the ability to clearly communicate (both orally and written) the results of an experiment including the use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry.
5)  Students will demonstrate that they know and can follow the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling, use, and disposal of chemicals.

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)


Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required to Complete Major: 55-68


Footnotes


*CHEM 304  cannot be taken if CHEM 300  is taken

**Directed Study which involves a minimum of 4 laboratory contact hours per week and a comprehensive written report, may replace one of the following laboratory courses with permission. CHEM 301 - Biochemistry Laboratory , CHEM 313 - Laboratory Techniques in Organic Chemistry I , CHEM 342 - Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  or CHEM 361 - Modern Physical Chemistry Laboratory .

Related Requirements: (16 Credits)


Mathematics (8 Credit Hours)


Outline/Advising Guide


First Year


Spring (16 Credit Hours)


Second Year


Fall (16 Credit Hours)


Spring (16 Credit Hours)


Third Year


Fall (14 Credit Hours)


Spring (14 Credit Hours)


Fourth Year


Fall (12 Credit Hours)


Spring (15 Credit Hours)


Total Credit Hours: 120


*Choose two advanced courses from the following list of electives: CHEM 304 CHEM 305 , CHEM 315 , CHEM 318 , CHEM 329 , CHEM 334 , CHEM 338 CHEM 339 CHEM 341 , BIOL 393 CHEM 401   or BIOL 300 ; and PHYS 344  and PHYS 352  to meet the degree requirements. CHEM 399 - Directed Study  which involves a minimum of 4 laboratory contact hours per week and a comprehensive written report, may replace one of the following laboratory courses with prior permission. CHEM 301 - Biochemistry Laboratory , CHEM 313 - Laboratory Techniques in Organic Chemistry I , CHEM 342 - Modern Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  or CHEM 361 - Modern Physical Chemistry Laboratory . Students must complete a waiver form and complete a comprehensive lab report in the format for an ACS research report https://www.acs.org/content/dam/acsorg/about/governance/committees/training/acsapproved/degreeprogram/preparing-a-research-report.pdf. Students interested in chemical physics are advised to take PHYS 344  and PHYS 352 . Students interested in environmental chemistry should consider CHEM 341  and CHEM 304  or CHEM 315 . Chemistry and other electives should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor.

Note: Where no prerequisites apply, some variation in the order or semester in which courses are taken is possible. Students should consult their academic advisors for additional information.

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