The Bachelor of Science in chemistry is designed for students who are interested in careers which require an extensive background in chemistry. Chemistry is referred to as the “central science” because of the pivotal role it plays in all of the biological and physical sciences, as well as engineering, agriculture, medicine, and allied health disciplines. The chemistry curriculum prepares students for entrance into graduate and professional school programs, and provides the necessary skills to be competitive in industry, biotechnology, and governmental positions. A concentration in Biochemistry is also available.
PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (PSLO)
Following the completion of a major in Chemistry, students will:
- demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the chemical sciences and describe the major concepts and theories therein.
- demonstrate the ability to critically analyze chemical processes and operate modern instrumentation to perform chemical analysis with strict adherence to sound laboratory techniques.
- exhibit effective oral and written communication of chemical concepts using electronic media, posters and oral presentations.
- demonstrate an understanding of the importance of scientific ethics in society and awareness of moral and ethical boundaries in their efforts to learn, conduct experiments, and discuss scientific knowledge.
Admission to the Program
Admission is through a formal declaration of major and completion of CH 141/142 and CH 241/242 with a grade of “C” or better.
Requirements for Major in Chemistry
In accordance with the CSEM requirements, Chemistry majors and minors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all CSEM courses. Pre-professional students who major in chemistry may substitute four hours of biology electives for their chemistry elective and should select appropriate electives to satisfy the requirements for entrance into their prospective programs (recommended courses include BI 244, 340, 447, and 450 or see Department Chair for permission). In addition, chemistry majors may substitute MAT 331, 335, or 337 for MAT 334.
Requirements for Minor in Chemistry
To earn a minor in Chemistry, students must complete a minimum of 8 hours of upper-level Chemistry courses beyond CH 141, CH 142, CH 241 and CH 242. A minimum of a 2.0 grade point average must be achieved in these courses. Please see the Department Chair for more information.
Refer to the vertical curriculum for additional course requirements.