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Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in chemistry are expected to:
- Exhibit a sound grasp of the basic ideas and the scope of modern chemistry, including newly evolving fields;
- Develop strong problem solving skills, including the use of models, logical, mathematical, and computational techniques to effectively plan projects and critically analyze experimental results;
- Personally carry out laboratory procedures and develop modern laboratory skills, including proficiency in basic techniques and experience with a wide range of laboratory instruments;
- Demonstrate critical professional and personal skills, including independent thinking, communication skills, the ability to work effectively within groups, and a commitment toward continuous learning.
Major, Bachelor of Scienceminor required
A student majoring in chemistry may follow several programs of study, depending on career aspirations.
I. B.S. Chemistry Major (44 hours): This program meets the needs of students who plan professional careers in chemistry.
II. Biochemistry Specialization (35 to 40 hours): This program is designed for students interested in the chemistry/biology interface. Two tracks are available. Track 1 places more emphasis on 4000-level chemistry courses and is the recommended option for students preparing for graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry. Track 2 requires more biology and fewer chemistry courses. Students in pre-health professional programs may find this track especially attractive.
III. Forensic Chemistry Specialization (42 hours): This program is designed for students interested in the application of analytical chemistry to forensic evidence. It provides a strong background in chemistry with additional exposure to aspects of forensic science. Students completing this specialization would be well prepared for a graduate Forensic Science program or employment in a crime laboratory.
IV. ACS Certification: With the correct selection of electives and the addition of several upper-level chemistry courses, these Chemistry degrees and Specializations will satisfy all requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society. This option is recommended for students planning to attend graduate school or for those who want a comprehensive background in chemistry. Details of ACS certification are outlined on the check sheets.
- CHEM 1250, 1270, 1280 (10) or 1350, 1370, 1380 (10)
- CHEM 3410, 3440 and 3450 or 3460 (9-10) or 3060 (4)
- Additional CHEM electives to a minimum of 20 hours; CHEM 2010 and 3080 are recommended for students who take 3060. CHEM 3130, 4130, and 4830 may not be counted toward the minor
Programs in chemistry also are offered by the College of Education and Human Development.
Students who take two courses in any one of the following groups will not receive graduation credit for both:
CHEM 1250, 1350
CHEM 1270, 1370
CHEM 3060, 3410
CHEM 3080, 4450
CHEM 3090, 4460
CHEM 3520, 4050