Sep 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.S.


About the Chemistry Bachelor’s Program


The B.S. in Chemistry degree prepares a student for graduate school or a career as a professional chemist. This degree program is technically oriented, requiring greater depth of mathematics, physics, and chemistry than does the Bachelor of Arts degree. This degree requires 120 credit hours and has a heavier chemistry requirement than the B.A. degree program. As a result, students have fewer elective courses to pursue other interests. Completion of the B.S. curriculum leads to automatic American Chemical Society certification of a student as the recipient of a professional degree.

Communication Literacy Requirement. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors must complete three Communication Literacy courses (one of which must be CHEM 4101 ). Courses that fulfill the CL requirement are CHEM 3107 , CHEM 3108 , CHEM 3141 , CHEM 3251 , CHEM 3313 , CHEM 4114 , and CHEM 4101 . See individual degree plans for specific courses required for each major.

Recommended Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 17


Spring


Total: 17


Second Year


Fall


Total: 15


Spring


Total: 15


Third Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


Total: 14


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 12


Spring


Total: 16


Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Requirements  for B.S. degree.
At least one should also be multicultural. If not, students must complete an additional course from the university’s Multicultural list.
Communication Literacy Course
§  Chosen from ENGL 2305 , ENGL 2306 , ENGL 2307 , ENGL 2308 , ENGL 2351 , ENGL 2388 , ENGL 2391  
# Selecting a minor other than math may require additional hours.
** May be outside of major.

Major-Related Electives


Nine hours from CHEM 3000  (1-3), CHEM 4300 , CHEM 4302 , CHEM 4306 , CHEM 4310  or ENGL 2311 .

Calculus


Adequate training in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry is a prerequisite for calculus. A score of 7 on the Math Placement Exam is necessary to take calculus the first year. Scores below 7 will require additional coursework.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 3 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.