Dec 11, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Chemistry, B.A.


About the Chemistry Bachelor’s Program


The B.A. in Chemistry degree requires 120 credit hours for graduation and has a curriculum primarily designed for those interested in using an undergraduate major in chemistry as the background for a career in which extensive training in chemistry is either valuable or essential (e.g., medicine, dentistry, forensics, environmental protection, clinical and pharmacological chemistry, technical sales, and chemical patent law). Though a B.S. is generally preferred by employers, a B.A. may also provide a sufficient background in chemistry for employment as a chemist in a small laboratory or for entry into a graduate program leading to the M.S. or Ph.D. degree in chemistry.

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: 14


Spring


Total: 14


Third Year


Fall


Total: 13


Spring


Total: 15


Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 14


Spring


  • CHEM 4101 - Chemistry and Communication 1 Semester Credit Hours ††
  • Advanced Elective (See Below) 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Language, Philosophy, & Culture Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours* 
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3 Semester Credit Hours* 
  • Minor 3 Semester Credit Hours #
  • Personal Fitness and Wellness 1 Semester Credit Hour*
  • Elective 2 Semester Credit Hours ‡ ‡

Total: 16


Total Hours: 120


* Select from Arts and Sciences General Requirements  for B.A. degree.
At least one should also be multicultural. If not, students must complete an additional course from the university’s Multicultural list
‡ Can substitute PHYS 1403  and PHYS 1404  for PHYS 1408  and PHYS 2401 
§ Can substituteCHEM 3351  for CHEM 3341 , and CHEM 3251  for CHEM 3141   
# Minor can be in English or a foreign language without requiring additional courses that will cause the degree hours to be more than 120
** Can substitute CHEM 4311  or CHEM 3308  for CHEM 3307 ; if taking CHEM 3308 , substitute CHEM 3108  for CHEM 3107  as CHEM 3107  must be taken with CHEM 4311 
†† Communication Literacy Course
‡ ‡ May be outside of major

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 6 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.

Advanced Elective


Six advanced elective hours: one course from CHEM 3201 , CHEM 4300 , CHEM 4309 , CHEM 4314 ; and the remaining hours from CHEM 3000  (1-3), CHEM 3308 , CHEM 4105 , CHEM 4114 , CHEM 4302 , CHEM 4306 , or CHEM 4310 .