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Bachelor of Science
Chemistry - ACS Certified

College of Letters and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Program Description

This degree track is designed for students interested in graduate studies in chemistry or related fields. The track is certified by the American Chemical Society through its Committee on Professional Training. The track provides breadth and depth of experience to give graduates a wide choice of career options, and is especially suited for students desiring to study chemistry in a graduate school. The track also prepares students for entry level positions in industry and government laboratories. In addition to the general degree requirements, the ACS certified track requires satisfactory completion of courses in chemistry, mathematics, and physics. It also enables students to gain substantial research experience through independent study and senior seminar courses under the guidance and mentorship of faculty members. The track provides a sound foundation in the field of chemistry and permits flexibility for evolving and changing student interests. A broad range of upper-level elective courses are offered to expose students to modern techniques within the chemical sciences and to help students expand their college experience.

Career Opportunities

Students majoring in chemistry may pursue careers as teachers, entry level chemist, and medicine.

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the diverse areas of chemistry, both theoretical and practical
  • communicate the rapidly changing field of chemical knowledge effectively
  • estimate and interpret chemical information in the context of the day-to-day events
  • demonstrate skills in quantitative and qualitative problem-solving related to the chemical sciences
  • demonstrate knowledge of chemical instrumentation and its theoretical basis, including the operation of microprocessor controlled instruments
  • integrate the usage of information technology in chemistry
  • think independently and apply chemical knowledge to real-world problems
  • demonstrate knowledge of safety methodologies used in the chemical laboratory
  • enter into employment in the chemical industry or into graduate or professional schools

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations.

Program Of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101 (with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
MATH 1113

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4
COMM 1110
Select one of the following courses:

OR
Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the two extra hours may be used as electives.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 11
Take the following courses:
CHEM 1211 Principles of Chemistry 1
CHEM 1211L Principles of Chemistry 1 Lab
CHEM 1212 Principles of Chemistry 2
CHEM 1212L Principles of Chemistry 2 Lab

Take the following course:
MATH 1131

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12
Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18

Area G Program Requirements Required Hours: 40

Area H Program Electives Required Hours: 20
MATH 1131 (one hour from Area D)
MATH 1132 (one hour from Area F)
Select 18 semester hours from the following (at least 12 hours must be chemistry courses):

Additional courses in astronomy, biology, computer science, geology, mathematics, or engineering may be selected as approved by advisor and department chair.

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule