Bachelor of Science in Chemistry American Chemical Society Approved

Students interested in a career in the chemical industry or graduate study in chemistry should enroll in the Bachelor of Science program. Changes in the program to meet the specific needs of each student may be arranged in consultation with the student's adviser. Students planning a career in medicine or graduate study in biochemistry should include Biochemistry I and II in their program, or follow the Biological Chemistry (Biochemistry) emphasis. The department of Chemistry also offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a  Biological Chemistry (Biochemistry) emphasis and an Environmental Emphasis.

Chemistry | Environmental Emphasis | Biological Chemistry Emphasis
Forensic Science Emphasis | Minor

Chemistry

University Degree Requirements (55 Credit Hours)
Specified General Education Courses (37 Credit Hours)
Elective Specified General Education Courses (18 Credit Hour)
Department/Major Requirements (53-55 Credit Hours)


Core Courses:     

  • CHEM 101 Orientation to Chemistry  (1 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I/Lab  (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II/Lab  (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 340/340L Organic Chemistry I/Lab  (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 342/342L Organic Chemistry II/Lab  (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 350/350L Chemical Analysis/Lab     (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 632/632L Physical Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634 Physical Chemistry II     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634L Advanced Physical and Inorganic Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656 Instrumental Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656L Advanced Instrumental and Physical Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 662/662L Biochemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 666 Inorganic Chemistry     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 675 Seminar in Chemistry (1 Credit Hours)
  • Advanced Chemistry Elective chosen from: CHEM 352/352L Environmental Chemistry/Lab, CHEM 382 Introduction to Forensic Science, CHEM 644/644L Organic Analysis/Lab, CHEM 646 Theories of Organic Chemistry, or CHEM 664/664L Biochemistry II/Lab  (3-5 Credit Hours)

Cognates (13 Credit Hours)

  • MATH 235 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II  (5 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 236 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 212/212L Physics for Scientists and Engineers I/Lab  (5 Credit Hours)

Unspecified Electives: (1-3 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours Required for B.S. degree  (124 Credit Hours)

 

Environmental Emphasis

University Degree Requirements (55 Credit Hours)
Specified General Education Courses:     

  • Foundation Studies (must include MATH 110 or higher)     (18 Credit Hours)

Elective Specified General Education Courses     
Liberal Arts:     

  • International Studies Component (elect 2 or 3 courses) (6 Credit Hours)

Distribution Areas:     
Humanities (three electives) (9 Credit Hours)
Mathematics and Natural Sciences:   
 

  • MATH 234 Analytic Geometry (5 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 250 Elements of Statistics (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 211/211L Physics for Scientists (5 Credit Hours)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (three electives)     (9 Credit Hours)
Upper-division Integrative Course (one elective) (3 Credit Hours)
      
Department/Major Requirements (50-55 Credit Hours)
Core Courses:     

  • CHEM 101 Orientation to Chemistry  (1 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 340/340L Organic Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 342/342L Organic Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 350/350L Chemical Analysis/Lab     (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 632/632L Physical Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634 Physical Chemistry II     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634L Advanced Physical and Inorganic Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656 Instrumental Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656L Advanced Instrumental and Physical Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 662/662L Biochemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • Chemistry Degree Option Electives (0-5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 666 Inorganic Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 675 Seminar in Chemistry (1 Credit Hours)

Emphasis Requirements:     

  • CHEM 352-352L Environmental Chemistry (5 Credit Hours)

Cognates:     

  • MATH 235 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 236 Analytic Geometry and Calculus III (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 212/212L Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (5 Credit Hours)

Free Electives (select courses that total a minimum of 6 credit hours)     

  • AGRI 215/215L Soils  (4 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 490/490L General Microbiology (5 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 657/657L Limonology (3 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 395/395L Ecology (3 Credit Hours)
  • ECFI 378 Environmental and Energy Economics (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 240 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 290 Cartography: Theory and Applications     (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 340 Environmental Geology (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 360 Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • GSCI 635 Hydrology and Water Resources (3 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 208 Elementary Meteorology (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 310 Introduction to Public Administration     (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 320 Introduction to Law (3 Credit Hours)

Environmental Emphasis:     

  • University Degree Requirements (55 Credit Hours)
  • Department/Major Requirements (69-74 Credit Hours)

Total (124-129 Credit Hours)

 

Biological Chemistry Emphasis

University Degree Requirements (52 Credit Hours)
Specified General Education Courses:     

  • Foundation Studies (15 Credit Hours)

Elective Specified General Education Courses:     
Liberal Arts:     

  • International Studies Component (elect 2 or 3 courses)     (6 Credit Hours)

Distribution Areas:     
Humanities (three electives) (9 Credit Hours)
Mathematics and Natural Sciences:
    

  • MATH 234 Analytic Geometry (5 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 211/211L Physics for Scientists (5 Credit Hours)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (three electives) (9 Credit Hours)
Upper-division Integrative Course (one elective) (3 Credit Hours)
      
Department/Major Requirements (50 Credit Hours)
Core Courses:     

  • CHEM 101 Orientation to Chemistry (1 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 340/340L Organic Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 342/342L Organic Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 350/350L Chemical Analysis/Lab     (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 632/632L Physical Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634 Physical Chemistry II     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634L Advanced Physical and Inorganic Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656 Instrumental Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656L Advanced Instrumental and Physical Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 662/662L Biochemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 666 Inorganic Chemistry     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 675 Seminar in Chemistry (1 Credit Hours)

Cognates:     

  • PHYS 212/212L Physics II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 235 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 180/180L Principles of Biology/Lab (4 Credit Hours)

Biological Chemistry Cognates:     

  • CHEM 664/664L Biochemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)

Two courses selected from: (8 Credit Hours)

  • BIOL 435/435L Cellular Biology/Lab     
  • BIOL 490/490L General Microbiology/Lab     
  • BIOL 325/325L Genetics/Lab     
  • BIOL 648/648L Immunology/Lab     

Biological Chemistry Emphasis     

  • University Degree Requirements  (52 Credit Hours)
  • Department/Major Requirements  (77 Credit Hours)

Total  (129 Credit Hours)

 

Forensic Science Emphasis

University Degree Requirements (52 Credit Hours)
Specified General Education Courses:     
Foundation Studies (15 Credit Hours)
Elective Specified General Education Courses:     
Liberal Arts:     

  • International Studies Component (elect 2 or 3 courses) (6 Credit Hours)

Distribution Areas:     
Humanities (three electives) (9 Credit Hours)
Mathematics and Natural Sciences:  
   

  • MATH 234 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (5 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 211/211L Physics for Scientists & Engineers I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (three electives) (9 Credit Hours)
Upper-division Integrative Course (one elective) (3 Credit Hours)
      
Department/Major Requirements (50 Credit Hours)
Core Courses:     

  • CHEM 101 Orientation to Chemistry (1 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 340/340L Organic Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 342/342L Organic Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 350/350L Chemical Analysis/Lab     (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 632/632L Physical Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634 Physical Chemistry II     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 634L Advanced Physical and Inorganic Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656 Instrumental Analysis (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 656L Advanced Instrumental and Physical Lab (2 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 662/662L Biochemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 666 Inorganic Chemistry     (3 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 675 Seminar in Chemistry (1 Credit Hours)

Cognates:     

  • BIOL 435/435L Cellular Biology/Lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 490/490L General Microbiology/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • BIOL 325/325L Genetics/Lab (4 Credit Hours)
  • MATH 235 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II (5 Credit Hours)
  • PHYS 212/212L Physics for Scientists and Engineers II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 250 Administration of Justice Systems (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 331 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 Credit Hours)

Forensic Chemistry Cognates:     

  • CHEM 380 Introduction to Forensic Science (3 Credit Hours)

Forensic Science Emphasis:     

  • University Degree Requirements (55 Credit Hours)
  • Department/Major Requirements (74 Credit Hours)

Total (129 Credit Hours)

 

Minor (Chemistry)

A minor in chemistry will strengthen many degree programs.  This is especially true for students majoring in biology, geosciences, education, mathematics, or physics.  The minor allows a wide selection of courses.  Students should select the courses that complement their major.

  • CHEM 120/120L University Chemistry I/Lab (5 Credit Hours)
  • CHEM 122/122L University Chemistry II/Lab (5 Credit Hours)

Electives selected from:   (10 Credit Hours)

  • CHEM 280 Laboratory Teaching Techniques;      
  • CHEM 284 Selected Studies in Chemistry;      
  • CHEM 304/304L Essentials of Organic Chemistry/Lab;      
  • CHEM 350/350L Chemical Analysis/Lab;      
  • CHEM 352/352L Environmental Chemistry/Lab;      
  • CHEM 360/360L Essentials of Biochemistry/Lab;      
  • CHEM 430/430L Survey of Physical Chemistry/Lab; and      
  • CHEM 476 Apprenticeship in Chemistry  

Total (20 Credit Hours)

Premedical students may obtain a minor in chemistry by completing CHEM 340 and CHEM 342 in addition to CHEM 120 and CHEM 122.

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