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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS


The chemistry faculty seeks to provide a high quality educational experience for students majoring in chemistry in preparation for industrial or government positions, for graduate study, and for entry to medical or dental schools. The program is also designed for those planning to teach chemistry or physics at the 7-12 level, or who need chemical knowledge and skills relevant to future studies in the sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of chemical concepts
  • Analyze and interpret a variety of chemical data
  • Communicate chemical information effectively at the undergraduate level, in oral and written form, with appropriate use of technology

The student who wishes to obtain a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry may do so by following one of the four curriculum plans referred to as Concentrations. The options include general, environmental, biochemistry, and physical science education concentrations. Students who are pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, or pre-veterinary medicine may follow the biochemistry concentration. In addition, the biochemistry concentration offers an option which would allow students to pursue certification in clinical chemistry while obtaining their Bachelors in Chemistry.

A prospective 7-12 physical science (chemistry or physics) teacher could obtain a BS in Chemistry while following the physical science education concentration. Details on the requirements for the physical science education concentration and for obtaining a teaching certificate are in the College of Science and Engineering: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of this catalog.

The BS in Chemistry requires at least 120 semester hours with a university required minimum number of 45 upper-division hours. Students may have to take additional hours to meet university general education requirements such as First-Year Seminar courses. The major consists of at least 52 semester hours (24 upper-division), some of which may be designated courses outside of chemistry. Every candidate for the BS in Chemistry following the general, environmental, or biochemistry concentration must complete the

  during their senior year, prior to graduation. The details of the general, environmental, and biochemistry concentrations follow.


General Requirements

  Sem. Hrs.
  1. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
  2. Core Curriculum Program
  3. Special Foundations
  4. Chemistry Major
  5. Electives
  Total 120 (122)

I. First Year Seminars

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

II. Core Curriculum Program


Students majoring in chemistry should take Calculus I to fulfill the mathematics requirement of the University Core Curriculum. In addition, the university computer literacy requirements are met by all chemistry majors through the integration of computer applications and usage in most chemistry laboratory courses and as well as many of the lecture courses. Examples of how students enrolled in chemistry courses use computers are: as a scientific tool to gather physical data in labs using various sensors, and exporting that data to a spreadsheet; performing spreadsheet calculations using these data, which include algebraic, trigonometric, and statistical functions; graphing data using the spreadsheet; embedding graphs in lab reports and other written assignments written with Word; and use the internet for communication related to the course by subscribing to the class list, including using attachments, accessing web related content, and taking online quizzes. See catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs.

Some of the Core Curriculum courses may also be included in the Special Foundations requirements.



Total: 42

III. Special Foundations

A. General Concentration

Total: 16-28†

B. Environmental Concentration

Total: 16-28*

C-1. Biochemistry Concentration

Total: 16-28*

C-2. Biochemistry Concentration / Pre-Clinical Chemistry Certification

Total: 16-28*


* Twelve of these hours may also be used to fulfill the University Core Curriculum science and mathematics requirements. In that case, the lesser total shown does not include the 12 hours applied to the core.

† Three of these 4-hour science and mathematics courses are required for all Chemistry students: BIOL 1406, BIOL 1407, and either MATH 1442 or MATH 2413). Only the 3 lecture hours of each will apply to the University Core Curriculum. Each one-hour laboratory component will be counted in the Chemistry Major.

IV. Chemistry Major

Total: 52

Total: 52

Total: 52

Total: 44

Total: 21

D. Physical Science Education Concentration

Information on the physical science education concentration and requirements for teaching certification can be found in the College of Science and Engineering: Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of the catalog.

V. Electives

Courses may be selected from any area to accumulate a total of 120 semester hours with the required number of upper-division hours. In some cases these hours may be used to obtain a minor in another subject.