Chemistry, BS

Program Description

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 CHEM 4085 Major Field Test in Chemistry (0 sch) during their senior year, prior to graduation. The details of the general, environmental, and biochemistry concentrations follow.

General Requirements

Requirements Credit Hours
First-Year Seminars (when applicable)1 0-2
Core Curriculum Program 42
Special Foundations 21
Chemistry Major (depends on area of concentration) 45-46
Electives (depends on area of concentration) 12
Total Credit Hours 120-123

Program Requirements

Full-time, First-year Students
First year seminars0-2
First-Year Seminar I *
First-Year Seminar II *
Core Curriculum Program
University Core Curriculum42
Students majoring in chemistry should take: 1
General Chemistry I (Life and Physical Sciences component) *
General Chemistry II (Life and Physical Sciences component)
Calculus I (Mathematics requirement)
Calculus II (Component Area Option)
Special Foundations
Select one of the following Concentrations:21
Chemistry Major
Select one of the following Concentrations:45-46
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 subject12
Total Hours120-123

Concentrations

Chemistry General Concentration

Special Foundations
PHYS 2425University Physics I4
PHYS 2426University Physics II4
Biology, Geology, or Environmental Science8
MATH 2413Calculus I 14
MATH 2414Calculus II 24
MATH 2415Calculus III4
Chemistry Major
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I (included in Core) *,14
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II (included in Core) 14
CHEM 3411Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3412Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3417Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3418Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 4085Major Field Test in Chemistry0
CHEM 4423Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4424Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4292Senior Chemistry Seminar2
CHEM 4401Biochemistry I4
CHEM 4407Advanced Inorganic Chemistry4
Select 12 hours of the following:12
Drugs, Toxins and Natural Products Chemistry
Chemical Oceanography
Polymer Chemistry
Biochemistry II
CHEM 4309
Environmental Chemistry
Special Topics
Directed Independent Study
Total Hours82

Environmental Chemistry Concentration

Special Foundations
Physics, one year with laboratory8
Biology, Geology, or Environmental Science8
MATH 1442Statistics for Life *,^4
MATH 2413Calculus I 14
MATH 2414Calculus II 24
Chemistry Major
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I (included in Core) *,14
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II (included in Core) 14
CHEM 3411Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3412Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3417Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3418Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 4085Major Field Test in Chemistry0
CHEM 4292Senior Chemistry Seminar2
CHEM 4344Chemical Oceanography3
CHEM 4423Physical Chemistry I4
CHEM 4424Physical Chemistry II4
CHEM 4443Environmental Chemistry4
Select 12 hours of the following:12
Polymer Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4309
Special Topics
Directed Independent Study
Environmental Regulations
Oil Spill Prevention and Response Theory
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Theory
Total Hours81

Biochemistry/Preprofessional Concentration

Special Foundations
Physics, one year with laboratory8
BIOL 1406Biology I4
BIOL 1407Biology II4
MATH 1442Statistics for Life *,^4
MATH 2413Calculus I 14
MATH 2414Calculus II 24
Chemistry Major
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I (included in Core) *,14
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II (included in Core) 14
BIOL 2416Genetics4
BIOL 2421Microbiology4
CHEM 3411Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3412Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3417Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3418Instrumental Analysis4
CHEM 4085Major Field Test in Chemistry0
CHEM 4292Senior Chemistry Seminar2
CHEM 4401Biochemistry I4
CHEM 4402Biochemistry II4
CHEM 4423Physical Chemistry I4
Select at least 7 hours of the following:7
Calculus III
Drugs, Toxins and Natural Products Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Biochemistry
Physical Chemistry II
Environmental Chemistry
Any Upper division Chemistry course not on the elective list and not listed as a specific Chemistry required course can be taken as an elective.
Total Hours81

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.

Course Sequencing

Chemistry General

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallHours
UNIV 1101 First-Year Seminar I 1
CHEM 1411 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History to 1865 3
Lower Divisional Elective 4
 Hours15
Spring
UNIV 1102 First-Year Seminar II 1
CHEM 1412 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4
ENGL 1302 Writing and Rhetoric 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History Since 1865 3
 Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 3411 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYS 1401
General Physics I
or University Physics I
4
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4
Language, Philosophy & Culture Core Requirement 3
 Hours15
Spring
CHEM 3412 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 1402
General Physics II
or University Physics II
4
POLS 2305 U.S. Government and Politics 3
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4
 Hours15
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 4401 Biochemistry I 4
POLS 2306 State and Local Government 3
CHEM 4407 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM 3418 Instrumental Analysis 4
 Hours15
Spring
CHEM 4402 Biochemistry II 4
CHEM 3417 Quantitative Analysis 4
Upper Divisional Elective 4
Chemistry Elective 4
 Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM 4423 Physical Chemistry I 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences Core Requirement 3
Chemistry Elective 4
General Elective 4
 Hours15
Spring
CHEM 4424 Physical Chemistry II 4
General Elective 7
Creative Arts Core Requirement 3
CHEM 4292 Senior Chemistry Seminar 2
CHEM 4085 Major Field Test in Chemistry 0
 Hours16
 Total Hours122

Courses

CHEM 1305  Introductory Chemistry  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

A one-semester principles course for students in non-science related majors covering the major concepts of chemistry (atomic structure, bonding, stoichiometry, elementary thermodynamics) and the role of chemistry in contemporary society (polymers, energy, pollution, etc.). Will not substitute for CHEM 1411.

TCCNS: CHEM 1305  
CHEM 1411  General Chemistry I  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

The foundation course in chemistry. Stoichiometry, chemical equilibria, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic properties, thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, and descriptive chemistry of the elements. Laboratory involves development of basic skills. This course counts toward the natural science component of the University Core Curriculum. Either CHEM 1305 - Introductory Chemistry or CHEM 1411, but not both, may be applied towards the core requirement. This course is offered in Fall, Spring and typically during both Summer sessions .

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
TCCNS: CHEM 1411  
CHEM 1412  General Chemistry II  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

The continuation of CHEM 1411 - General Chemistry I*, the foundation course in chemistry  with emphasis on quantitative aspects. Laboratory involves development of basic skills.  This course counts toward the natural science component of the University Core Curriculum.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1411 and MATH 1314.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
TCCNS: CHEM 1412  
CHEM 2490  Special Topics  
4 Semester Credit Hours (1-4 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

May be repeated for credit. Subject materials variable. Offered on sufficient demand.

CHEM 3411  Organic Chemistry I  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

The structure, nomenclature, synthesis, reactions, and reaction mechanisms of the principal classes of organic compounds. Stereochemistry and spectroscopy of organic compounds. Laboratory involves separation and synthetic techniques and development of basic skills. This course is offered in Fall, Spring and typically during the Summer I session.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1411.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 3412  Organic Chemistry II  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A continuation of CHEM 3411 . The course concludes with a survey of the structures of biomolecules. Laboratory involves spectroscopy and qualitative analysis techniques. This course is offered in Fall, Spring and typically during the Summer II session.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3411.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 3417  Quantitative Analysis  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A course in quantitative analysis, which includes chemical statistics and the use of acid-base, complexation, precipitation, and redox reactions to perform analyses and separations. Laboratory includes standard volumetric and gravimetric methods and development of basic quantitative techniques. This course is typically offered in Spring.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1412.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 3418  Instrumental Analysis  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

An introduction to instrumental methods of analysis: spectroscopy, chromatography, and electrochemical methods. Laboratory involves use of instrumentation in chemical analysis. This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1412.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4085  Major Field Test in Chemistry  
0 Semester Credit Hours  

The Major Field Test (MFT) in Chemistry is a national examination given in the Fall and Spring semesters only. It is a graduation requirement for all Chemistry students. Students enroll in this course during the semester that they plan to take the MFT. There is no cost to the student for either this course or for the MFT.

CHEM 4292  Senior Chemistry Seminar  
2 Semester Credit Hours (2 Lecture Hours)  

Presentation and discussion of selected topics in chemistry. Includes literature searches and reviews, paper presentations, survey of professional opportunities and requirements, career guidance and job searching skills.

CHEM 4320  Drugs, Toxins and Natural Products Chemistry  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

The chemistry and biological activity of pharmaceuticals, toxins and selected natural products. Examines how chemical structure relates to biological activity. Also examines action of antibiotics, chemotherapy agents, analgesics, steroids, and compounds targeting the central and peripheral nervous system. This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring .

Prerequisite: CHEM 4401.

CHEM 4344  Chemical Oceanography  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

The study of the oceans and seas as a chemical system, including interactions with both the biota and the solid earth. This course is typically offered in Spring.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1412.

CHEM 4350  Polymer Chemistry  
3 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours)  

An advanced lecture course in organic chemistry. Characterization of polymers. Polymerization mechanisms. Current research directions such as biomedical applications and electroactive polymers. This course is offered on an irregular basis.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3412.

CHEM 4401  Biochemistry I  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

The structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. An introduction to enzyme kinetics, cell membrane structure and biochemical signaling. Laboratory exercises demonstrate the basic principles and techniques used in Biochemistry. This course is typically offered in Fall, Spring and Summer.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3412 and (BIOL 1406 and 1407).

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4402  Biochemistry II  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A continuation of CHEM 4401 . Biochemical energetics, including glycolysis, fatty acid oxidation, amino acid oxidation, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, photophosphorylation and photosynthesis. Carbohydrate, fatty acid and amino acid biosynthesis. Laboratory is a continuation of biochemical techniques. This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.

Prerequisite: CHEM 4401.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4407  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A survey of inorganic chemistry. Theories of atomic structure, covalent bonding, ionic solids, metallic solids, and coordination compounds. Modern acid?base concepts. Laboratory involves the synthesis of inorganic compounds.

Prerequisite: CHEM 3412.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4420  Physical Biochemistry  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A fundamental approach to the study of physical and chemical phenomena, including the study of thermodynamics, gases and phase equilibria. This course is typically offered on an irregular basis.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1412 and (PHYS 1402 or 2426) and MATH 2414.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4423  Physical Chemistry I  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A fundamental approach to the study of physical and chemical phenomena, including the study of thermodynamics, gases and phase equilibria. This course is typically offered in Fall.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1412 and (PHYS 1402 or 2426) and MATH 2414.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4424  Physical Chemistry II  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A continuation of CHEM 4423 , including the study of chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, molecular structure, and quantum mechanics. This course is typically offered in Spring.

Prerequisite: CHEM 4423.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4443  Environmental Chemistry  
4 Semester Credit Hours (3 Lecture Hours, 3 Lab Hours)  

A study of the impact of chemistry on the environment, including topics of air pollution, water pollution, and beneficial chemical modifications of the environment. Laboratory devoted to field techniques of sampling, sample preservation, and analytical techniques applied to the environment. This course is typically offered in Spring.

Prerequisite: CHEM 1412 and 3411.

Co-requisite: SMTE 0093.  
CHEM 4490  Special Topics  
4 Semester Credit Hours (1 Lecture Hour, 1 Lab Hour)  

May be repeated for credit. Subject materials variable.

CHEM 4696  Directed Independent Study  
1-6 Semester Credit Hours  

Requires a formal proposal of study to be completed in advance of registration, to be approved by the supervising faculty, the chairperson and the dean of the College.