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The Chemistry Major

To complete a major in chemistry, a student must complete a minimum of 35 credits in chemistry, complete three semesters of calculus (12 credits), and complete a year of calculus-based physics with laboratory (8 credits). The following courses are required of all chemistry majors:

CHM205 College Chemistry I
CHM206 College Chemistry II
CHM301 Chemical Safety
CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHM303 Analytical Chemistry
CHM305 Organic Chemistry I
CHM306 Organic Chemistry II
CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I

CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II

MTH201 Calculus I
MTH202 Calculus II
MTH203 Calculus III
PHS235 College Physics I
PHS240 College Physics II

In addition, the student must earn at least three elective credits in upper level chemistry courses according to his/her specific interests. Students completing two majors may, by petition to the Chemistry Department, substitute for this elective a three-credit upper level course in another natural and mathematical science.

To make normal progress in the major, the student should complete CHM205, CHM206, CHM303, CHM305, CHM306, PHS235 PHS240 and the three-semester calculus sequence by the end of the sophomore year. The suggested program for the Freshman and Sophomore Years for all majors is listed in Section A. Program options for the Junior and Senior years are summarized as follows:

Minimum Major
American Chemical Society (ACS)-Certified Major
ACS plus Concentration in Business

Section B
Section C
Section D

A. Program for Freshman and Sophomore Years

Students who plan to complete a chemistry major should arrange their program for the freshman and sophomore years according to the curriculum pattern given below. This curriculum pattern includes all prerequisite courses to the upper level courses that the student will be required to take, or may contemplate taking, in the last two years of his/her program.

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM205 College Chemistry I
MTH201 Calculus I
ENG112 Freshman Composition
GEP100 Academic Planning Seminar
GEP150 Computer Skills
General Education Breadth Elective

4
4
3
1
1
3

CHM206 College Chemistry II
MTH202 Calculus II
General Education Breadth Elective
General Education Breadth Elective
General Education Breadth Elective

4
4
3
3
3
Semester Total
16
Semester Total
17

Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHM305 Organic Chemistry I
MTH203 Calculus III
PHS235 College Physics I


4
4
4
4

CHM303 Analytical Chemistry I
CHM306 Organic Chemistry II
PHS240 College Physics II
General Education Breadth Elective

4
4
4
3

Semester Total
16
Semester Total
15

After the freshman and sophomore years, a wide variety of options exists for completion of the chemistry major program. Several of these options are described below:

B. Program for Junior and Senior Years: Minimum Chemistry Major

This program represents a sound second major for a student with a strong first major in mathematics, physics, geology, biology or earth science. It does not constitute the full preparation necessary for graduate study in chemistry or for employment as a professional chemist. However, it may be upgraded to meet these needs by proper choice of electives.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM301 Chemical Safety
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3

CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

3
1
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
14
Semester Total
16

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHMXXX Chemistry Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
13
Semester Total
13

C. Program for Junior and Senior Years: the ACS-Certified Chemistry Major

This program is the recognized minimum preparation for employment as a professional chemist. It is also the strongest program in preparation for graduate studies in chemistry.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM301 Chemical Safety
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHM467 Biochemistry I
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
1
3
1
3
3

CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective
CHMXXX Chemistry Elective(a)
Elective
Elective

3
1
1
3
3
3
Semester Total
15
Semester Total
14

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHMXXX Advanced Lecture Elective
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective(b)
CHMXXX Advanced Lecture Elective
Elective
Elective
Elective

1
1
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
14
Semester Total
14

D. Program for Junior and Senior Years: ACS Major plus a Concentration in Business

Students who plan to seek employment as a professional chemist following graduation are well-advised to include business and economics courses within their undergraduate program. In many companies, obtaining an MBA is a more sure pathway for advancement than is pursuing an MS in chemistry. MBA programs are usually designed to be compatible with the work schedules of full-time employees, can be completed while you are working as a "bench chemist," and require as prerequisites the courses included in the program below.

Junior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM301 Chemical Safety
CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
CHM408 Physical Chemistry Lab I
CHM467 Biochemistry I
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective
ECN201 Microeconomics
ECN204 Economic Statistics

1
3
1
3
1
3
3

CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
CHM409 Physical Chemistry Lab II
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective
CHMXXX Chemistry Elective(a)
ACC281 Intro Financial Accounting
Elective

3
1
1
3
3
3
Semester Total
15
Semester Total
14

Senior Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits

CHM400 Chemistry Seminar I
CHMXXX Advanced Lecture Elective
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective
ACC382 Managerial Accounting
BUS325 Principles of Finance
Elective

1
3
1
3
3
3

CHM401 Chemistry Seminar II
CHMXXX Advanced Lab Elective(b)
BUS335 Principles of Marketing
BUS365 Principles of Management
BUS3XX Elective
Elective

1
1
3
3
3
3
Semester Total
14
Semester Total
14

(a) Six credits of chemistry electives (CHMXXX) are required. One upper level math or physics course requiring calculus may be substituted for one three-credit CHM elective.

(b) CHM 470 may be substituted for CHM342. However, CHM467 is a pre- or co-requisite to CHM470.

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