Chemistry Major with American Chemical Society Certification

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Description

The American Chemical Society, through its Committee on Professional Training, establishes a professional standard for the undergraduate curriculum in chemistry. This committee also evaluates undergraduate programs and approves those departments which meet its standards. Brockport's Department of Chemistry is an ACS approved department. Students who wish to receive preparation more in-depth than our regular chemistry major before employment as a chemist or entry into chemistry graduate programs are advised to complete the program outlined below, which meets the requirements of the Committee on Professional Training for certification. Graduates who complete the program are also eligible for immediate election to membership in the ACS.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare a major in chemistry with ACS certification.

Program Requirements

Students in the chemistry major with ACS certification pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Minimum grades of "C" in CHM 205 and CHM 206 are required before students are allowed to take further chemistry courses in the major.

Chemistry Requirements (48 credits)

  • CHM205 College Chemistry I
  • CHM206 College Chemistry II
  • CHM301 Chemical Safety
  • CHM302 Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHM303 Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • CHM305 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM306 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM400 Seminar I
  • CHM401 Seminar II
  • CHM405 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHM406 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHM408 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHM409 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHM467 Biochemistry I

Math and Physics Requirements (20 credits)

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

To make normal progress in the major, a student should complete CHM205, CHM206, CHM302, CHM303, CHM305, CHM306, PHS235, PHS240, MTH201, MTH202 and MTH203 by the end of the sophomore year, but speak with your advisor about your specific needs and the timing of the courses that will work best for you.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and apply the principles of:
  1. chemical nomenclature.
  2. atomic structure and quantum theory.
  3. molecular structure and reactivity.
  4. stoichiometric calculations based upon chemical formulae and balanced chemical equations including oxidation-reduction reactions.
  5. chemical energetics and thermodynamics including chemical equilibrium.
  6. reaction dynamics (kinetics and mechanisms).
  7. descriptive chemistry of the elements, compounds, and trends in the periodic table.

Students will be able to

  1. critically assess primary literature.
  2. contribute positively and effectively as a member of a team while addressing a chemical issue.
  3. understand and apply the tenets and principles of safe laboratory practice and waste handling.
  4. demonstrate proficiency in carrying out basic and advanced laboratory manipulations and use of common laboratory equipment and instruments.
  5. demonstrate proficiency in managing experimental data including thoroughly recording procedure and observations, tabulating data, and analyzing results.
  6. effectively communicate chemistry content, both orally and in writing, to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding.
  7. recognize and analyze ethical implications related to scientific issues in society and within their profession.

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