Chemistry - BS

The BS program in Chemistry is arranged so that a student obtains a comprehensive, solid foundation in all of the major branches of chemistry, combined with a suitable measure of individual flexibility. The latter objective is met in part by a strong emphasis on involving the undergraduate BS chemistry major in exciting, innovative, state-of-the-art research programs. Most students in the BS program become involved in research during their junior year and continue this until graduation. Students frequently receive research scholarships and fellowships, which include opportunities for summer research programs. It is not uncommon for an undergraduate chemistry major to be a coauthor of scientific publications in major research journals before graduation.

Undergraduate chemistry research activities involve substantial use of modern scientific equipment, including major instrumentation. The student involved in this activity also gains considerable insight into the profession by means of substantial individual contact with chemistry department faculty.

The BS degree in Chemistry is the appropriate program for students planning advanced degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry, forensics, chemical physics and other fields. Students planning careers in chemical industry should also choose the BS degree in Chemistry. Students may wish to choose electives suggested in the biological or environmental chemistry tracks. This degree program satisfies fully the accreditation requirements of the American Chemical Society.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 100 Horizons in Chemistry 1
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I 1
4
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
HIST 105 History of the United States 2 3
MATH 151
Engineering Mathematics I
or Analytic Geometry and Calculus
4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II 1
4
HIST 106 History of the United States 2 3
MATH 152
Engineering Mathematics II
or Calculus
4
PHYS 218 Mechanics 4
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 227 Organic Chemistry I 1 3
CHEM 231 Techniques of Organic Chemistry 2
Select one of the following 4
Several Variable Calculus  
Engineering Mathematics III  
Engineering Mathematics III  
PHYS 208 Electricity and Optics 4
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring
CHEM 228 Organic Chemistry II 1 3
CHEM 234 Organic Synthesis and Analysis IV 3 3
CHEM 362 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
Select one of the following: 3
Linear Algebra  
Differential Equations  
Principles of Statistics I  
 
 
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
 
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
CHEM 315 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis 3
CHEM 318 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory 1
CHEM 327 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 433 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
POLS 206 American National Government 3
Select one of the following: 4 3
 
 
 
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
CHEM 325 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHEM 328 Physical Chemistry II 3
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
Select three of the following: 4 9
 
 
 
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM 326 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHEM 415 Analytical Chemistry 3
CHEM 491 Research 5 3
Select one of the following: 6 3
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Materials Chemistry of Inorganic Materials  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Modern Physics  
Select two of the following: 4 6
 
 
 
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
CHEM 434 Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory 2
CHEM 481 Seminar 3 2
CHEM 491 Research 5 3
Select one of the following: 6 3
Organic Chemistry III  
Chemical Biology  
Inorganic Chemistry  
Nuclear Chemistry  
Polymer Chemistry  
Materials Chemistry of Inorganic Materials  
Industrial Chemistry  
Green Chemistry  
Special Topics in...  
Comprehensive Biochemistry I  
Comprehensive Biochemistry II  
Biochemistry I  
Biochemistry II  
Modern Physics  
Select two of the following: 4 5
 
 
 
 
General elective
 
 
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours120