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Chemistry

Chemistry is an interdisciplinary subject based on physics and mathematics. Course work at the advanced and upper division levels in chemistry is divided into five sub-areas of the field: Organic, Inorganic, Physical, Analytical, and Biochemistry. Students wishing to pursue graduate work in chemistry should have a minimum of two courses in organic, physical, and analytical chemistry and at least one course in inorganic or biochemistry. Analytical chemistry should include a course in instrumentation with a laboratory. These requirements exceed the concentration requirements, but are strongly suggested for students planning graduate study in Chemistry.

Concentration Requirements:

A concentration designated as Chemistry may be established in one of two ways:

Option 1. A minimum of 39 credits, at the appropriate levels, in the following subjects:

Introductory Chemistry with laboratory 8cr
Organic Chemistry with laboratory (not upper level credits)                    8cr
Inorganic Chemistry with/without laboratory 3-4cr
Physical Chemistry with/without laboratory 3-4cr
Instrumental Analysis 4cr
Calculus 6-8cr
Physics 4cr
Capstone 3cr


At least one upper level course in addition to instrumentation must include a laboratory (physical, inorganic, advanced organic or biochemistry).

Option 2. The GRE Subject Test in Chemistry evaluated at 24 credits (15 lower, 9 upper), plus at least 12 additional credits. Because the GRE does not include any laboratory component, students who use this option are required to complete two upper level laboratory courses; at least one of the these should be a laboratory course in instrumentation unless the student meets this outcome through job experience, plus 3 credit capstone.

Recommended Courses

Computer Literacy
Statistics

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a concentration in Chemistry will be able to:

  1. demonstrate thorough knowledge of general and organic chemistry, calculus, and physics to support upper level courses;
  2. demonstrate upper level knowledge in at least three of the five areas of chemistry to provide a broad understanding of the fields;
  3. demonstrate laboratory skills in at least two different upper division areas of chemistry, in addition to those in basic organic chemistry;
  4. demonstrate skills in instrumentation;
  5. utilize information literacy skills to find and read articles in chemical literature;
  6. demonstrate skills in technical writing and oral communication through lab reports, research papers, and oral presentations of their work; and
  7. apply ethical principles in implementing decisions.