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Concentration - 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 Charter Oak concentration requirements, but are strongly suggested for students planning graduate study in Chemistry. This concentration requires minimum of 39 credits.

This concentration in the General Studies major can be completed by combining Charter Oak's online courses and other sources of credit such as credit transferred from regionally accredited institutions or testing.  It cannot be completed solely through Charter Oak State College courses.

Concentration Requirements:

Introductory Chemistry with laboratory8 credits
Organic Chemistry with laboratory (not upper level)8 credits
Inorganic Chemistry with/without laboratory3 or 4 credits
Physical Chemistry with/without laboratory3 or 4 credits
Instrumental Analysis4 credits
Calculus6 to 8 credits
Physics4 credits
Capstone - CHE 499 (Culminating course in concentration)3 credits
Notes:  Only grades of C or higher may be included in the concentration. At least one upper level course in addition to instrumentation must include a laboratory (physical, inorganic, advanced organic or biochemistry. An optional method of establishing a Chemistry concentration: 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 a laboratory component, students who use this option are required to complete two upper level laboratory courses; at least one these should be a laboratory course in instrumentation unless the student meets this outcome through job experience, plus the 3 credit capstone.

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.