Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Chemistry Major

The Chemistry curriculum is designed to provide a sound theoretical background in the principles of chemistry complemented by hands-on laboratory experiences. Students have the opportunity to acquire the chemical knowledge and laboratory skills enabling them to perform synthesis as well as characterize organic and inorganic compounds utilizing chemical, spectrophotometric, chromatographic, and advanced instrumental methods of analysis.

Career Opportunities

A baccalaureate degree in chemistry provides graduates with diverse career opportunities and also prepares them for advanced studies in chemistry and related fields. Our graduates are employed as chemical research associates in industrial, governmental, clinical, and environmental settings. Others pursue a career teaching chemistry or in chemical sales. Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, medical sciences, and other related disciplines.

Physical and Biological Faculty


Chemistry Major Objectives

Upon completing this program, a Chemistry major will be able to:

  1. Perform accurate stoichiometric and chemical equilibrium calculations.
  2. Predict and explain the reactivity of an organic or inorganic compound from a knowledge of its structure.
  3. Assess the thermodynamic and kinetic stability of a chemical system.
  4. Propose a reasonable mechanism for an organic or inorganic reaction.
  5. Apply basic quantum mechanical concepts to the study of chemical systems.
  6. Synthesize and characterize inorganic and organic compounds.
  7. Design and perform a qualitative and quantitative analysis of a sample of matter, using both wet and instrumental methods.
  8. Plan and execute experiments through the proper use of library resources.
  9. Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results.
  10. Communicate effectively through oral and written reports.

General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required chemistry courses (40 credit hours)

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

CHEM 209Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 211Analytical Methods

3 cr.

CHEM 219Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 220Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

CHEM 221Analytical Methods Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 312Instrumental Analysis

3 cr.

CHEM 314Biochemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 317Physical Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 318Physical Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 322Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 324Biochemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

CHEM 327Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 328Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 431Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:40

Mathematics and physics courses (19 credit hours)

MATH 133Calculus I

4 cr.

MATH 134Calculus II

4 cr.

MATH 235Calculus III

3 cr.

PHYS 133Mechanics

4 cr.

PHYS 134Electricity and Magnetism

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:19

Total Credit Hours: 59

The 2.0 required grade point average in the major is based upon all CHEM courses pursued as a part of the student’s degree program.