The Chemistry and Biochemistry Program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. This approval means that the program has the faculty, curriculum and instrumentation necessary to provide a quality education for undergraduate students.
Upon successful completion of the chemistry or biochemistry major, students will:1. Understand the basic definitions, concepts and relationships of chemistry.2. Develop advanced skills in evaluating library searches for primary literature.3. Understand fundamental laboratory analyses and safety protocols.4. Perform quantitative and qualitative scientific analyses.5. Understand the basic theory and use of modern instrumentation.6. Use computers for chemical applications including technical writing, modeling, data collecting and processing, and database searching.7. Prepare effective written scientific reports and oral presentations for professional audiences.8. Work cooperatively in problem solving situations.9. Understand the benefits and problems of modern chemistry for our society.
Recognizing the individuality of students and that chemistry can be a strong preparation for a variety of careers, the program offers two majors, chemistry and biochemistry, each with multiple emphases. Each of these majors offers courses in the basic areas of inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry, and can be supplemented by special opportunities such as industrial internships and independent research. Modern scientific instrumentation is available and incorporated into all courses of the curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult with chemistry and biochemistry faculty about the various emphases and opportunities associated with each.
1. ACS-Approved Emphasis is especially suited for students planning on graduate work or desiring the best preparation for industrial employment.Upon completion of this emphasis, students will:• Develop an advanced understanding in multiple fields of chemistry.• Develop an independent research project, acquire and analyze data, and present the results at an off-campus professional meeting.2. Forensic Science Emphases are multidisciplinary programs designed to train students in the analysis of physical and chemical case evidence and the associated legal implications.Upon completion of one of these emphases, students will:• Understand the basic definitions, concepts and relationships of criminalistics.• Understand intake, transport and biochemical processes of toxins in the human body.• Gain expertise in the collection and analysis of evidence specific to forensic science.• Develop an independent research project, acquire and analyze data, and present the results at Celebrate Carroll.3. Pre-Health Science/Professional Emphasis is for those students who plan to pursue professional work in an allied health field such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, or veterinary science or pursue an industrial career.Upon completion of this emphasis, students will:• Develop an advanced understanding in a particular field of chemistry.• Obtain work-related career experience in an industrial, corporate or medical setting.
Specific Courses that require use of equipment and disposable supplies are assigned a fee.
The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:
NOTE: EACH MAJOR MAY HAVE SPECIFIC COURSE SEQUENCING REQUIREMENTS.FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, SEE "REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES" WITHIN EACH MAJOR
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Students must complete four GE1 courses: one from each of the four Distribution Areas outside of their major area of study.Students must take one GE2 course. The GE2 course chosen, must build upon a discipline taken at the GE1 level (e.g. PSY101 (S1) and PSY 221 (S2)).
Fine Arts (F1, F2)
Humanities (H1, H2)
Philosophy/Ethics/Religion (P1, P2)
Social Sciences (S1, S2)
The Cross-Cultural Component is a five-course series through which students explore the study of culture:
Transfer students will register for CCS101 for one credit.
The Cultural Seminar, which is taken in the first semester, begins the exploration of culture through the study of one's own culture and a different culture. This course develops oral communication skills through critical reading and discussion.
The Writing Seminar is taken during the first or second semester, includes cross-cultural readings, and develops foundational writing skills.
The Cross-Cultural Designation course is taken after the Cultural and Writing Seminars. This course satisfies a Distribution requirement, continues development of writing skills, and includes significant cross-cultural themes as preparation for the Cross-Cultural Experience.
The Cross-Cultural Experience course is taken concurrently or after the Cross-Cultural Development course. In an off-campus setting, students apply knowledge learned in the previous three courses through interactions with cultures other than their own. (CCS300 for 2 credits, NCEP courses for 4 credits, or study abroad for 12+ credits)
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In the Global Perspectives Colloquium, advanced students (usually seniors) from multiple disciplines engage in critical reading and discussion. Students reflect on their distribution courses and cross-cultural experiences while also refining their writing skills.
To receive recognition of completion of this emphasis, students must earn a C or better in all chemistry major core courses and emphasis specific courses, and present results of a research project at a national chemistry meeting.
One chemistry course numbered 300 or greater (4 credits).
The list below displays all the courses offered by the major:
1. ACS-Approved Emphasis is designed to prepare students for graduate school in chemistry or biochemistry, medical school, or employment in biomedical sciences.Upon completion of this emphasis, students will:• Develop an advanced understanding in multiple fields of chemistry and biological chemistry.• Develop an independent research project, acquire and analyze data, and present the results at an off-campus professional meeting.
2. Pre-Health Science / Professional Emphasis provides a mixture of chemistry and biology courses and is designed for students who are interested in biology but want to solidify their understanding of the molecular view of it. Graduates will be prepared for professional school, graduate school, medical school or employment in biological and biomedical sciences.Upon completion of this emphasis, students will:• Develop an advanced understanding in a particular field of biological chemistry.• Develop an advanced understanding of medical biology.• Develop an independent research project, acquire and analyze data, and present the results at Celebrate Carroll.
3. Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis is a 3+1 program designed to prepare students for direct admission to a pharmacy program. While this emphasis contains courses required for admission to most pharmacy programs in the US during the student’s first three years, a matriculation agreement with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) allows students who are admittedto RFUMS to transfer first year coursework completed at RFUMS back to Carroll and receive a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry with Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis from Carroll University. Students not attending RFUMS may add a fourth year at Carroll to complete a biochemistry degree with Pre-Health Science/Professional Emphasis.