Sep 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry Major

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Timothy C. Flewelen Lecturer
Tanya Katzman Lecturer
Kevin McMahon Chair of Department of Computational & Physical Sciences
Associate Professor
Joseph J. Piatt Professor
Michael D. Schuder Associate Professor
Gail M. Vojta Distinguished Lecturer

The Chemistry 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.

Learning Outcomes for Chemistry

Upon successful completion of the chemistry 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. Students must complete core courses, required support courses and the requirements for the emphasis.


Students must complete all core requirements and one of the emphases below.

Bachelor of Science Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:


Each major may have specific course sequencing requirements. For specific requirements, see “Required Support Courses” within each major

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