The Department of Chemistry offers courses leading to the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry. The department also offers a program culminating in the professional degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.Ch.). This program is designed to meet the requirements of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, and is undertaken primarily by students who desire to go directly to positions in the chemical industry, or to enroll for postgraduate study in chemistry.
Sequence of Courses
Students who have a score on the university’s math placement exam (ALEKS) earning placement into MATH 1720 or higher should enroll in CHEM 1110 /CHEM 1111 if they plan to take more than one year of college chemistry, or plan to major in either a natural science or in biomedical, civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering. CHEM 1010 /CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020 /CHEM 1021 are for students interested in the science of chemistry, but are not credited toward a major in chemistry, biology or physics. CHEM 1010 /CHEM 1011 and CHEM 1020 /CHEM 1021 may satisfy the General Education Natural Science requirements of other majors. CHEM 1010 may be taken as preparation by students of limited high school chemistry background whose curriculum requires CHEM 1110 .
Beginning students who have had previous high school training in chemistry are invited to apply for advanced placement.
Laboratory Safety and Course Requirements
Laboratory safety is strictly practiced in the Department of Chemistry. Approved eye protection must be worn as required in all chemical laboratories. In addition, to ensure that students enrolled in laboratory courses learn the necessary safety information to safely participate in the laboratory course, all prerequisites and/or corequisites for all laboratory courses are strictly enforced. As a result, when a student enrolls in a laboratory course without prior completion of the necessary prerequisite or corequisite, the student will be dropped from the laboratory course. In addition, when a student simultaneously enrolls in a laboratory course and corequisite course, but subsequently drops or discontinues the corequisite course, the student will be dropped from the laboratory course. In the event any student fails to comply with any safety requirements of the Department of Chemistry, the department has the right to not allow the student to perform laboratory work, or to withdraw the student from the laboratory course, as appropriate.
The requirements listed below are for majors and minors for the Bachelor of Science degrees or for minors for the Bachelor of Arts degrees; for detailed requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, a professional degree, see degree requirements described later in this section.
NOTE: Students must complete CHEM 1110 /CHEM 1111 , CHEM 1120 /CHEM 1121 before enrolling in any upper division course applied toward the major or the minor.