Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The department also offers the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in chemistry.

Faculty: Professor Euler, chairperson. Professors Dain, Freeman, Kirschenbaum, Lucht, Oxley, Rosen, Smith, and S. Yang; Associate Professor DeBoef; Assistant Professors Dwyer, Kiesewetter, and Levine; Professors Emeriti C. Brown, P. Brown, Cheer, Cruickshank, Goodman, Nelson, Rosie, and Traficante.

BACHELOR OF ARTS

Students in this program must complete a minimum of 31 credits (maximum 45) in chemistry by taking either 10 credits as CHM 191, 192 or 8 credits as CHM 101, 102, 112, 114; and 20 credits as CHM 212, 226, 227, 228, 335, 431, and 432 or 20 credits as CHM 212, 291, 292, 335, 431, and 432. One additional course must be chosen from CHM 401, 412, 427, or 441. CHM 229 and 230 may be substituted for CHM 226.

MTH 141 and 142 and one year of physics (PHY 111, 112, 185, and 186, or PHY 203, 204, 273, and 274) are required.

A total of 120 credits is required for the B.A. At least 42 of these must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Designed to prepare the student for a career in chemistry, this curriculum provides a thorough training in both theory and practice in the fields of analytical, physical, organic, biochemistry, and inorganic chemistry. Those who complete this curriculum are prepared to practice as a chemist, pursue graduate studies in chemistry, or enroll in a professional school in a related area such as medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy. Preprofessional studies can be focused through the use of electives.

The B.S. degree is accredited by the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training of Chemists. Graduates receive a certification card issued by the society and are eligible for senior membership after two years of experience in the field of chemistry. It is strongly recommended that WRT 104 or 106 be taken in the freshman year. CHM 425, 427 should be taken in the junior year by students planning research or advanced course work in organic chemistry. Six credits of “curriculum requirements” shall include either CHM 353 or any 500-level courses with department approval.

B.S. students desiring the American Chemical Society option in chemistry/biochemistry must take BCH 581, 582. Six additional credits in undergraduate research (CHM 353) are also required to satisfy requirements for advanced laboratory. CHM 353 will be supervised by faculty with expertise in biochemistry. Students electing the chemistry/biochemistry option may wish to take additional courses in molecular biology as electives.

A total of 120 credits is required for the B.S. degree. Accreditation guidelines require chemistry majors to take 55 credits toward the chemistry major.

Freshman Year First semester: 16-18 credits
CHM 191 (5) (or CHM 101, 102 [4]); MTH 141 (4), language or free elective (3), Basic Liberal Studies requirements (5-6).

Second semester: 16-18 credits
CHM 192 (5) (or CHM 112, 114 [4]); MTH 142 (4), language or free elective (3), Basic Liberal Studies requirements (5-6).

Sophomore Year First semester: 17 credits
CHM 212 (4); CHM 227 or 291 (3); MTH 243 (3); PHY 203, 273 (4), language or Basic Liberal Studies requirements (3).

Second semester: 18 credits
CHM 292 (5) (or CHM 226, 228 [5]); MTH 244 (3); PHY 204, 274 (4), language or Basic Liberal Studies requirements (6).

Junior Year First semester: 15 credits
CHM 335 (2), 431 (3); PHY 205, 275 (4); Basic Liberal Studies requirement (3), free elective (3).

Second semester: 17 credits
CHM 412 (3), 414 (2), 432 (3); Basic Liberal Studies requirements (6), free elective (3).

Senior Year First semester: 14-19 credits
CHM 401 (3), 425 (2), 427 (3), curriculum requirements (3-6), free electives (3-5).

Second semester: 15 credits
CHM 492 [capstone] (1), 402 (2), 441 (3), free electives (9).