Chemistry (BS)


The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs prepare students for advanced study in graduate, medical, dental or law schools and/or for employment in chemical and related industries, government or private research laboratories.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry programs educate students as professional chemists who can plan and reason through problem situations and develop responses that are scientifically correct and ethically and socially acceptable.

The Chemistry and Biochemistry curricula provide exceptional opportunities to combine a traditional education with advanced laboratory experiences including undergraduate research.

The undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry programs also provide Core Curriculum courses for students pursuing other Science, Engineering, and Liberal Arts curricula.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Graduates of this program will be able to

    1. work safely and effectively in a laboratory.
    2. design experiments.
    3. use and interpret (qualitatively, quantitatively, and statistically) data collected by the following instruments: pH meter, analytical balance, UV/vis spectrometer, FTIR, GC/MS, NMR and HPLC.
    4. recognize the value and limitations of modern methods of analysis based on knowledge of instrument design and applicable calibration methods.
    5. communicate effectively through oral and written reports.
    6. search the chemical literature including online sources.
    7. critically read the chemical literature.
    8. use computers to assist data collection and processing
    9. master factual knowledge across the five content areas of chemistry: organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biochemical.
    10. work effectively in small groups and teams.
    11. demonstrate an awareness of the ethical issues in chemistry. 

    Degree Requirements - Bachelor of Science with a Major in Chemistry (126 credits)

    Course Requirements

    • CHM 1070 General Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 1080 General Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 1120 Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)
    • CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)
    • CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry II (3 credits)
    • CHM 2300 Advanced Organic Chemistry Lab II (2 credits)
    • CHM 3410 Chemical Thermodynamics and Applications (3 credits)
    • CHM 3420 Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CHM 3430 Physical Chemistry Laboratory A (2 credits)
    • CHM 3440 Physical Chemistry Laboratory B (2 credits)
    • CHM 3870 Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
    • CHM 3880 Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1 credit)
    • CHM 4010 Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
    • CHM 4810 Instrumental Analysis (3 credits)
    • CHM 4710 Biochemistry I (3 credits)
    • CHM 4820 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (2 credits)
    • CHM 4990 Chemistry Senior Assessment (0 credits)
    • Chemistry Elective (3 credits)
    • Optional Laboratory Research (CHM 2908, CHM 4980) (max 6 credits)

    Additional Mathematics and Science Requirements

    • MTH 1410 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits)
    • MTH 1420 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (4 credits)
    • MTH 2410 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III (4 credits)
    • PHY 1600 General Physics I (3 credits)
    • PHY 1610 General Physics Lab I (1 credit)
    • PHY 1620 General Physics II (3 credits)
    • PHY 1630 General Physics Lab II (1 credit)

    Core Curriculum Courses

    In addition to the courses required for this program listed above, the student must also fulfill the requirements of the University Core Curriculum for this program.

    Some of these courses may be satisfied by courses in your program.  Please review your Degree Evaluation or consult your academic advisor for more information.

    Optional Concentration - Neuroscience

    The Neuroscience concentration focuses on the scientific investigation of behavior, neurological and mental processes as well as provides students with basic scientific skills training. A concentration in neuroscience will offer students an opportunity to learn about theory and research on the brain and nervous system from a number of perspectives. Students will come to understand how developments in biology, psychology, chemistry and related fields alter knowledge and research techniques in the other fields. This cross-disciplinary concentration is not housed within a single department but, rather, is directed and taught primarily by faculty in the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Psychology.

    Choose 1 of the following

    • BIO 3800 Principles of Neurophysiology (3 credits)
    • PYC 3070 Psychobiology (3 credits)

    Choose 1 of the following

    • BIO 2840 Animal Behavior (3 credits)
    • BIO 3800 Principles of Neurophysiology (3 credits)
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • CHM 4600 Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery

    Choose 2 of the following (at least one course must be PYC)

    • PYC 4090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
    • BIO 2840 Animal Behavior (3 credits)
    • BIO 3800 Principles of Neurophysiology (3 credits)
    • BIO 4350 Fundamentals of Pharmacology (3 credits)
    • CHM 4600 Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery (3 credits)
    • CHM 4740 Recent Advances in Biochemistry (3 credits)
    • PYC 2010 Research Methods II (3 credits)
    • PYC 4070 Advanced Psychobiology (3 credits)
    • PYC 4080 Advanced Psychobiology Laboratory (3 credits)
    • PYC 4090 Perceptual and Cognitive Processes (3 credits)
    • PYC 4100 Perceptual and Cognitive Process Laboratory (3 credits)

    Total Credits: 12 credits

    Six credits must be 3000 level or higher.

Program Contact Information

Program Chair: Matthew J. Mio, Ph.D.
Chemistry 113
Telephone: (313) 993-1258