College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Chemistry : Major

The Chemistry Division offers a core major and an American Chemical Society (ACS) approved degree.

Core major
The core major provides a firm background for entry into the chemistry job market, for advanced study in the discipline, for advanced study in a related discipline, or a foundation for various professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law or library science. It is appropriate for most students wishing to have a double major as well as for students wanting to earn a secondary education minor.

American Chemical Society approved degree
The ACS-approved degree requires the core major plus six additional credit hours. Students completing the additional credits will be certified to ACS upon graduation and are immediately eligible to join ACS. Students who intend to pursue graduate studies in chemistry or who desire a nationally certified degree should consider the additional course work.

Major Requirements

Core major
Thirty eight credits of Chemistry, 8 credits of math and 8 credits of physics:

CHEM 105-106 General Chemistry I and II
CHEM 315-316 Organic Chemistry I and II (prerequisite CHEM 106)
CHEM 321 Intro to Analytical Chemistry (prerequisite CHEM 106)
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I (prerequisite CHEM 106, MATH 152, PHYS 112 or 126)
CHEM 346 Physical Chemistry II (prerequisite CHEM 343 or CEMS 235, MATH 152)
CHEM 345 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (prerequisite CHEM 343 or CEMS 235)
CHEM 372 Inorganic Chemistry (prerequisite CHEM 343 or CEMS 235)
CHEM 374 Inorganic Chemistry Lab (co-requisite CHEM 372)
CHEM 390 Junior Seminar (prerequisite Junior standing)
CHEM 423 Instrumental Analysis (prerequisites CHEM 321 and CHEM 346 or equivalent)
CHEM 461 Advanced Laboratory (co-requisite CHEM 423)
CHEM 490 Senior Seminar (prerequisite Senior standing)

MATH 151 and 152 Calculus I and II
PHYS 111 or 125 and PHYS 112 or 126 A General Physics sequence

Liberal Arts and Sciences Chemistry majors must take CHEM 343/346 but Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science majors who also major in Chemistry may take CEMS 214, 235 and 344 for equivalent content.

American Chemical Society (ACS) approved major
Course work for the core major plus the following:

CHEM 420 and at least two additional credits selected from CHEM 400, CHEM 414, CHEM 450, CHEM 457, CHEM 462, CHEM 485, CHEM 495, CEMS 348, CEMS 349, and CEMS 402. These last two credits must include at least 24 clock hours of laboratory time.

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