The student majoring in chemistry must take the following courses:
CHM 303 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 304 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 406 Inorganic Chemistry
CHM 415 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 452 Biochemistry
CHM 475 Junior Seminar
CHM 502 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 503 Physical Chemistry II
CHM 522 Instrumental Analysis
CHM 570 Senior Seminar
CHM 590 Chemical Research
Note: CHM 101 and CHM 102, or equivalent, are required as prerequisites for CHM 303.
Chemistry 570 and 590 require completion of a guided laboratory research project by the senior year (completed no later than fall of the senior year) and a written report.
Requirements for an ACS-certified degree include all of the above with the addition of one of the following four advanced courses:
CHM 403 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHM 419 Analytical Separation Science
CHM 453 Advanced Biochemistry
CHM 504 Advanced Topics in Physical Chemistry
Students are required to do a more extensive research project culminating in a senior presentation and thesis, which requires completion of CHM 575, Senior Thesis.
In addition, the following courses (or their equivalents) are required for the chemistry major and should be completed prior to the junior year in order to meet prerequisites for upper-level courses:
MTH 220 Calculus II
BIO 202 Molecular Genetics and Cellular Function
PHY 201 University Physics I
PHY 202 University Physics II
Further, all chemistry majors must pass a comprehensive standardized examination during their senior year.
Students who elect to do a thesis research project along with associated oral and written presentations (CHM 575) are eligible for departmental honors consideration, even if they elect the non-ACS degree option. A student who attains a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.30 in the chemistry or biochemistry major and an 85 percent grade or higher on the senior thesis will receive departmental honors. Consideration may also be given to a student with a major grade-point average between 3.00 and 3.30 who submits an extraordinary thesis.
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