2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Chemistry (B.S.)

The B.S. Chemistry Major is designed for students intending to pursue professional careers in the chemical industry, graduate work in chemistry, or other fields that require a strong chemistry background with a foundation in all five of the major subdisciplines of chemistry. This major is also appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, secondary school teaching, industrial sales, or other fields that require a solid chemistry background, and who want a more developed major than that offered by the B.A. Chemistry Major.

Learning Objectives

The Chemistry Major seeks to provide students with experiences that enable them to:

  1.  achieve a solid foundation in major areas of chemistry (Organic, Analytical, Physical, Inorganic and Biochemistry), such that they understand and can apply the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry in the various sub-disciplines and understand the central role of chemistry in the sciences.
  2.  understand the relationship between molecular properties and macroscopic behavior by providing them with the skill to use chemical and mathematical symbols and equations to represent the behavior of matter at the macroscopic, molecular and atomic levels.
  3.  exercise critical discernment of the key features of chemical problems and apply knowledge and judgement to solve such problems, including the design and execution of experiments and computations involving the synthesis of molecules and characterization of chemical properties and phenomena via experimental and computational techniques using modern instrumentation and computer technologies.
  4.  communicate effectively, including accessing and using major information sources of the discipline, conveying (orally and in writing) the results of scientific inquiry in a clear and professionally acceptable manner, and working cooperatively with others in team settings.
  5.  prepare for professional attainment.


Recommendations. Students should consult with their academic advisors and the chemistry faculty if they are interested in obtaining an American Chemical Society Certified Major.  

The American Chemical Society has adopted a set of standards for undergraduate training in chemistry. In addition to the courses required of all majors, students seeking certification must complete the following courses: CHEM 350  or CHEM 351 CHEM 460 CHEM 462 CHEM 490  and recommends the following MATH courses:  MATH 210  MATH 270  MATH 280