Chemistry with ACS Certification Major

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1:  Students will develop an understanding of the theoretical methods and models that chemists use to understand the properties and behavior of matter.

Objective 1.1:  Students will demonstrate a mastery of the key concepts in the five major subdisciplines of chemistry: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

Objective 1.2:  Students will apply appropriate theoretical models to explain experimental observations.

Goal 2:  Students will employ the experimental methods used by chemists.

Objective 2.1:  Students will properly employ the instruments that are used to study problems in chemistry. The students will correctly interpret the data that they obtain from these instruments.

Objective 2.2:  Students will store, handle, and use chemicals safely and responsibly

Goal 3:  Students will effectively communicate scientific information.

Objective 3.1:  Students will present results from chemical investigations and the chemical literature both orally and in writing.

Objective 3.2:  Students will search and properly cite the chemical literature for published work relevant to a problem of contemporary interest.  

The traditional undergraduate programs include 40 courses distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive, and
  3. Writing Intensive. Overlay requirements are part of the forty-course requirement.

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses. Six courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

Mathematics
MAT 161Calculus I4
Natural Science
CHM 120General Chemistry I3
or CHM 121 General Chemistry Honors I
CHM 120LGeneral Chemistry Lab I2

General Education Overlays

See this page about Overlays.

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses

Mathematics
MAT 162Calculus II4
Physics
PHY 105
PHY 106
University Physics I
and University Physics II
6
PHY 105L
PHY 106L
University Physics Lab I
and University Physics Lab II
2

General Education Electives

Any eleven courses

Major Requirements

Major Concentration

Eleven courses

Foundation Course Requirements

CHM 125General Chemistry II3
or CHM 126 General Chemistry Honors II
CHM 125LGeneral Chemistry Lab II2
CHM 210
CHM 215
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry II
6
CHM 210L
CHM 215L
Organic Chemistry Lab I
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
2
CHM 310
CHM 315
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry II
6
CHM 310LPhysical Chemistry Lab I2
CHM 330Instrumental Analysis3
CHM 330LInstrumental Analysis Lab2
CHM 340Biochemistry3
CHM 340LBiochemistry Lab1
CHM 350Inorganic Chemistry3
CHM 350LInorganic Chemistry Lab2

In-Depth Course Requirements

Select one of the following:

  • Three In-Depth Chemistry courses (see list below)
  • Two In-Depth Chemistry courses and Senior Research I-II
  • Two In-Depth Chemistry courses and one Math/Natural Science elective (see list below, this option must be approved by the Chemistry Chair in advance)
In-Depth Chemistry Courses
CHM 400Biogeochemistry3
CHM 410Biophysical Chemistry3
CHM 420Environmental Chemistry3
CHM 430Mechanisms in Organic Chem3
CHM 435Tech Applications of Chemistry3
CHM 440Organometallic Chemistry3
CHM 460Water Chemistry3
CHM 480Adv Biochem: Inorganic Chem3
CHM 490Spectroscopy3
Math and Natural Science Electives
BIO 101Bio I: Cells4
MAT 213Calculus III4
MAT 225Fundamental Ideas of Math3
MAT 231The Mathematics of Music3
MAT 232Chaos, Fractals & Dynamic Syst3
MAT 233History of Mathematics3
MAT 336Logic & Foundations3
PHY 251Modern Physics I4
PHY 253Survey of Nanotechnology3
PHY 255Linear Systems in Physics3
PHY 257Math Methods in Physics3
PHY 261Electronics I4
PHY 301Classical Mechanics4

Enrollment in CHM 390  , or its concentration specific equivalent is required each semester for junior and senior chemistry majors. Students planning to go into industry or attend graduate school should take Senior Research I-II. All students who meet the above requirements satisfactorily will be certified by the American Chemical Society.

Requirements for the Biochemistry Concentration:

The Biochemistry Concentration requires nine (9) GEP electives and 13 Major Requirements.

Biochemistry Concentration Requirements

Select one of the following:

  • Three In-Depth Chemistry courses (see list below)
  • One In-Depth Chemistry courses and Senior Research I-II
  • Two In-Depth Chemistry courses and one Math/Natural Science elective (see list below, this option must be approved by the Chemistry Chair in advance)
    In Depth Chemistry Courses
    CHM 400Biogeochemistry3
    CHM 410Biophysical Chemistry3
    CHM 420Environmental Chemistry3
    CHM 430Mechanisms in Organic Chem3
    CHM 435Tech Applications of Chemistry3
    CHM 440Organometallic Chemistry3
    CHM 460Water Chemistry3
    CHM 490Spectroscopy3
    Math/Natural Science Electives
    BIO 101Bio I: Cells4
    MAT 213Calculus III4
    MAT 225Fundamental Ideas of Math3
    MAT 231The Mathematics of Music3
    MAT 232Chaos, Fractals & Dynamic Syst3
    MAT 233History of Mathematics3
    MAT 334Combinatorics & Graph Theory3
    MAT 336Logic & Foundations3
    PHY 251Modern Physics I4
    PHY 253Survey of Nanotechnology3
    PHY 255Linear Systems in Physics3
    PHY 257Math Methods in Physics3
    PHY 261Electronics I4
    PHY 301Classical Mechanics4

Requirements for the Environmental Chemistry Concentration:

The Biochemistry Concentration requires 11 GEP electives and 11 Major Requirements.

Environmental Chemistry Concentration Requirements

Choose of the following 3 sequences of courses
Sequence 1:
CHM 420Environmental Chemistry3
CHM 400Biogeochemistry3
or CHM 460 Water Chemistry
Choose a thrid chemistry course from the In-Depth Chemistry Course List below
Sequence 2:
CHM 420Environmental Chemistry3
CHM 400Biogeochemistry3
or CHM 460 Water Chemistry
CHM 493
CHM 494
Senior Research I
and Senior Research II
6,12
Sequence 3:
CHM 420Environmental Chemistry3
CHM 400Biogeochemistry3
or CHM 460 Water Chemistry
One (1) Matth/Natural Science from the List Below
In Depth Chemistry Courses
CHM 410Biophysical Chemistry3
CHM 430Mechanisms in Organic Chem3
CHM 435Tech Applications of Chemistry3
CHM 440Organometallic Chemistry3
CHM 480Adv Biochem: Inorganic Chem3
CHM 490Spectroscopy3
Math/Natural Science Electives
BIO 101Bio I: Cells4
MAT 213Calculus III4
MAT 225Fundamental Ideas of Math3
MAT 213Calculus III4
MAT 232Chaos, Fractals & Dynamic Syst3
MAT 233History of Mathematics3
MAT 334Combinatorics & Graph Theory3
MAT 334Combinatorics & Graph Theory3
MAT 336Logic & Foundations3
PHY 251Modern Physics I4
PHY 253Survey of Nanotechnology3
PHY 255Linear Systems in Physics3