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 Chemistry Undergraduate Studies

  

Our curriculum is designed for students seeking a liberal education, as well as for those requiring more specialized training and skills.

These courses provide the necessary foundation for students planning careers as chemists and biochemists, for those interested in

furthering their education through advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, and related sciences, as  well as for those in other  

professional fields.

Two basic curricula are offered for chemistry majors: 

  1. The American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree program in Chemistry is available for those students seeking technical  positions in chemistry, as well as for those planning to attend graduate school, or  
  2. A Biochemistry track is available for students strongly interested in the interface of chemistry and biomedical or biological sciences, especially for students anticipating going to graduate school in medical sciences, biochemistry, biophysics, or other life sciences.

 

Students pursuing a degree in Chemistry must also have a minor in another discipline.

All first-time freshmen must sucessfully complete CAS 100: First Year Experience as a degree requirement. Students must enroll during their first term at USA, except for summer-entry students who must enroll in the fall semester following entry. CH 150 will fulfill the technology proficiency requirement.

 

Directed Studies Form

(CH 394/494/499)

 

 

 

 Requirements for a major in Chemistry (ACS certified)

A minimum of 40 semester hours in Chemistry beyond the CH 132 and CH 132L course level as listed below:

                                                                                             CH 131, 131L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 132, 132L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 150                              2 hours

                                                                                             CH 265, 265L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 201, 201L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 202, 202L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 301, 301L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 302, 302L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                             CH 401, 401L                    3, 2 hours

                                                                                             CH 440                              3 hours

                                                                                             CH 465, 465L                    3, 2 hours

                                                                                             CH 492                              1 hour

                                                                                             CH 394/494                       4 hours

Mathematics: Two semesters of Calculus (MA 125, MA 126) are required.

Physics: Two semesters of calculus-based Physics (PH 201, PH 202). Students can alternatively satisfy this requirement with PH 114, PH 115, and MA 227 or PH 114, PH, 115 and either PH 201 or PH 202 with the prior approval of the physics department chair.

 Requirements for a major in Chemistry (Biochemistry track)

A minimum of 39 semester hours in Chemistry beyond the CH 132 and CH 132L course level, as listed below:

                                                                                               CH 131, 131L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                               CH 132, 132L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                               CH 150                              2 hours

                                                                                               CH 265, 265L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                               CH 201, 201L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                               CH 202, 202L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                               CH 300, 300L                    3, 1 hours

                                                                                               Or CH 301, 301L               3, 1 hours

                                                                                               Or CH 302, 302L               3, 1 hours

                                                                                               CH 440                              3 hours

                                                                                               CH 441, 443                      3, 2 hours

                                                                                               CH 465, 465L                    3, 2 hours  

                                                                                               CH 492                              1 hour

                                                                                               CH 394/494                       4 hours

Electives: In addition to these courses above, a student must choose (1) one other 300/400 level chemistry, physical science, or life science course (no less than 3 hours) with prior approval of their advisor and department chair to satisfy the degree program requirements.

Mathematics: Two semesters of Calculus (MA 125, MA 126) are required.                          

Physics: Two semesters of calculus-based Physics (PH 201, PH 202). Students can alternatively satisfy this requirement with PH 114, PH 115, and MA 227 or PH 114, PH, 115 and either PH 201 or PH 202 with the prior approval of the physics department chair.

 

Students in the Biochemistry track who desire ACS certification of their degree must take CH 401 and 401L as their elective course.

 

Chemistry Senior Thesis Program

This program is designed to stimulate analytical and critical thinking, offering motivated and focused undergraduate students the opportunity to develop research and  communication skills in preparation for a graduate or professional career. To apply for admission to the program, a student must meet specified criteria. Please see your Academic Bulletin for details.           

 

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