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Chemistry ACS Certified Chemistry Track, Major

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General Education Requirements (48 Hours)

Area I - Written Composition (2 Courses, 6 Hours)

  1. 3 hours:  EH 101

  2. 3 hours:  EH 102

Area II - Humanities & Fine Arts (4 Courses, 12 Hours. arts and Sciences majors take 5 courses, 15 hours)

  1. 3 hours:  CA 110

  2. 3 hours from:  EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236

  3. 3 hours from:  ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARS 101, DRA 110, MUL 101

  4. 3 hours from:  AFR 101, ARH 100, ARH 103, ARH 123, ARH 203, ARS 101, CLA 110, DRA 110, EH 215, EH 216, EH 225, EH 226, EH 235, EH 236, LG 101, LG 102, LG 111, LG 112, LG 121, LG 122, LG 131, LG 132, LG 141, LG 142, LG 151, LG 152, LG 153, LG 171, LG 172, LG 173, LG 201, LG 202, LG 211, LG 212, LG 213, LG 221, LG 222, LG 231, LG 232, LG 234, LG 241, LG 242, LG 251, LG 252, LG 271, LG 272, LG 273, LGS 101, LGS 102, LGS 106, LGS 107, LGS 110, LGS 111, LGS 131, LGS 141, LGS 142, LGS 161, LGS 162, LGS 171, LGS 172, LGS 181, LGS 182, LGS 201, LGS 202, LGS 206, LGS 207, LGS 210, LGS 211, LGS 241, LGS 242, LGS 261, LGS 262, LGS 281, LGS 282, MUL 101, PHL 110, PHL 120, PHL 121, PHL 131, PHL 231, PHL 240, REL 100, REL 200, REL 201

Area III – Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3 Courses & Labs, 11-14 Hours)

  1. 3-4 hours from:  MA 110, MA 112, MA 113, MA 115, MA 120, MA 125, MA 126, MA 227, MA 237, MA 238

  2. 8-10 hours from:  AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY 112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L

Area IV – History, Social & Behavioral Sciences (4 Courses, 12 Hours)

  1. 3 hours from:  HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136

  2. 9 hours from:  AN 100, AN 101, CA 100, CA 211, CJ 105, ECO 215, ECO 216, GEO 114, GEO 115, GS 101, HY 101, HY 102, HY 135, HY 136, IS 100, IST 201, NAS 101, PSC 130, PSY 120, PSY 250, SY 109, SY 112

Area V (0-23 Hours)

  1. Foreign Language. 6 hours from any one group:

    LG 101 & LG 102, LGS 106 & LGS 107, LGS 110 & LGS 111, LG 111 & LG 112 or proficiency test or LG 113, LG 121 & LG 122, LG 131 & LG 132 or proficiency test or LG 134, LGS 131 & LGS 132, LG 141 & LG 142, LGS 141 & LGS 142, LG 151 & LG 152 or proficiency test or LG 153, LGS 161 & LGS 162, LG 171 & LG 172 or LG 173, LGS 171 & LGS 172, LGS 181 & LGS 182 

  2.  Natural Sciences/Math. 3-4 hour lab science or math/stat course from:

    AN 121 & AN 121L, BLY 101 & BLY 101L or BLY 121 & BLY 121L, BLY 102 & BLY 102L or BLY 122 & BLY 122L, CH 101 & CH 101L, CH 103 & CH 103L, CH 131 & CH 131L, CH 132 & CH 132L, GEO 101 & GEO 101L, GEO 102 & GEO 102L, GY 111 & GY 111L, GY 112 & GY112L, MAS 134 & MAS 134L, PH 101 & PH 101L, PH 104 & PH 104L, PH 114 & PH 114L, PH 115 & PH 115L, PH 201 & PH 201L, PH 202 & PH 202L,  ST 210, MA 113- 299 (except 201 and 202).

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Students must complete a 6 credit hour sequence either in literature (Area II – EH 215 & EH 216, EH 225 & EH 226, or EH 235 & EH 236) or history (Area IV – HY 101 & HY 102 or HY 135 & HY 136)

All undergraduates must complete two designated writing credit (W) courses, at least one of which must be in the student's major or minor. 

Major Requirements (48 Hours)

  1. 48 hours: CH 131, CH 131L, CH 150, CH 132, CH 132L, CH 201 & CH 201L, CH 202 & CH 202L, CH 265 & CH 265L, CH 301 & CH 301L, CH 302 & CH 302L, CH 401 & CH 401L, CH 440, CH 465 & CH 465L, CH 492

  2. 4 hours from: CH 394 and/or CH 494 

Minor Requirements (18-24 Hours)

A minor is required for this degree program


Additional Information

Mathematics:  MA 125 and 126

Physics:  Students are to select one of the following options.  Option 1:  PH 201 and PH 202Option 2:  PH 114, PH 115, and MA 227Option 3:  PH 114, PH 115, and PH 201Option 4:  PH 114, PH 115, and PH 202.  Options 3 and 4 require the approval of the Chair of the Department of Physics.

  

Chemistry (BS) :  Chemistry ASC Certified Track (123 Total Hours)

First Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CAS 100 First Year Experience-College Success
EH 101  English Composition I 3
MA 125 Calculus I 4
CH 131  *General Chemistry I   3
CH 131L  *General Chemistry I Lab 1
Fine Arts **Area II, C 3
     
      Total Hours  16

First Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
EH 102 English Composition II 3
MA 126  Calculus II 3
CH 132  *General Chemistry II 3
CH 132L  *General Chemistry II Lab 1
CH 150 Introduction to Computer Chemistry 2
History **Area IV, B 3
     
      Total Hours 16 

Second Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
PH 201 Calculus-Based Physics I
PH 201 L Calculus-Based Physics I Lab 1
CH 201 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 201L Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
CH 265  Introductory Analysis 3
CH 265L Introductory Analysis Lab 1
Foreign Language **Area V, A 3
     
      Total Hours  15

Second Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 202  Organic Chemistry II 3
CH 202L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
PH 202 Calculus-Based Physics II  3
PH 202L Calculus-Based Physics II Lab 1
Foreign Language **Area V, A 3
Literature **Area II, D 3
  Minor course 3
     
      Total Hours 17 

Third Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 301 Physical Chemistry I 3
CH 301L  Physical Chemistry I Lab 1
CH 394/CH 494 Directed Studies 2
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
History, Social, or Behavioral Science  **Area IV, B 3
  Minor course 3
     
      Total Hours  15

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 302  Physical Chemistry II 3
CH 302L Physical Chemistry II Lab 1
CH 394/CH 494  Directed Studies 2
Humanities  **Area II, E 3
History, Social, or Behavioral Science **Area IV, B 3
  Minor course 3
     
      Total Hours 15 

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 465/CH 465L Instrumental Analysis and Lab 5
CH 440 Biochemistry I 3
Humanities **Area II, E 3
  Minor course 3
     
     
     
      Total Hours 14 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 492 Seminar I 1
CH 401/CH 401L Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 5
History, Social, or Behavioral Science  **Area IV, B 3
  Minor course 6
     
      Total Hours 15 
Notes
* While the General Chemistry I and II Lecture and Lab are not strict co-requisites, completion of both is required to enroll in any course for which they are a pre-requisite.  It is very strongly suggested that CH 131 and CH131L be taken the same semester, and CH 132 and CH 132L be taken the following semester. 
** See Degree Requirements 

Department of Chemistry website
https://www.southalabama.edu/colleges/artsandsci/chemistry/

Undergraduate Studies

The chemistry curriculum is designed for students seeking a liberal education as well as for those students requiring more specialized training and skills. The courses provide the foundation necessary for those planning careers as chemists and biochemists following graduation, for students planning to further their education through advanced degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, related sciences, and for those in other professional fields. Two basic curricula are offered for chemistry majors:

  1. The American Chemical Society 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 Option 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 also must have a minor in another discipline. All first-time freshmen must successfully 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.

Undergraduate Senior Thesis in Chemistry

The Chemistry Senior Thesis Program is designed to stimulate analytical and critical thinking and as such offers 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 into the program, a student must:

  1. Have Junior Chemistry Major status or above.
  2. Have completed CH 131, CH 132, CH 201, CH 202, plus one (1) more lower or upper division chemistry course.
  3. Have earned a 3.25 GPA or better in chemistry courses attempted.
  4. Have earned a 3.0 GPA or better overall.
  5. Obtain a recommendation from a faculty member who will serve as research mentor for senior thesis.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the standard chemistry program, senior thesis students must complete:

  1. A minimum of six (6) semester hours of Honors Research (CH 499). Upon successful completion of six (6) hours of CH 499 the requirement for four (4) hours of Directed Studies (CH 494) will be waived.
  2. A formal research Project Prospectus needs to be submitted and approved by the student's research mentor during the first term of participation in program. The prospectus will be prepared under the supervision of the student's research mentor and should include an introduction to the proposed research project, proposed research methods, and relevant literature citations.
  3. Complete a written research thesis.
  4. The formation of a thesis committee will be at the discretion of the faculty mentor.
  5. Present a formal oral defense of the research work to Chemistry Department faculty and students.
  6. Complete a poster presentation at national, regional, or local research forum.

Examples being an ACS National meeting, the USA Annual Research Forum (Spring term) or the UCUR Annual Research Forum (Fall term). Students participating in the Chemistry Senior Thesis Program who have a 3.5 GPA will also be eligible for Departmental Honors status. Chemistry majors who are part of the University Honors College will meet the requirements for the Undergraduate Chemistry Senior thesis as well as those of the University's program.

Graduate studies

Although the Department of Chemistry has no graduate degree programs, courses are offered at the graduate level for those students who need such work.