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Chemistry Biochemistry 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, LG251, 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 - (3 Courses, 9-10 Hours)

  1. Foreign Language. 6 hours from any group: 

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

    Students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by passing a proficiency test offered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages at the level equivalent to the second semester of the foreign language sequence, or by passing another test (e.g., AP (Advanced Placement) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program) at the equivalent level). Students who pass a proficiency test at the level equivalent to first semester of the foreign language sequence are required to complete only the second semester and will fulfill the foreign language requirement with 3 credit hours of course work. 

  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

Major Requirements (47 Hours)

  1. 47 hours: CH 131, CH 131L, CH 150, CH 132, CH 132L, CH 201 & CH 201L, CH 202 & CH 202L, CH 265 & CH 265L, CH 300 & CH 300L OR CH 301 & CH 301L OR CH 302 & CH 302L, CH 440, CH 441, CH 443, CH 465 & CH 465L, CH 492 

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

Minor Requirements (0 Hours)

A minor is required for this degree program


Notes:

Electives:  In addition to those courses listed above, a student must choose one (1) other 300/400 level Chemistry, Physical Science, or Life Science course (no less than 3 hrs) with the prior approval of their advisor and department chair to satisfy the degree program requirements.

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


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 201.  Option 4:  PH 114, PH 115, and PH 202Options 3 and 4 require the approval of the Chair of the Department of Physics.

  

Chemistry (BS) :  Biochemistry Track (122 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 4
CH 132  *General Chemistry II 3
CH 132L *General Chemistry II Lab 1
CH 150 Intro 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 
PH 201L Calculus-Based Physics 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 300/CH 300L or CH 301/CH 301L ****Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences or Physical Chemistry I and Lab
CH 440  Biochemistry I 3
CA 110 Public Speaking 3
History, Social, or Behavioral Science **Area IV, B 3
  Minor course 3
     
     
      Total Hours  16

Third Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 441 Biochemistry II 3
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  14

Fourth Year - Fall Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 465 Instrumental Analysis 3
CH 465L Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
CH 394/CH 494 Directed Studies 2
Humanities **Area II, E 3
  Minor course 3
     
      Total Hours 13 

Fourth Year - Spring Semester

Course ID Course Description Hours
CH 492 Seminar I 1
CH 443 Laboratory Studies in Biochemistry 2
Elective ***Chemistry or Science elective 3
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
*** Biochemistry students seeking ACS Certification must take CH 401/401L as their elective.
**** Biochemistry students must take one Physical Chemistry Lecture/Lab pair.  CH 301/301L is offered in the Fall; CH 302/302L is offered in the Spring; CH 300/300L is not routinely offered. 

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.