Professors: Patricia Flatt, Pete Poston

Assistant Professors: Mary Layne Harrell, Feier Hou

Instructors: Ray Dandeneau, Stacy Henle, Marzio Leban, Graham Rankin


Provides preparation for professional work in chemistry or forensic science; graduate work in chemistry, environmental or forensic science; or pre-professional training in the health sciences or secondary education. Coupling the program with an appropriate minor prepares students to enter related fields such as biochemistry, oceanography, pharmacy, toxicology and the atmospheric sciences. Through the study of general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, students gain an understanding of the world around them.

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of major concepts, theoretical principles and experimental findings in chemistry.

2. Employ critical thinking and quantitative analytical skills to solve problems and evaluate scientific data.

3. Use and application of laboratory methods and scientific instrumentation to investigate a scientific hypothesis, conduct experiments, analyze data and interpret results.

4. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills including the ability to transmit complex scientific or technical information in a clear and concise manner.

5. Gather, comprehend, apply and communicate credible information on scientific and technical topics and recognize the proper use of scientific data, principles and theories to assess the quality of stated conclusions.

6. Demonstrate ethical awareness and conduct with regards to: (1) honesty in data reporting; (2) the

safety of practitioners, test subjects and the local community/environment; and (3) their social responsibility to recognize the impact that our actions have on the natural and human world.

Chemistry Major (88 – 124 credits):

All students completing this degree program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Chemistry. Students pursuing this degree are required to maintain a C average in their major coursework. Chemistry majors must complete the chemistry core courses and one chemistry concentration as listed below:

Chemistry Core Courses (57 Credits):

CH 221 General Chemistry Credits: 5

CH 222 General Chemistry Credits: 5

CH 223 General Chemistry Credits: 5

CH 312 Quantitative Analysis Credits: 4

CH 313 Instrumental Analysis Credits: 4

CH 334 Organic Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 335 Organic Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 336 Organic Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 337 Organic Chemistry Lab I Credits: 1

CH 338 Organic Chemistry Lab II Credits: 2

CH 350 Chemical Literature Credits: 1

CH 365 Materials Chemistry: 3

CH 407 Seminar Credits: 1

CH 450 Biochemistry Credits: 3

CH 461 Experimental Chemistry Credits: 3

CH 462 Experimental Chemistry Credits: 3

MTH 251 Calculus I Credits: 4

MTH 252 Calculus II Credits: 4

Chemistry Concentrations:

(Choose one chemistry concentration below)