Chemistry, Bachelor of Science

REQUIRED MAJOR HOURS 50-63
REQUIRED MINOR HOURS NONE
TOTAL PROGRAM HOURS 50-63
PRESCRIBED GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES: BIOL 104 OR BIOL 111, CHEM 111, and MATH 151
The number of hours in the traditional Chemistry major is 50. For students pursuing the pre-professional concentration, the number of hours is 63.

Mission Statement

We strive to provide chemistry majors with comprehensive and rigorous instruction in the foundational areas of the chemical sciences. We are dedicated to providing a learning environment where our students receive outstanding instruction and mentoring in chemistry within the context of a Christian liberal arts college. Our department is devoted to preparing chemistry majors for their career objectives following graduation in chemical industry, graduate or professional schools, teaching, or other related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the scientific method to chemical problems

1.1 Develop testable hypotheses to explain basic chemical and physical processes;

1.2 Design experiments to evaluate testable hypotheses; and

1.3 Evaluate use of scientific method in chemical literature.

2. Use knowledge of chemical reactivity to synthesize and characterize organic and inorganic compounds

2.1 Synthesize and characterize an organic compound; and

2.2 Synthesize and characterize an inorganic compound.

3. Recognize physical laws and properties as they relate to chemical systems

3.1 Apply principles of thermodynamics to critically analyze chemical equilibria, electrochemistry, phase transitions;

3.2 State concise physical interpretations for the application of the mathematical solutions to chemical systems; and

3.3 Interpret and discuss physical phenomena based on the principles of quantum mechanics.

4. Analyze substances using contemporary laboratory instrumentation and classical chemical techniques

4.1 Utilize titrations for quantitative analysis of unknowns;

4.2 Use spectrometric techniques for qualitative and quantitative analysis of compounds and ions; and

4.3 Characterize organic or inorganic compounds using spectroscopy.

5. Make quantitative measurements based on chemical processes

5.1 Calculate molar quantities based on chemical reactions; and

5.2 Calculate limiting reagent and theoretical yield for chemical reactions.

6. Review and synthesize concepts from the chemical literature

6.1 Identify primary sources in the chemical literature;

6.2 Summarize findings reported in primary sources in the chemical literature through written assignments;

6.3 Communicate concepts from the chemical literature through oral presentations; and

6.4 Critique the application of the scientific method and experimental methods found in chemical journal articles.

Program Requirements

Required Major Courses (28 Hours)

CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I

4

CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II

4

CHEM 301Analytical Chemistry

4

CHEM 302Instrumental Analysis

4

CHEM 351Inorganic Chemistry

4

CHEM 401Physical Chemistry I

4

CHEM 402Physical Chemistry II

4

Chemistry Seminar (2 hours)

CHEM 391Chemistry Seminar

1

CHEM 491Chemistry Seminar

1

Elective Course (Choose one of the following, 4 hours)

CHEM 310Environmental Chemistry

4

CHEM 380Forensic Chemistry

4

CHEM 405Topics in Advanced Chemistry

1-4

CHEM 420Aquatic Chemistry

4

CHEM 422/BIOL 422Biochemistry

4

Other Required Courses (16 hours)

CHEM 112 will be considered as satisfactorily completed if students earn a grade of C or better.  MATH 152, PHYS 203, and PHYS 204 will be considered as satisfactorily completed if students earn a passing (i.e., D- or better) grade.

CHEM 112General Chemistry II

4

MATH 152Calculus II

4

PHYS 203General Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

4

PHYS 204General Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

4

Total Credit Hours: 50

Pre-Medical/Pre-Pharmacy/Pre-Dental Professional Concentration (13 additional hours)

Students pursuing this Concentration must meet all requirements of the Chemistry major plus the courses listed below.

CHEM 422 Biochemistry must be chosen as the Chemistry major elective course in order to meet requirements of this Concentration.

PSYC 201 must be taken in the General Education requirements.

Required Courses (9 hours)

Students pursuing this Concentration must earn a grade of "C" or better in all the BIOL courses listed below in order to meet requirements.
BIOL 203Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

BIOL 204Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4

BIOL 222Medical Terminology

1

Elective course (4 hours)

Students pursuing this Concentration must earn a grade of "C" or better in the BIOL course elective in order to meet requirements
BIOL 206General Microbiology

4

BIOL 301Genetics

4

BIOL 352Cell Biology

4

BIOL 411Immunology

4

NOTE: The general pre-professional concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, pharmacy, and dentistry within the context of a chemistry major. Specific professional programs may require additional courses.

Additional Requirements for Transfer Majors

None.