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General Education Requirements

The Department offers five courses that fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning component of the Analytical Reasoning Requirement. Those courses are: CHEM 105, 111, 221, 321 and 331.

Students who successfully complete these courses will have accomplished many of the General Education learning goals, in particular:

    • Generate, interpret, and evaluate quantitative information.
    • First-hand experience with both theoretical analysis and the collection of empirical data.

 

The Major

    • Core Courses
      • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
      • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
      • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
      • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
      • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
      • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
      • CHEM 480 Seminar
      • CHEM 484 Ford-Knight Research or
        CHEM 486 Student Research
      • CHEM 488 Senior Capstone Experience
    • Two of the following courses (totaling at least 7 credits):
      • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
      • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
      • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
      • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
      • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
      • CHEM 453 Cell Membrane Biochemistry
      • CHEM 462 Organometallic Chemistry
      • CHEM 463 Materials Chemistry
      • CHEM 482 Special Topics

AND:

      • MATH 180 Calculus A
      • Either PHYS 125 and 235 Analytical Physics I and II (recommended);
        OR PHYS 120 and 230 General Physics I and II
      • Comprehensive Examinations
      • An independent research project is also required. This may be accomplished through an independent study in Chemistry, a summer research experience on or off campus, an approved Ford/Knight Research Project, or a semester off-campus program such as the Oak Ridge program. Careful early planning with your adviser should be done to determine the best option for the research experience.

 

The Minor

    • Core Courses
      • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
      • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
      • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
      • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
    • Two courses from the following electives for a total of 24 semester hours in Chemistry:
      • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
      • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
      • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
      • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
      • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
      • CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
      • CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
      • CHEM 453 Cell Membrane Biochemistry
      • CHEM 462 Organometallic Chemistry
      • CHEM 463 Materials Chemistry
      • CHEM 482 Special Topics

 

Recommended Course Sequence for Chemistry Majors

First Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • MATH 180 Calculus A

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • MATH 280 Calculus B (optional, but recommended)

Summer

  • Research or internship

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • PHYS 120 General Physics I or PHYS 125 Analytical Physics I

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • PHYS 230 General Physics II or PHYS 235 Analytical Physics II

Summer

  • Research or internship

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • CHEM 341 Thermodynamics and Kinetics

Spring Semester

  • CHEM 361 Inorganic Chemistry
  • GRE for graduate school

Summer

  • Research or internship

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

  • Elective Course(s)
    • CHEM 351 Biochemistry
    • *CHEM 431 Advanced Analytical Chemistry

Spring Semester

  • Elective Course(s)
    • CHEM 421 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    • *CHEM 441 Quantum Chemistry
  • CHEM 480 Senior Seminar
  • CHEM 488 Senior Capstone

Notes

  • The best time to schedule an off-campus experience is in the spring/fall of the 3rd year or the fall of the 4th year
  • Some additional courses are required for the ACS Certified Degree
  • *CHEM 431 and CHEM 441 are offered in alternate years.

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