Each course offered by the department provides an opportunity for a concentrated study of the various principles of contemporary chemical knowledge. From the introductory to the advanced courses, application is made of basic theories and methods of chemical investigation. Courses offered by the department utilize lectures, discussions, library work, on-line computer literature searching, computer-assisted instructional programs, videotapes, and laboratory investigations in order to emphasize the concepts that underlie the topics covered. Each course, as well as the major itself, is designed for the curious and interested student.
The chemistry major is approved by the American Chemical Society, as is an additional major in chemistry/biochemistry. Paths taken by majors after graduation are varied; many enter graduate work in chemistry or biochemistry. Graduates also enter medical and dental schools, industrial and government research laboratories, secondary school teaching, and numerous other fields.
The eight basic courses required for the Bachelor of Arts degree are Chemistry 105 or 107, 108, 203, 204, 221, 305, 306, and 317. Students who complete these eight basic courses along with Chemistry 375, Research (Chemistry 460 or 465), and one additional 300-level chemistry course may choose to receive a Bachelor of Science degree. An interdisciplinary major is offered in biochemistry and molecular biology; the complete description is listed under that title. Students who wish to receive a degree accredited by the American Chemical Society must complete the Bachelor of Science degree and in the process take either Chemistry 333 or 334. Physics 109 and 110 and Mathematics through 211 are required of all chemistry majors.
Additional courses in mathematics (212), biology, and physics may be recommended for those contemplating graduate study in certain areas. Junior and senior majors are expected to join with staff members in a seminar series that is designed to provide an opportunity for discussion of student initiated research and current developments in chemistry.
For the prospective secondary school teacher, the department cooperates in offering Education 304, Techniques of Teaching and Curriculum of Secondary Chemistry. Introductory biology is required for certification.
Individualized study and independent laboratory work are available in connection with some courses. During the junior or senior year, majors may elect Chemistry 460, a research course in which a student can utilize his or her knowledge and creativity intensively. Summer research, Chemistry 465, is encouraged strongly and is elected by many majors.
A minor in chemistry shall consist of Chemistry 105 (or 107) and 108, plus four other chemistry courses at or above the 200 level, one of which must be at the 300 level. Individualized study courses may not be counted toward the minor.
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