Department of Chemistry

Franklin College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Person: Undergraduate Coordinator

Description of the Program

This program is designed for the student who intends to become a professional chemist. The curriculum for this degree consists of a selection of rigorous chemistry courses as well as supporting courses in related areas of physical science and mathematics. This curriculum meets the standards set for certification by the American Chemical Society.

Career Opportunities

All students who satisfactorily complete this curriculum are certified by the Department of Chemistry to the American Chemical Society as having completed the undergraduate training recommended by the A.C.S. The curriculum for this degree offers training in the field of chemistry and its allied sciences for students who desire to enter commercial or government laboratories or the teaching profession, to become associated with chemical industries in a technical position, or to pursue graduate work in chemistry in order to enter some field of research or college teaching.

Expectations of Transfer Students

To transfer into chemistry without delay, students must already have credit in two semesters of freshman chemistry, two semesters of organic chemistry, one semester of quantitative analysis, two semesters of calculus, and two semesters of calculus-based physics. No transfer students will be accepted as candidates for this degree later than the beginning of their junior year. Students wishing to obtain this degree should enter the University no later than the beginning of their sophomore year. For further information, contact the head of the Department of Chemistry.

Special Requirements

An average GPA of 2.5 or higher is required in chemistry and in other academic subjects in both lower and upper division programs.

Semester Core Curriculum and Hours Required

Areas A-E: 42 hours See Core Curriculum Required courses in Area A: ENGL 1101, 1102, and MATH 1113 Preferred courses in Area D: CHEM 1211, 1211L; MATH 2200, 2200L; and choose one course from BIOL 1107-1107L or 1108-1108L (take under general electives if not taken in Area D) Area F: 18 hours CHEM 1212, 1212L; MATH 2210, 2210L; PHYS 1211-1211L, 1212-1212L Choose one course from CHEM 2211, 2211L; 2212, 2212L; 2300, 2300L Major Requirements: 28 hours CHEM 3211, 3212, 3300, 3400, 3511L, 3512L, 3600 or 4600, 4500 Choose one course from CHEM 4100, 4200, 4300, 4400 Major Electives: 8 hours Choose two courses from CHEM 2211, 2211L; 2212, 2212L; 2300, 2300L General Electives: 24 hours (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting general electives.) Upper division (11 hours) Any level (13 hours) Total hours required: 120