9.9. Chemistry

Programs offered:
B.S. in Chemistry
Minor in Chemistry (TU)

The Chemistry program covers four general areas of chemistry: inorganic, organic, physical and analytical. The first half of a student’s Chemistry curriculum involves courses which present the fundamentals of the various areas. The second half of the curriculum consists of advanced courses which cover specialized topics in chemistry. In addition to factual knowledge about chemistry, the student gains an understanding about the scientific method and a systematic approach to research. A large portion of the Chemistry curriculum includes laboratory courses. These courses teach the techniques and skills used in chemical experimentation.

A student who has completed the Bachelor of Science program in Chemistry has several career options. These options include technical or analytical work in a chemical laboratory and non-research positions in the chemical industry such as sales or marketing. Another option is to enter a graduate or professional school. Graduates interested in doing chemical research should pursue the Master of Science or Doctoral degrees. Those interested in professions such as medicine or dentistry would enter the appropriate professional school after receiving the Bachelor of Science degree. Lastly, the Chemistry major is an excellent preparation for careers as diversified as patent law and teaching.

Students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical sciences and allied health studies (that is, those wishing to eventually attend schools of nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical laboratory science, etc.), or those interested in medical school or other similar healthcare professional school (dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, etc.) should seek specialized advising. Likewise, students interested in pursuing careers in scientific illustration with a physical science emphasis should seek specialized advising from the Studio Art program coordinator.

All introductory-level science (biology, chemistry, physics) lecture courses have mathematics prerequisites, and some also have mathematics co-requisites. Several of these introductory-level science courses are required for the Chemistry major and minor. While the mathematics prerequisites can be satisfied in a variety of ways, the most efficient way for most students is to take the mathematics placement examination no later than the start of a student’s first semester at Oglethorpe. The mathematics placement exam will diagnose if a student has sufficient mathematical acuity to exempt any (or all) of the mathematics prerequisites and, if not, will also diagnose an action plan for preparing the student to satisfy prerequisites in the shortest possible time. Please consult Sec. 6.4.1. and Sec. 6.4.2. for additional information. Students who satisfy the relevant mathematics proficiency prerequisites their first semester at Oglethorpe are urged to register for science courses right away. Students needing additional math preparation must acquire the needed expertise in time to begin science courses in their sophomore year in order to graduate within four years. This urgency is particularly amplified given the fact that many science courses are not offered every year.

B.S. in Chemistry (see Sec. 8.5.4. for a complete list of B.S. graduation requirements)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses, each with a grade of “C-” or better:
    CHM 101 General Chemistry I (and laboratory, CHM 101L)
    CHM 102 General Chemistry II (and laboratory, CHM 102L)
    CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (and laboratory, CHM 201L)
    CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (and laboratory, CHM 202L)
  2. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CHM 301 Physical Chemistry I (and laboratory, CHM 301L)
    CHM 302 Physical Chemistry II (and laboratory, CHM 302L)
    CHM 310 Elementary Quantitative Analysis (and laboratory, CHM 310L)
    CHM 422 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis (and laboratory, CHM 422L)
    CHM 424 Advanced Organic Chemistry (and laboratory, CHM 424L)
    CHM 432 Inorganic Chemistry (and laboratory, CHM 432L)
    CHM 434 Organic Spectroscopy (and laboratory, CHM 434L)
  3. Additional requirements and things to note:
    1. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher is required for all courses contributing to the major.

Minor in Chemistry (TU)

  1. Completion of all of the following courses:
    CHM 101 General Chemistry I (and laboratory, CHM 101L)
    CHM 102 General Chemistry II (and laboratory, CHM 102L)
    CHM 201 Organic Chemistry I (and laboratory, CHM 201L)
    CHM 202 Organic Chemistry II (and laboratory, CHM 202L)
    CHM 310 Elementary Quantitative Analysis (and laboratory, CHM 310L)
  2. Completion of one additional lecture course (lab optional) drawn from among the Chemistry courses required for the major.