9.9. Chemistry

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

The Chemistry program provides a substantial and integrated foundation in chemistry and related disciplines. The lecture courses and their laboratory counterparts work cooperatively to ensure attainment of an increasing broad and deep understanding of the fundamentals of modern chemistry. Students will also progressively enhance their abilities to think critically and creatively and to express themselves both orally and in writing. The chemistry program encourages and supports participation in independent research and internships as means of more fully understanding both the discipline and its intersection with other educational, business, and governmental institutions.

The chemistry major supplies an appropriate background for employment in research institutions, non-government and government institutions and industry. The curriculum also prepares students for graduate school in chemistry or several closely-related disciplines, and for professional schools of law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc.

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.

Please note that 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. These requirements and the means by which to satisfy them are described in Sec. 6.4.1. and Sec. 6.4.2.

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:
    • 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.