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Professional Chemist

Chemistry students typically have some interest in science and math, and many have a profound interest in discovery and understanding the nature of our environment. If you are creative, curious, motivated and like to solve problems – a chemistry major may be for you. Chemistry is currently in an exciting stage of coordinating with many other disciplines to address and find solutions to the critical problems that face our society. Chemists are involved every day in research dealing with agriculture, biology, electronics, energy-fuels, engineering, medicine, materials science, and many other areas. Students need to develop or possess analytical skills, observational skills, critical thinking skills, and curiosity.

Program Outcomes

Professional Chemist graduates will be prepared for career opportunities in business, industry, and government, not just in the U.S. but around the globe. Graduates have the pre-professional training required for entrance into schools of medicine, osteopathy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, nursing, physical therapy, engineering, pharmacy, and allied public health fields.

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Program: CHEMISTRY
Major/Minor: Professional Chemist
Degree: Bachelor of Sciences (B.S.)
Dept: Chemistry, Computer and Physical Sciences
School: Arts and Sciences
Major Code: 010

General Education (44 hours)

Specified General Education Requirements
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry I
MATH 2215 Calculus I or MATH 2143 Brief Calculus with Applications

Communications (9 hours)
1. English (ENG 1113 and ENG 1213)
2. Speech Communication (COMM 1233 or 2213)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
1. Political Science (POSC 1513)
2. American History (HIST 1513 or 1523)
3. Social Science (ECON 2113, GEOG 2723, HIST 3513, or SOC 1113)
4. Mental and Physical Health (KIN 1113 or PSY 1113)

Science and Mathematics (14 hours)
1. Biological Sciences (BIOL 1114 or 1404)
2. Physical Sciences (CHEM 1315)
3. Mathematics (MATH 2143 or 2215)
4. Computer Proficiency Requirement (BIM 1513 or CIS 1003)

Humanities (9 hours)
1. Humanities, Philosophy, and Lit (ENG 2313, 3893; HUM 2113, 2223, 2313; or PHIL 2113, 2223)
2. Fine Arts (ART 1003, 1103, 2103, 3013, 3083; MUS 1113, 1123, 3133; THTR 1143, 1183, 2183, or 3183)
3. Foreign Language (CHTW 1513; FREN 1113; GERM 1113; SPAN 1113, 1223; ASL 1113; NS 1213)

Major Requirements (60 hours)
Core Courses (15 semester hours)
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry II
CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3062 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 3425 Chemical Analysis

Professional Chemist (45 semester hours)
Chemistry Component
CHEM 2113 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHEM 3153 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 3162 Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
CHEM 3525 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 4333 Inorganic Chemistry II
CHEM 4115 Biochemistry I
CHEM 4553 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 4662 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 4990 Research (2 hours)
CHEM 4951 Senior Seminar

Other Requirements
PHYS 1114 General Physics I
MATH 2315 Calculus II

Elective Courses (minimum of 7 hours, 4 hours must be upper division)
CHEM 4055 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 4124 Molecular Genetics
CHEM 4193 Biochemistry II
CHEM 4213 Advanced Analytical
CHEM 4562 Advanced Laboratory
CHEM 4653 Physical Chemistry II
PHYS 1214 General Physics II
CHEM 3612 Radioactivity and Nuclear Measurement
MATH 3113 Multivariate Calculus
MATH 3213 Differential Equations
MATH 4133 Linear Algebra
or approved Chemistry electives