Chemistry Department Majors

Chemistry Major

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Chemistry Major

33 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

CHE-141

General Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-142

General Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-252

Analytical Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-301

Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

4

CHE-302

Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-401

Chemical Dynamics and Laboratory

3

CHE-420 or
CHE-352

Inorganic Chemistry and Laboratory or
Analytical Chemistry II and Laboratory

4

CHE-395/495 or
CHE-494

Chemistry Research or
Independent Study

1

PHY-313

Thermal Physics

3

PHY-400

Quantum Physics

2

Student Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing a major/minor in chemistry, a student will be able to:

  • Understand the major historical developments in chemistry and physics
  • Make calculations based on fundamental chemical laws
  • Know fundamental descriptive inorganic, analytical and organic chemistry
  • Apply principles of kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
  • Use modern instruments of spectroscopy, chromatography and electrochemistry
  • Plan and execute experiments through the use of the chemical literature
  • Keep legible and complete experimental records
  • Anticipate, recognize and respond properly to chemical hazards
  • Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results
  • Interpret experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions
  • Communicate effectively through oral and written reports

Note: Students preparing for graduate work in chemistry are strongly advised to complete courses in addition to those required for the major. Recommended courses include: CHE-412, CHE-420, CHE-352, MAT-125 and mathematics through MAT-352.