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4-Year Plans

Use the following sample four-year degree plans, in consultation with your Chemistry academic advisor, to determine the classes to take for registration. For detailed information in the course catalogs, please go to the current bulletin which can be found here.

These plans are based on the 2017-2018 CATALOG.


CHEM 1000/1001 - Chemistry for General Education (and lab): Study of the essentials of general, organic, and biological chemistry. A one semester course designed for nursing students (ADN only). Will not serve as prerequisite for any other chemistry course.

CHEM 1010/1011 - Chemistry: Society and the Environment (and lab): The nature of matter and energy, the developments of chemical technology, and the interaction of this technology with humans and their environment. Topics include atomic structure, energy in matter, chemical bonding and molecular structure, solutions, acid-base reactions and redox reactions.  (Suggested for non-science majors.)

CHEM 1020/1021 - Chemistry: Society and the Environment (and lab): Basic organic chemistry, synthetic polymers, biochemistry, air and water pollution, consumer chemistry and energy sources. (Suggested for non-science majors.)

CHEM 1040/1041 - Industrial Chemistry (and lab): Chemical concepts of industry, basic chemical engineering and chemical processing, basic organic chemistry, synthetic polymers, diffusion, fluid flow, heat transfer, air and water pollution, and energy routes.

CHEM 1110/1111 - General Chemistry (and lab): Fundamental laws and theories; elements, compounds, and mixtures; atomic structure; kinetic theory and gas laws; chemical calculations, and chemistry of solutions.

CHEM 1120/1121 - General Chemistry (and lab): Acids, bases and salts; kinetics, electrochemistry, thermodynamics; descriptive chemistry, organic chemistry; nuclear chemistry.

CHEM 1234 - Honors Chemistry: Honors experience for the chemistry major to augment their general chemistry classes.

CHEM 1710/1711 - Introduction to Chemistry and Physics (and lab): Introductory integrated lab/lecture course in chemistry and physics. Included are hands-on and computer based activities in the scientific method, astronomy, motion, energy, kinetic theory, waves and sound, atomic structure, electricity and magnetism, elements and periodic properties, chemical bonding, electrochemistry, environmental issues, and linkage to NASA via the Internet. (May not be combined with CHEM 1010 or PHYS 1010 to fulfill Natural Science core requirements.)

CHEM 1840 - Chemical Mathematics: Review of the mathematical problems of general chemistry.

CHEM 2000 - Chemistry Sophomore Seminar: Chemistry career exploration to include job searching, resume writing, research practices, conduct of professional chemists, career counseling, interviewing, and investigation of research experiences for undergraduate (REU).

CHEM 2941 - Introduction to Research – Laboratory: Experiment design including methods, proper lab conduct, record-keeping, ethics, chemical safety and waste disposal, techniques, and information resources in a specialized area.  Progress or completion of a laboratory research project under the guidance of chemistry faculty and presentation of work is expected.  Not co-requisite for CHEM 2940.  May be repeated one semester.

CHEM 3000 - Chemistry Majors in the Classroom: Service-learning course that places upper division majors, working in cooperation with an assigned faculty member as a student assistant for lower division chemistry classes or to meet community chemistry education needs.  Development of classroom activities, tutoring skills and teaching assistant responsibilities.  Does not count towards the Chemistry minor.

CHEM 3040 - Scientific Perspectives on Women’s Wellness: This discussion-based course lies at the interface of science and gender studies.  Topics include hormone biochemistry and biophysics, reproductive biology and diseases, nutrition, mental illness, birth control, and reproductive toxicology.  Suitable for students interested in science, pre-professional health, and/or women’s and gender studies.  Does not count towards the minor in chemistry.

CHEM 3210/3211 - Quantitative Analysis (and lab): Theory and application of gravimetric methods; acid-base, precipitation, and compleximetric volumetric titration; analytical separations, spectrophotometric, and electroanalytical techniques; statistical and computer tools.

CHEM 3220/3221 - Instrumental Analysis (and lab): Theory and application of instrumental techniques; spectroscopy, electrochemistry, and chromatography.  Instrumentation electronics, signals, and noise.  Scientific computing hardware, software, and programming.

CHEM 3440/3441 - Inorganic Chemistry (and lab): Atomic structure and periodicity; crystal structure; descriptive chemistry of the elements; acid-base concepts; non-aqueous solvent systems; and environmental and medicinal awareness.

CHEM 3500/3501 - Brief Organic Chemistry (and lab): A brief survey of organic functional groups, reactions, mechanisms, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy.  Suitable for various agriculture and allied health curricula. Not recommended for Chemistry majors.

CHEM 3510/3511 - Organic Chemistry (and lab): Functional groups (alkane, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatic compounds), structure determination, stereochemistry, and spectroscopy.

CHEM 3520/3521 - Organic Chemistry (and lab): Alcohols, phenols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, dicarbonyl compounds, amines, lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, and polymers.

CHEM 3610/3611 - Physical Chemistry (and lab): Kinetic theory and gases; first, second, and third laws of thermodynamics; spontaneity and equilibrium; colligative properties of solutions; phase diagrams and kinetics.

CHEM 3620/3621 - Physical Chemistry (and lab): Advanced thermodynamics, electrochemistry, advanced kinetics, atomic structure and the Schrodinger equation, molecular orbital theory and the theory of molecular spectroscopy.

CHEM 3700 - Forensic Science: Survey of scientific methods used in collection, preservation, and analysis of physical evidence. Included will be a study of common types of physical evidence obtained from crime scenes, their treatment at the modern crime laboratory, and the interpretation of scientific data.

CHEM 3840 - Chemical Literature: Major sources of chemical information and procedures for their efficient use.

CHEM 4000 - Chemistry Senior Seminar: Review of major areas of chemistry, visiting chemists’ presentations, student research presentations.  To be completed in spring or fall of the calendar year of the student’s graduation date.

CHEM 4240/4241 - Advanced Instrumental Methods (and lab): Theory and practice of analytical instrument design. Circuits, test equipment, semiconductors, digital electronics, data acquisition, and computer programming.  Design application examples in electrochemistry, spectroscopy or chromateography.

CHEM 4300/4301 - Brief Biochemistry (and lab): Designed for students in the allied health fields. Cellular processes including catalysis, metabolism, bioenergetics, and biochemical genetics.

CHEM 4310/4311 - Biochemistry (and lab): The structure/function relationship of biomolecules, enzyme catalysis, bioenergetics, and regulatory mechanisms.

CHEM 4320/4321 - Biochemistry (and lab): Continuation of 4310, examination of intermediary metabolism focusing on the processes of chemical transformation and regulation.

CHEM 4340 - Advanced Biochemistry: Biochemical literature, special topics in biochemistry, and the principle and techniques of experimental biochemistry.

CHEM 4350/4351 - Physical Biochemistry (and lab): Classical physical chemistry topics, focusing on applications relevant to the life sciences.

CHEM 4440/4441 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (and lab): Bonding and structure; coordination chemistry including stereo chemistry, magnetism, spectra, synthesis, and reaction mechanisms; metallic bonding; and bioinorganic applications.

CHEM 4460/4461 - Materials Chemistry (and lab): The chemistry of metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and nanomaterials, structure of solids; properties of materials; phase diagrams; application and processing of materials.

CHEM 4540 - Organic Spectroscopy: Theory, use, and interpretation of spectroscopic data from FT-IR, GC-MS 1-D and 2-D multi nuclear FTNMR, and UV-VIS.

CHEM 4550/4551 - Advanced Organic Chemistry (and lab): Advanced studies of bonding, stereo chemistry, acids and bases, mechanisms, and effects of structure on reactivity as related to organic reactions. Includes an in-depth study of organic reactions.

CHEM 4750 - Forensic Laboratory Methods: Introduction to analysis methods used in forensic science. Theory and practical application for preparation and analysis of forensic samples.

CHEM 4790 - Forensic Chemistry Internship: Internship experience providing practical exposure and experience in forensic analysis. Student will be assigned to a departmentally approved laboratory for a pre-determined time period, which will determine the amount of credit earned. The host laboratory may require background checks and drug screening of student interns.

CHEM 4840 - Selected Topics in Chemistry: Advanced topics in chemistry for majors and minors.  May be repeated for up to 12 hours.

CHEM 4941 - Elements of Research: Independent original research on individual projects; chemical literature review and presentation of results. May be repeated until project is completed; however, approval of department chair is required for more than eight hours.

CHEM 4990 - Research Thesis: Preparation of a thesis and oral presentation of original research.  Thesis must follow the guidelines of the ACS Style Guide and the Chemistry Department, and will be evaluated by a committee which will include the department chair or his/her degree.