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Undergraduate Curriculum

To receive a B.S. or B.A. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Environmental Chemistry, students must complete the Undergraduate Curriculum, consisting of:

  1. University Core Curriculum (28 credits)
  2. Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (BSNES) Core Curriculum (13 credits)
  3. Track Specific Chemistry Core Curriculum (79-87 credits)

University Core Curriculum (28 credits)

  • English Composition (6 credits)
  • Theology (3 credits)
  • Ethics (3 credits)
  • Creative Arts (3 credits)
  • Faith and Reason (3 credits)
  • Global Diversity (3 credits)
  • Social Justice (3 credits)
  • Basic Philosophical Questions (3 credits)
  • Research in Information Skills (1 credit)
  • Mathematics (satisfied by BSNES curriculum)
  • Natural Science (satisfied by BSNES curriculum)

BSNES Core Curriculum (13 credits)

  • Science Writing (3 credits)
  • Science and Society theme area course (3 credits)
  • General Electives (6 credits)
  • Career Development Seminar (1 credit)
  • Service Learning Seminar (0 credits)
  • Math credits depending on major (satisfied by Chemistry Curricula)

Track Specific Chemistry Core Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence

B.S. Chemistry

Track-Specific Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (80 credits)

FallSpring
Freshman Year
Atomic and Molec Principles & Lab (CHEM 151/151L, 5cr.)
Bio I: Cells, Genetics, Developm & Lab (BIOL 111/111L, 4cr.)
Calculus I (MATH 115, 4cr.)
Quantitative Analysis & Lab (CHEM 152/152L, 5cr.)
Bio II: Diversity, Ecol, Evol & Lab (BIOL 112/112L, 4cr.)
Calculus II (MATH 116, 4cr.)
Sophomore Year
Structure, Mechanism & Reactns (CHEM 228, 4cr.)
Organic Structures & Prop Lab (CHEM 228L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics I & Lab (PHYS 211/211L, 4cr.)
Calculus III (MATH 215, 4cr.)
Reactions, Synth, Spectroscopy (CHEM 229, 4cr.)
Organic Synthesis Laboratory (CHEM 229L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics II & Lab (PHYS 212/212L, 4cr.)

Junior Year
Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 328, 3cr.)
Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 340, 3cr.)
Advanced Biochemistry I (CHEM 419, 3cr.)
Advanced Laboratory Skills & Recitation (CHEM 305L/305R, 1cr.)
Thermodynamics (CHEM 329, 3cr.)
Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 312, 3cr.)
Chemistry or Math Elective (3cr.)
Senior Year
Adv. Exp. Techniques & Applications (CHEM 426L/426R, 4cr.)
Chemistry Elective (3cr.)
Chemistry or Math Elective (3cr.)
Chemistry Elective (3cr.)

 

Four Electives from the following list:

At least two of these electives must be chemistry courses. Up to two electives may be math courses, which can be used to fulfill a math minor.

Chemistry:
  • Inorganic Chemistry II (CHEM 412)
  • Advanced Biochemistry II (CHEM 436)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 452)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 503)
  • Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 528)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 565)
  • Mass Spectrometry Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 566)
Math:
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 310)
  • Differential Equations (MATH 314)
  • Biostatistics II (MATH 335)

Additional Notes:

  • Students who wish to earn an ACS certified degree in Chemistry must take CHEM 528 Polymer Science, as well as at least one semester of CHEM 490W Undergraduate Research.
  • Various courses are offered each semester to satisfy UCOR requirements.  UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.
  • All prerequisites must be met with a C or better.
  • CHEM 490W Undergraduate Research is not required; however, it is highly recommended.
B.S. Biochemistry

Track-Specific Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (83 credits)

FallSpring
Freshman Year
Atomic and Molec Principles & Lab (CHEM 151/151L, 5cr.)
Bio I: Cells, Genetics, Developm & Lab (BIOL 111/111L, 4cr.)
Calculus I (MATH 115, 4cr.)
Quantitative Analysis & Lab (CHEM 152/152L, 5cr.)
Bio II: Diversity, Ecol, Evol & Lab (BIOL 112/112L, 4cr.)
Calculus II (MATH 116, 4cr.)
Sophomore Year
Structure, Mechanism & Reactns (CHEM 228, 4cr.)
Organic Structures & Prop Lab (CHEM 228L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics I & Lab (PHYS 211/211L, 4cr.)
Calculus III (MATH 215, 4cr.)
Reactions, Synth, Spectroscopy (CHEM 229, 4cr.)
Organic Synthesis Laboratory (CHEM 229L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics II & Lab (PHYS 212/212L, 4cr.)
Introduction to Biostatistics (MATH 225, 3cr.)
Junior Year
Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 328, 3cr.)
Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 340, 3cr.)
Advanced Biochemistry I (CHEM 419, 3cr.)
Advanced Laboratory Skills & Recitation (CHEM 305L/305R, 1cr.)
Thermodynamics (CHEM 329, 3cr.)
Advanced Biochemistry II (CHEM 436, 3cr.)
Biochem/Chem/Math Elective (3cr.)

Senior Year
Adv. Exp. Techniques & Applications (CHEM 426L/426R, 4cr.)
Biochemistry Elective (3cr.)
Biochem/Chem/Biol/Math Elective (3cr.)
Biochem/Chem/Math Elective (3cr.)

 

Four Electives from the following lists: 

At least one elective must be a biochemistry course. Up to two electives may be math courses, which can be used to fulfill a math minor.  One course may be an approved upper-level biology elective.

Biochemistry:
  • Biomolecular Structure and Function (CHEM 508)
  • Biophysical & Biochemical Characterization
    of Macromolecules (CHEM 527)
  • Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms (CHEM 529)
  • Special Topics: Protein Nucleic Acid
    Interactions (CHEM 598)
Biology:
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 315)
  • General Microbiology (BIOL 319)
  • Immunology (BIOL 424)
  • Endocrinology (BIOL 460)
  • Human Genetics (BIOL 468)
  • Neurobiology (BIOL 475)
Chemistry:
  • Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 312)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 452)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 503)
  • Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 528)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 565)
  • Mass Spectrometry Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 566)
Math:
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 310)
  • Differential Equations (MATH 314)
  • Biostatistics II (MATH 335)

Additional Notes: 

  • Various courses are offered each semester to satisfy UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.
  • All prerequisites must be met with a C or better.
  • CHEM 490W Undergraduate Research is not required; however, it is highly recommended.
B.S. Environmental Chemistry

Track-Specific Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Chemistry
(83 credits)

FallSpring
Freshman Year
Atomic and Molec Principles & Lab (CHEM 151/151L, 5cr.)
Bio I: Cells, Genetics, Developm & Lab (BIOL 111/111L, 4cr.)
Calculus I (MATH 115, 4cr.)
Quantitative Analysis & Lab (CHEM 152/152L, 5cr.)
Bio II: Diversity, Ecol, Evol & Lab (BIOL 112/112L, 4cr.)
Calculus II (MATH 116, 4cr.)
Sophomore Year
Structure, Mechanism & Reactns (CHEM 228, 4cr.)
Organic Structures & Prop Lab (CHEM 228L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics I & Lab (PHYS 211/211L, 4cr.)
Calculus III (MATH 215, 4cr.)
Reactions, Synth, Spectroscopy (CHEM 229, 4cr.)
Organic Synthesis Laboratory (CHEM 229L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics II & Lab (PHYS 212/212L, 4cr.)
Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 452, 3cr.)
Junior Year
Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 328, 3cr.)
Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 340, 3cr.)
Advanced Laboratory Skills & Recitation (CHEM 305L/305R, 1cr.)
Thermodynamics (CHEM 329, 3cr.)
Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 312, 3cr.)
Environmental Science Elective (3cr.)
Senior Year
Adv. Exp. Techniques & Applications (CHEM 426L/426R, 4cr.)
Advanced Biochemistry I (CHEM 419, 3cr.)
Environmental Science Elective (3cr.)
Chemistry Elective (3cr.)
Environmental Science Elective (3cr.)


 

Four Electives in Chemistry and Environmental Science: 

Three Environmental Science electives are selected from the 500 level (graduate) courses in Environmental Science. One Chemistry elective is chosen from the following list:

  • Inorganic Chemistry II (CHEM 412)
  • Advanced Biochemistry II (CHEM 436)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 503)
  • Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 528)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 565)
  • Mass Spectrometry Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 566)

Additional Notes: 

  • Various courses are offered each semester to satisfy UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.
  • All prerequisites must be met with a C or better
  • CHEM 490W Undergraduate Research is not required; however, it is highly recommended
B.A. Biochemistry

Track-Specific Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry (81 credits)

FallSpring
Freshman Year
Atomic and Molec Principles & Lab (CHEM 151/151L, 5cr.)
Bio I: Cells, Genetics, Developm & Lab (BIOL 111/111L, 4cr.)
Calculus I (MATH 115, 4cr.)
Quantitative Analysis & Lab (CHEM 152/152L, 5cr.)
Bio II: Diversity, Ecol, Evol & Lab (BIOL 112/112L, 4cr.)
Calculus II (MATH 116, 4cr.)
Sophomore Year
Organic Chemistry I & Lab (CHEM 211/211L, 4cr.)
Physics for Life Sciences I & Lab (PHYS 201/201L, 4 cr.)
Introduction to Biostatistics (MATH 225, 3cr.)
Organic Chemistry II & Lab (CHEM 212/212L, 4cr.)
Physics for Life Sciences II & Lab (PHYS 202/202L, 4cr.)
Biostatistics II (MATH 335, 3cr.)
Junior Year
Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences (CHEM 301, 4cr.)
Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 340, 3cr.)
General Biochemistry I (CHEM 401, 3cr.)
Advanced Laboratory Skills & Recitation (CHEM 305L/305R, 1cr.)
General Biochemistry II (CHEM 402, 3cr.)
Biochem/Chem/Math Elective (3cr.)

Senior Year
Adv. Exp. Techniques & Applications (CHEM 426L/426R, 4cr.)
Biochemistry Elective (3cr.)
General Elective (3cr.)
General Elective (3cr.)
Biochem/Chem/Biol/Math Elective (3cr.)
 

Three Electives from the following lists: 

At least one elective must be a biochemistry course. One course may be an approved upper-level biology elective.

Biochemistry:
  • Biomolecular Structure and Function (CHEM 508)
  • Biophysical & Biochemical Characterization
    of Macromolecules (CHEM 527)
  • Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms (CHEM 529)
  • Special Topics: Protein Nucleic Acid
    Interactions (CHEM 598)
Biology:
  • Human Physiology (BIOL 315)
  • General Microbiology (BIOL 319)
  • Immunology (BIOL 424)
  • Endocrinology (BIOL 460)
  • Human Genetics (BIOL 468)
  • Neurobiology (BIOL 475)
Chemistry:
  • Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 312)
  • Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 452)
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM 503)
  • Polymer Chemistry (CHEM 528)
  • Advanced Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 565)
  • Mass Spectrometry Instrumental Analysis (CHEM 566)
Math:
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 310)
  • Differential Equations (MATH 314)

Additional Notes: 

  • Various courses are offered each semester to satisfy UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.
  • All prerequisites must be met with a C or better.
  • CHEM 490W Undergraduate Research is not required; however, it is highly recommended.