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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 (80-83 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.
B.S. Chemistry/M.S. Chemistry

Track-Specific Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry to Master of Science in Chemistry (121 Undergraduate credits - 30 Graduate Credits - 151 total 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.)
Thinking and Writing Across the Curriculum (UCOR 101, 3cr.)
Research and Information Skills (UCOR 100, 1cr.)
Quantitative Analysis & Lab (CHEM 152/152L, 5cr.)
Bio II: Diversity, Ecol, Evol & Lab (BIOL 112/112L, 4cr.)
Calculus II (MATH 116, 4cr.)
Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing (UCOR 102,3cr.)
Sophomore Year
Structure, Mechanism & Reactions (CHEM 228, 4cr.)
Organic Structures & Properties Lab (CHEM 228L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics I & Lab (PHYS 211/211L, 4cr.)
Calculus III (MATH 215, 4cr.)
Basic Philosophical Questions (UCOR 132, 3cr.)
Global Diversity Requirement (UCOR, 0cr.)
Reactions, Synth, Spectroscopy (CHEM 229, 4cr.)
Organic Synthesis Laboratory (CHEM 229L, 1cr.)
General Analytical Physics II & Lab (PHYS 212/212L, 4cr.)
Science Writing (ENGL 302W, 3cr.)
Global Diversity Requirement (UCOR, 3cr.)
Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 452,3cr.)
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.)
History of Science (HIST 307, 3cr.)
General Elective (3cr.)
Thermodynamics (CHEM 329, 3cr.)
Inorganic Chemistry I (CHEM 312, 3cr.)
Advanced Biochemistry II (CHEM 436, 3cr.)
Ethics Requirement (UCOR,3cr.)
Theology Requirement (UCOR, 3cr.)
Career Development Seminar (SPRG 105, 1cr.)
Science in Service of Society (SPRG 108, 0cr.)
Senior Year
Adv. Exp. Techniques & Applications (CHEM 426L/426R, 4cr.)
Inorganic Chemistry II (CHEM 544, 3cr.)
Advanced Organic (CHEM 503, 3cr. )
Graduate Course** (CHEM, 3cr.)
Faith and Reason Requirement (UCOR, 3cr.)
Chem/Math Elective* (3cr.)
Graduate Course** (CHEM, 3cr.)
Creative Arts Requirement (UCOR, 3cr.)
Social Justice Requirement (UCOR, 3cr.)
General Elective (3cr.)
Fifth Year
Research Experience I (CHEM 516, 3cr.)
Scientific Communication I (CHEM 513, 1cr.)
Advanced Data Analysis & Statistics (CHEM 542, 2cr.)
Ethics I (CHEM 573, 1cr.)
Graduate Course** (CHEM, 3cr.)
Research Experience II (CHEM 518, 3cr.)
Scientific Communication II (CHEM 513, 1cr.)
Ethics II (CHEM 575, 1cr.)
Graduate Course**  (3cr.)
Graduate Course** (3cr.)

UCOR

The university will offer various courses each semester to satisfy the UCOR requirements. UCOR courses can be taken
in any sequence throughout the undergraduate curriculum.

Mathematics Electives

Math electives can be any of the graduate courses listed below.

  • MATH 225
  • MATH 310
  • MATH 335
  • MATH 314

Science Electives

Science Writing (ENGL 302W) is recommended before CHEM senior year lab-intensive courses are required.

Science/Service Learning (SPRG 108) can be taken for 0-1 credit anytime during junior/senior year.

Other science/math electives must be at the 300-500 level.

Chemistry Electives

*Chemistry electives can be any of the graduate courses listed under "CHEM Graduate Courses."

CHEM Graduate Courses

**CHEM Graduate Courses include:

  • CHEM 508 Biomolecular Structre Function
  • CHEM 519 Dynamics, Kinetics, Spectroscopy
  • CHEM 527 Biophysical and Biochemical
  • Characterization of Macromolecules
  • CHEM 528 Polymer Science
  • CHEM 529 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms
  • CHEM 540 Molecular Visualization and Simulation Methods
  • CHEM 541 Structural Proteomics
  • CHEM 547 Reaction Mechanisms
  • CHEM 549 Single Crystal X-ray Crystallography
  • CHEM 565 Advanced Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 566 Mass Spectrometry Instrumental
    Analysis
  • CHEM 567 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 598 Special Topics (This course can be taken
    multiple times as the special topics offered will change.)

Additional Notes: 

  • A graduate course cannot be counted as both a CHEM elective to satisfy the BS major requirements and a grad level course to satisfy the MS requirement.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or above and be in their junior year in order to register for graduate level (5XX) courses.
  • Undergraduate Research (CHEM 490) is strongly encouraged, especially during the junior/senior year.