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The Chemistry Program
Students majoring in chemistry are afforded a variety of options upon graduation. Many go to graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, materials science, medical school, dental school, law, or business. Others go directly into professional chemistry as employees of private industry, governmental agencies, or educational institutions. Departmental alumni/ae are university professors, research scientists, medical doctors, lawyers, dentists, executives, directors of research, secondary school teachers, and administrators.
Most majors engage in research projects for credit in association with a department faculty member. Normally this research is begun during the second semester of the junior year and continued through the senior year. However, there are opportunities for many students to work on projects prior to their junior year and/or over the summer through paid summer research fellowships administered through the department.
In addition to the chemistry minor, there is also a biochemistry minor which can be found here .
College (COLL) Courses and Advanced Placement Options
College (COLL) Courses
CHEM 100 , CHEM 150 , and CHEM 201 have been designed for non-science majors. CHEM 100 fulfills COLL 100 requirements, CHEM 150 fulfills COLL 150 requirements. CHEM 201 and CHEM 205 fulfill COLL 200 requirements in the NQR knowledge domain.
Students majoring in a science and/or intending a career in health sciences should take CHEM 103 as their introductory chemistry course. Usually, the CHEM 103L laboratory course is taken along with CHEM 103.
Entering students who have been awarded credit for CHEM 103 based on AP score of 4/5 or IB score of 5/6/7, as well as other well-prepared students who are planning to major in chemistry, are encouraged to take CHEM 205 to satisfy their General Chemistry requirements.
Students entering with AP score of 5 or IB score of 6/7: The student is awarded 5 credits of General Chemistry (CHEM 103, CHEM 103L, and CHEM 254) and 3 chemistry elective credits (CHEM 2XX). Should this student choose not to take either CHEM 208 or CHEM 205, the CHEM 2XX elective credits will count as 3 credits for the Chemistry major or the minor. Should this student take CHEM 205, the chemistry elective credits (CHEM 2XX) will not count toward a Chemistry major or minor, but will still count toward general graduation requirements. For programs other than Chemistry, the CHEM 2XX credits will count as CHEM 208.
Students entering with AP score of 4 or IB score of 5: The student is awarded 4 credits of General Chemistry (CHEM 103 and CHEM 103L). To pursue a Chemistry major, this student must take either CHEM 205 or CHEM 208, and either CHEM 254 or CHEM 256 laboratory.
Well-prepared students without AP or IB credit who intend to major in Chemistry may elect to take CHEM 205 with instructor permission. These students must also take CHEM 103L laboratory, and either CHEM 254 or CHEM 256 laboratory.
Programs and Course Descriptions