Chemistry Department

An Overview of the Chemistry Program

A glance at the undergraduate catalog will tell you that there are three recommended curricula for the chemistry major to follow as well as a minor option.

Choosing Between the Professional and Regular Chemistry Majors...

The professional degree differs in several ways from the non-professional degree. It is intended for those who wish to get a job as a chemist right after graduation or go on to graduate or professional school. The Professional Chemistry Major has two tracks, either of which may be taken and completed with 43 hours of chemistry courses, and it does NOT require taking a minor or a second major. In the "Biomolecular"; track, there are no electives, as there are eight hours of work in biochemistry. In the "Materials"; track, three to four hours of electives are chosen, so as to focus on any other area of chemistry (not just Materials).

The Regular Chemistry Major has only 36 hours of chemistry courses, but it DOES require taking a minor or a second major. The regular chemistry major is intended for those who wish to double major in biology, or place a major emphasis on another subject area, or who require remedial work in mathematics.

With either major it is advisable to take more chemistry courses than the minimum number suggested in the catalog. An especially valuable elective is Instrumental Methods (CHEM 4230). To be considered a serious chemist with either major, you should do Individual Research, either informally, or as CHEM 3880 or 4880. With either major, you may substitute University Physics (PHYS 2110, 2120) for College Physics (PHYS 2010, 2020), although either physics course is accepted.