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Chemistry Major and Minor
The goals of the Department of Chemistry are to instill in all students an appreciation and understanding of chemistry and the methods of scientific inquiry and to develop the appropriate skills, knowledge, and personal qualities that prepare citizens to understand chemically oriented issues and that prepare students for careers in chemistry and its allied fields.
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of nine CHM courses, including 160 , 170 , 260 , 270 , 300 (or BCH 333), 360 , 365 , 370 , and 380 or 480 plus electives numbering above 300, PHY 101 or 107 , PHY 102 or 108 , and MTH 151 and MTH 152 .
Students may elect a chemistry major approved by the American Chemical Society by completing CHM 160, 170, 260, 270, 300 (or BCH 333), 360, 365, 370, 380, 460, 470, 480, 500, PHY 101 or 107, PHY 102 or 108, MTH 151, 152, and one from MTH 208, 217, or 308.
The chemistry department also contributes to the biochemistry major. Please refer to the catalog listing for further information on this course of study.
MINOR REQUIREMENTS: CHM 160 , 260 , 270 , the equivalent of two CHM courses at the 300 level or higher, and the equivalent of one additional CHM course numbering 170 or above. Either CHM 300 or BCH 333 , but not both, can be used to satisfy the minor requirements.
CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE: The capstone experience for the chemistry major will consist of two parts. One will be the successful completion of CHM 365: Chemistry Seminar with a grade of C- or better. In addition, all chemistry majors will take a standardized, comprehensive exam during their senior year. The exam will give students the opportunity to apply knowledge from their accumulated coursework and will allow the department to assess its instructional efforts.
AP Policy: Students scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry test will receive credit for CHM 100.
TEACHER CERTIFICATION: Students may seek Secondary Education (7-12) Certification in Chemistry by completing the Chemistry major and an Education minor consisting of those courses required for Secondary Education (grades 7-12) Certification. Before being formally admitted to the program, students must satisfy-by the end of the sophomore year-the Certification Program Requirements described in the Education (Teacher Certification) section of the catalog.