Chemistry

Beverly K. Fine School of the Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Associate Dean: Ellen Roskes, Ph.D.

Description

Chemistry is one of the three basic areas that form the foundation of all science and is essential for a complete understanding of the physical world. Focusing on the study of matter, the field of chemistry includes a wide variety of basic areas ranging from the study of atoms, the chemical bond, and basic chemical reactions to the exploration of applied topics, including biochemistry, medicinal and drug chemistry, forensic science, physical and quantum chemistry, and instrumentation.

Stevenson University's chemistry program, planned in accordance with the requirements of the American Chemical Society (ACS), offers a broad selection of courses for students in chemistry and provides an excellent background for any scientific or technological career. Laboratory work and research are emphasized throughout the curriculum. With modern instrumentation and laboratory facilities, students develop excellent laboratory and analytical skills, preparing them for employment in the chemical industry, graduate study in chemistry, or a career in a variety of professional arenas, including pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of chemical principles to the understanding of the world at a molecular level.
  2. Plan, design, safely execute and interpret scientific experiments using the scientific method.
  3. Communicate scientific knowledge in clear notebook entries, laboratory reports and oral and poster presentations.
  4. Evaluate scientific discovery for its scientific merit and in terms of its ethical, societal and global implications using knowledge of chemical principles.
  5. Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course* unless he/she earns a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

A student must maintain a science and math GPA of 2.0 or better in each semester in order to remain in good standing within the major. Grades are reviewed each semester and students are notified in writing of their academic status in the major, as appropriate:

-          Probation: The student who earns a science and math GPA less than 2.0 in one semester will be notified, in writing, by the Department Chair that he or she is on probation in the Fine School of the Sciences. Students who are on probation will be required to meet regularly with their Success Coach/Academic Advisor for at least one full semester after being put on probation.

-          Dismissal: The student who earns a science and math GPA less than 2.0 for a second semester will be notified, in writing, by the Department Chair that he or she is dismissed from the applied mathematics, biochemistry, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, or environmental science major.

* Science and mathematics courses are defined as courses with the designation: BIO, BIOCH, BME, CHEM, ENV, FSCI, MATH, PHYS, or SCI. 

Requirements

Major Requirements

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

BIO 112Principles of General Biology

3 credits

or

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIOCH 327Biochemistry

3 credits

BIOCH 345LIntegrative Laboratory I

2 credits

CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving

3 credits

or

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 210LOrganic Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 211Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 211LOrganic Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 213Digital Information Literacy for Chemistry

1 credit

CHEM 221Inorganic Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 310Analytical Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 313Career Connections in Chemistry

1 credit

CHEM 346LIntegrative Laboratory II

2 credits

CHEM 431Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics

3 credits

CHEM 432Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics

3 credits

CHEM 470Capstone Internship

3 credits

or

CHEM 471Capstone Internship

6 credits

CHEM 475Capstone Seminar

3 credits

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

MATH 221Calculus II

4 credits

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

Note: Students choosing to take the 6-credit Capstone Internship (CHEM 471) can take one Chemistry elective.

Chemistry electives

Select two:

BIOCH 362Independent Research Experience in Biochemistry

2 credits

BIOCH 365Independent Laboratory Research in Biochemistry

3 credits

BIOCH 427Advanced Biochemistry

3 credits

CHEM 203Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 206Herbal Medicines and Remedies

3 credits

CHEM 362Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry

2 credits

CHEM 365Independent Laboratory Research in Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 435Special Topics in Chemistry

3 credits

Suggested Course Sequence

2020-2021 Chemistry SCS

2020-2021 Chemistry - MFS CHEM SCS

Minor in Chemistry

The minor in chemistry requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a CHEM prefix. For chemistry courses with a separate lab co-requisite, both the lab and lecture for the course must be taken; however, the lab does not count as a separate course toward the minor. Please see the chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

Chemistry Department Honors Requirements: Eligible students majoring in chemistry may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Chemistry. The intention to pursue Chemistry Department Honors must be declared before the start of their last semester before graduation. To declare the intent to pursue department honors, a student must have earned a science/math GPA of 3.50 or higher and a plan to finish the honors requirements outlined below.

Students graduating with Chemistry Department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with department honors, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of one research experience.
  • Completion of a second research experience or a 300-400 level CHEM or BIOCH elective that is not being used to fulfill a degree requirement in the major.
  • An oral presentation of the research experience to the department.
  • A science/math GPA of 3.5 or higher at graduation.

BA Option: Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level

BS/MFS Option: The BS/MFS option is available for students majoring in chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in forensic science in the chemistry track. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degrees in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into this BS/MFS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. Please see the Forensic Science section of this catalog for more information.

BS/MAT Option: The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. Please see Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.

Course Descriptions

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