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Students who graduate with a B.S.C. in Chemistry should be able to …
- understand basic and advanced chemistry concepts and be able to apply them to solve problems.
- have the skills to effectively communicate their chemistry knowledge in writing.
- have the computer programming and information retrieval skills needed for the next step in their education or for the workplace.
- have knowledge of advanced chemistry topics and those receiving the ACS certified degree will have an understanding of the chemical research process.
Basic Degree Requirements for Majors in Curricula Section II (128 Hours)
- General Education Requirements
- Cognate or Minor Requirements
1. General Education Requirements (12-21 Hours) - Curricula II
Students are encouraged to demonstrate the level of accomplishment represented by Group I courses by means of advanced placement examinations. See the section on advanced placement under “Admissions .”
Writing (6 Hours)
Must be passed with grade of C or better.
Foreign Languages (0-9 Hours)
Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required for all baccalaureate degrees.
It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.
History (6 Hours)
- Two courses in History (HIST), at the 100 level, at least one non-U.S. history.
Group II–Quantitative (A Minimum of 12 Hours)
(Quantitative requirements for biological sciences majors and cardiovascular technology majors are listed below.)
Biological Sciences Majors
Cardiovascular Technology Majors
Group III–Humanities (6 Hours)
Fine Arts (3 Hours)
A course or courses dealing with the study and/or practice of the visual and performing arts. Students may take courses in art studio, art design, art history and appreciation, film, media arts, music history and appreciation, music theory and performance, theatre history and appreciation, acting, stagecraft, theatre design, and dance to fulfill this requirement. Courses in speech (SPCH) apply to the humanities requirement, but do NOT satisfy the fine arts requirement. Theatre production laboratories (THEA 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 219, 220, 221), one-hour credits for participation in music organizations (band, chorus, orchestra), and MART 302 do NOT apply to the fine arts requirement or to the humanities requirement.
Humanities (3 Hours)
Complete 3 hours from the following:
African American Studies (AFRO)
Classical Studies (CLAS) 230
English (ENGL) 280 or higher, excluding 450, 460, 461, 462, and 463
Foreign Language 201 or higher
History (HIST) 201 or higher
Philosophy (PHIL) excluding 110, 111, and 511
Religious Studies (RELG)
Women and Gender Studies (WGST) 111
Group IV–Social Sciences (6 Hours)
Complete 6 hours from the following:
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRJU)
Political Science (POLI)
Psychology (PSYC) excluding 227, 594, and 599
Sociology (SOCY) excluding 220
Women and Gender Studies (WGST) 112 only
Group V–Laboratory Science (8 Hours)
Complete two 4-credit hour laboratory science courses from the following:
Astronomy (ASTR) 111 , 111A , 211 , 211A
Biology (BIOL) 101 1, 102 1, 110 2, 200 2, 200L 2, 270 2, 270L 2, 243 2, 243L 2, 244 2, 244L 2
Chemistry (CHEM) 102 3, 105 3, 105L3, 106 3, and 106L 3, 111 , 112
Environmental Studies (ENVR) 200
Geological sciences (GEOL) 101 , 102 , 103 , 105
Marine science (MSCI) 210 , 210L , 215 , 215L
Physics (PHYS) 151 4, 151L 4, 153 4, 153L 4, 155 4, 155L 4, 201 , 201L , 202 , 202L ; or 211 , 211L , 212 , 212L
1 Biology and Pre-Med majors only
2 Non- Biology majors only
3 Mathematics and Statistics majors only
4 Non-Physics majors only
The following courses fulfill some of the general education requirements and some cognates and must be completed for a B.S. in Chemistry degree:
Select one of the following options:
CHEM 141, 142 are equivalent to CHEM 111, 112, and 321L.
Major Requirements (34-35 Hours)
Courses in chemistry numbered 300 level and above to include the following:
Students who transfer into the program after completion of CHEM 331L and 332L may meet the organic chemistry requirements by completing CHEM 334L.
Cognate or Minor (12-18 Hours) for B.S. Degrees - Curricula I
The cognate is designed to support the major. The cognate must consist of twelve (12) hours of courses at the advanced level, outside of but related to the major, and the cognate must be approved by the major department through the major advisor. The cognate may be taken in one or more departments or degree programs, depending on the interests of the student and the judgment of the advisor. In certain cases, cognate courses may be selected from the professional schools.
- Cognates must be selected from outside the student’s major program.
It should be emphasized that the cognate is not a second set of elective courses to be chosen at random by the student. The cognate must be approved by the advisor as being related to the major field of study. The Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs will not recognize cognates that have not been approved by the major department. Students are urged to consult their departmental advisors for specific requirements in their major.
All cognate courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
In place of the cognate a student in the College of Arts and Sciences may choose a minor consisting of at least 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. The subject area of the minor may be related to the major. Students pursuing interdisciplinary minors who wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the College Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions for permission to do so.
The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate inasmuch as the courses must be concentrated in one area and must follow a structured sequence. Interdisciplinary minors can be designed with the approval of the dean.
- Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor.
- No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements.
- All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
- At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University.
4. Electives for B.S. Degrees - Curricula II
No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, vocational nature or physical education courses involving substantial content in pedagogy may apply towards the elective requirement. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification of inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.
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