2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Chemistry, B.S.

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  • Ashley Bartelson, Ph.D.
  • Amalene Cooper-Morgan, Ph.D.
  • Demetra Czegan, Ph.D.
  • Matthew Hillwig, Ph.D.
  • Diana Hoover, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Joiner, Ph.D.
  • Diane Miller, Ph.D.
  • Jonathan Moerdyk, Ph.D.
  • Susan Yochum, SC, Ph.D.


Chemistry is a highly interdisciplinary central science rooted in mathematics and physics. In addition to preparing students for graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, and medicine, a chemistry degree provides direct entry into such careers as chemical research, industrial chemistry, teaching, and business. The chemistry degree also provides a basis for careers in such interdisciplinary fields as environmental science, patent law, geochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, pharmacology, and toxicology. Chemistry courses in the major emphasize the foundational principles of chemistry and the development of laboratory skills.

Learning Objectives: Chemistry

  1. Explain the chemical and physical properties of substances in terms of molecular properties including bonding, structure, and reactivity.
  2. Design and execute experiments in the fundamental areas of chemistry employing proper techniques such as titration, distillation, extraction, and calorimetry.
  3. Interpret laboratory data to support and generate conclusions.
  4. Prepare and maintain a neat, organized and detailed lab notebook.
  5. Write scientific reports that convey information such as theory, methods, data, results, and conclusions.     
  6. Use technology to analyze data, operate instruments, and model molecular properties.
  7. Find information using scientific databases.
  8. Analyze, interpret, and critique primary chemical literature.
  9. Articulate the necessity for honesty and integrity in scientific work.
  10. From an ethical perspective, examine and evaluate a scenario in which a chemically relevant topic impacts society.
  11. Demonstrate stewardship with respect to other students, instrumentation, equipment, and the environment.
  12. Publicly articulate scientific information orally and in poster format.
  13. Demonstrate professionalism in chemistry-related settings.


All candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

The capstone assessment includes the successful completion of an electronic portfolio and exit interview with faculty.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

Chemistry Curriculum

Bachelor of Science

1 credit from:

Total credits: 68

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