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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Chemistry

Academic Programs

The Chemistry Department Program is approved by the American Chemical Society and offers several degree programs: the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Criminalistics Concentration; and the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. Minors in chemistry and criminalistics are also available. Students who plan to pursue a career in chemistry after graduation or plan to attend graduate school in chemistry should choose the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry program. The Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry program is designed for students who plan a career in a field related to chemistry, but who do not intend to attend graduate school in chemistry. The Bachelor of Arts option, which requires fewer hours, may be especially attractive to those desiring a second major or secondary education licensure.

Criminalistics is the scientific investigation, identification, and comparison of physical evidence for criminal or civil court proceedings. Criminalists must be trained in many disciplines including chemistry, biology, law enforcement, physics, and mathematics. The four-year criminalistics curriculum leads to a bachelor of science degree and includes a half-time internship in a criminalistics laboratory during the senior year. Students in the criminalistics program are encouraged to complete all the requirements for a degree in chemistry approved by the American Chemical Society while completing the criminalistics degree program. Graduates of the program are prepared for employment in criminalistics and have completed the requirements for admission to graduate school in chemistry or criminalistics, medical school, dental school, or law school.

For further information about the criminalistics programs, students should contact the Department of Chemistry. Students seeking secondary education licensure in science should see an advisor in the teacher education program for requirements.

Basic Core Requirements

The following courses constitute the basic core and are required in all chemistry degree programs.

Basic Core Semester Hours
CHE 1800 - General Chemistry I  4
CHE 1810 - General Chemistry II  4
CHE 1850 - General Chemistry Laboratory  2
CHE 3000 - Analytical Chemistry  3
CHE 3010 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory  2
CHE 3100 - Organic Chemistry I  4
CHE 3110 - Organic Chemistry II  3
CHE 3120 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I  2
CHE 3130 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II  2
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