2014–15 Undergraduate Catalog
Chemistry is primarily concerned with matter, energy, and their interactions. Chemists do a wide variety of things:
Chemists are concerned about the effect their work and technology have on society and on individuals. They are in the forefront of efforts to make sure that technology serves humankind rather than vice versa.
The curriculum is designed to serve persons desiring to enter a career in chemistry, biochemistry, or science education, as well as those interested in pursuing further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, engineering, and the other sciences.
Admission to the Major or Minor
To qualify for admission to the Chemistry and Biochemistry major or minor, a student must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average in SPU chemistry courses.
Application may be made through the Major or Minor Application form (PDF). A student must complete the major or minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the major or minor.
Requirements for the Chemistry Major
CHM 1100, CHM 1110, CHM 1310, CHM 1330, and CHM 1360 cannot be counted in the chemistry major or minor.
BS in Chemistry
It is guided by recommendations of the American Chemical Society and should prepare the student for graduate work in chemistry or for employment as a chemist.
In order to complete this degree in four years, a student should generally begin with CHM 1211 and MAT 1234 in the first quarter of the freshman year.
Required Chemistry Courses | Required Mathematics and Physics Courses
BA in Chemistry
BS in Biochemistry
This degree prepares students for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology. Biochemistry students interested in health sciences should refer to Pre-Professional Health Programs.
To complete this degree in four years, generally a student should begin with CHM 1211 and MAT 1234 in the first quarter of the freshman year.
Students preparing for a secondary certificate should complete the requirements for a BA in chemistry including at least two quarters of physical chemistry. Information about secondary certification can be found in the School of Education section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
Integrated Studies Major With a Concentration in Natural Sciences
(For students seeking K-8 certification)
Students who are planning to obtain Residency Teacher Certification and are interested in chemistry must major in the Integrated Studies major with a concentration in Natural Sciences.
Pre-Professional Health. The BS in Biochemistry, or the BS or BA in Chemistry including biochemistry courses, provide preparation for professional education in medicine, dentistry, and similar health-related careers.