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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY MAJOR

Chemistry is primarily concerned with matter, energy and their interactions. Chemists do a wide variety of things, including the following: They make new substances, including new materials and medicines; they design new ways to make known compounds; they isolate and determine chemical structures of naturally occurring substances; they elucidate the chemical bases of biological processes; they attempt to explain the changes matter undergoes; develop and apply analytical techniques for criminal investigations and environmental problems; they sell chemicals, teach chemistry and apply chemical knowledge to solve other societal and technological problems.

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.

To qualify for admission to the major, a student must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average in SPU chemistry courses.

Continuing students and advance transfers should consult the SPU Undergraduate Catalog.

B.S. IN CHEMISTRY
67 credits in chemistry, including 47 upper-division; an additional 15 credits in math and 15 in physics
This course of study is recommended for a professional degree in chemistry or for those interested in doing graduate and other advanced work in chemistry, certain aspects of molecular biology, toxicology and forensic science. 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, generally a student should begin with CHM 1211 and MAT 1225 in the first quarter of the freshman year.

 

Required Chemistry Courses
CHM 1212 General Chemistry Lecture and Lab* 5-10
CHM 2960 Introduction to Research Methods 1
CHM 2540 Inorganic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 4542 Transition Metals Lecture 3
CHM 3371 Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3372 Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3373 Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3225 Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3227 Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Lab 2
CHM 3228 Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Lab 2
CHM 3229 Analytical Chemistry Lecture and Lab 2
CHM 3421 Quantum Mechanics 4
CHM 3422 Statistical Thermodynamics 4
CHM 3423 Molecular Dynamics 2
CHM 3461/2 Physical Chemistry Lab I and II 4
CHM 4899 Natural Sciences Seminar - Capstone 2
CHM electives from CHM courses*

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Required Mathematics and Physics Courses
MAT 1234 Calculus 5
MAT 1235 Calculus 5
MAT 1236 Calculus
5
PHY 1121 Physics in Science and Engineering 5
PHY 1122 Physics in Science and Engineering 5
PHY 1123 Physics in Science and Engineering* 5

 

* Most students would also take CHM 1211, but well prepared students do not need it. **Excluding CHM 1100, 1110, and 1330; undergraduate research is a strongly recommended elective.

Physics for Science and Engineering
For students planning graduate studies in chemistry, additional mathematics (e.g., MAT 2228, MAT 2375 and MAT 2401) may be recommended by the advisor.

A reading knowledge of German or French is desirable for those who plan to do graduate work in chemistry. All students are urged to seek advising by a member of the chemistry/biochemistry faculty as early in their programs as possible.

B.A. IN CHEMISTRY
52 credits in chemistry, including 32 upper-division; an additional 15 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in physics. This option is suited for students preparing for medical or dental school, careers in medical technology, pharmacy or related fields, or to teach chemistry at the secondary level. Those interested in careers in medicine, dentistry or other health related fields should refer to "Pre-Professional Health Programs."

 

Required Chemistry Courses
CHM 1212 (5)* General Chemistry Lecture and Lab *10
CHM 2540 Inorganic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3371 Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3372 Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3373 Organic Chemisty Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3225 Analytical Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3410 Survey of Physical Chemistry 5
CHM 4361 Biochemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 4899 Natural Sciences Seminar-Capstone 2
CHM Electives (10) from CHM courses 10
Excluding CHM 1100, 1110 and 1330  
Required Mathematics and Physics Courses  
MAT 1221 Calculus Survey* 5
MAT 1360 Statistics* 5
PHY 1121 Physics for Science and Engineering 5
PHY 1122 Physics for Science and Engineering 5
PHY 1123                     Physics for Science and Engineering
(or PHY 1101, PHY 1102, PHY 1103)
5

 

Most students would also take CHM 1211, but well-prepared students do not need it. * Can substitute MAT 1234 and 1235 for these two courses.

General Physics
B.S. in BIOCHEMISTRY
72 credits in chemistry and biology, including 59 upper-division in biology and chemistry; an additional 20 credits in mathematics and 15 credits in physics

The molecular aspects of the life sciences call for an interdisciplinary course of study in chemistry and biology, plus background support in physics and mathematics. This degree prepares students for graduate study in biochemistry and molecular biology. Biochemistry students interested in health sciences should refer to the Pre-Professional Health Sciences section on page 173 of the Catalog. In order to complete this degree in four years, generally a student should begin with CHM 1211 and MAT 1225 in the first quarter of the freshman year.

 

Required Chemistry and Biology Courses
BIO 2101 General Biology 5
BIO 3325 Genetics 5
BIO 4325 Molecular Biology 5
CHM 1212 General Chemistry Lecture and Lab* 5-10
CHM 2960 Introduction to Research Methods 1
CHM 3371 Organic Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3372 Organic Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3373 Organic Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3225 Analytical Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 3422 Statistical Thermodynamics Lecture 4
CHM 4361 Biochemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 4362 Biochemistry Lecture and Lab 5
CHM 4363 Biochemistry Seminar 3
CHM 4899 Natural Sciences Seminar- Capstone 2
CHM and BIO electives from CHM 2960, CHM 2540,
CHM 4960, CHM 3227, CHM 3228, CHM 3229, CHM 3403, BIO 4352,
CHM 3460, CHM 4542, BIO 2102, BIO 2103, BIO 3350, BIO 4360; undergraduate research is a strongly recommended elective.

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Required Mathematics and Physics Courses
Math   20
MAT 1234 Calculus 5
MAT 1235 Calculus 5
MAT 1236 Calculus 5
MAT 1360* Statistics 5
PHY 1121 Physics in Science and Engineering 5
PHY 1122 Physics in Science and Engineering 5
PHY 1123 Physics in Science and Engineering(5) or PHY 1101* 5
PHY 1102 General Physics 5
PHY 1103 General Physics or MAT 2375 and MAT 2376 5


Chemistry Minor
35 credits in chemistry/biochemistry, including 20 upper-division
Must include CHM 1212 General Chemistry II, 5 cr., CHM 3371, 3372 Organic Chemistry, 10 cr. Chemistry courses must include at least two of these five areas: organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biochemistry.* 20
Total   35
*Excluding CHM 1100, 1110, 1330, 2930, 4800, 4900, 4930 and 4940.

 


Chemical Education.
Students preparing for the teaching profession at the elementary level should take at least CHM 1100 or CHM 1211. (For general science major requirements in elementary teaching, see the School of Education listing in this Catalog.) For junior high level a supporting endorsement provides an appropriate basis. A supporting endorsement can be obtained by completing a minor including CHM 1212, 2540, 3371, 3372 and 3225. CHM 3401 and CHM 4361 are also recommended. See School of Education for a definite description of the supporting endorsement. Students preparing for a secondary certificate should complete the requirements for a B.A. in chemistry including at least two quarters of physical chemistry.

Pre-Professional Health. The B.S. in biochemistry, or the B.S. or B.A. in chemistry including biochemistry courses, provide preparation for professional education in medicine, dentistry and similar health related careers. See the Pre-Professional Health section of the Catalog.

Chemistry Courses. Click here for a complete list of Chemistry courses and course descriptions.