2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Chemistry Major

The Major in Chemistry (“traditional” track with no concentration).  This is an additional requirement to this program.

For program description see Chemistry 

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Develop a rigorous understanding of fundamental chemical concepts and techniques
  • Gain practical experience with a wide variety of chemistry instruments and knowledge to interpret obtained data
  • Develop an ability to communicate ideas in chemistry to general audiences and specialists
  • Understand a broad range of chemical principles and knowledge in analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry
  • Gain chemical knowledge and critical thinking skills to solve theoretical and practical problems in chemistry
  • Demonstrate laboratory skills appropriate to the study of chemistry:
    • Acquire, interpret and analyze data using manual and instrumental methods
    • Carry out basic synthetic reactions
    • Maintain a laboratory notebook
    • Work confidently and safely in a laboratory
  • Organize and present scientific information in written and oral form assisted by the use of computer technology such as word processing, spreadsheets, chemical structure drawing programs, chemical information retrieval services
  • Understand the importance of chemistry in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context
  • Develop the ability to succeed in pursuing further studies or employment in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry

Major Requirements (59 units)

Statement on Repeating Courses

All students majoring in Chemistry must earn a minimum grade of C in the core Chemistry courses (General Chemistry lecture and lab I& II, Organic Chemistry I& II, Organic Chemistry Lab I& II, and Analytical Chemistry) and all supporting courses (Calculus and Analytical Geometry I& II and Physics lecture and lab I& II). Courses required for a Chemistry major can only be repeated once. If the minimum grade is not attained by the second attempt, the student will be disqualified from the Chemistry major.

Curriculum Sample

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