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Chemistry

Do you know so much about the periodic table that you’ve memorized it? If you have, that’s great! You certainly have ‘chemistry’ with the subject. Chemistry, however, is more than tables and test tubes. Professional chemists apply their skills to a variety of contemporary challenges. They find ways to improve our health by developing and improving new drugs, healthier food items like salt substitutes, and medical procedures like dialysis. They invent new substances and enhance existing inventions by understanding properties of atoms and how they can be combined to form useful compounds.

As a chemistry major, you’ll learn about the major branches of chemistry, including inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. You'll also learn how to keep your experiments as environmentally friendly as possible through "green" chemistry methods. You will have access to a wide variety of analytical equipment through BVU’s laboratories, and have the option to run surface chemistry tests through experiments with lasers in the University’s Optics Lab. You’ll also be able to pursue internships and research opportunities that can help you make academic and industry connections before you graduate.

Key Personality Traits of Chemists:

Courses of study

Chemistry Major in Chemistry professional: 53-55 credit hours

(Designed for further graduate study or for industry)

Support work:

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
MATH 161 Calculus II: Integral Calculus
PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus-Based
PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Major courses:

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 312 Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 354 Physical Chemistry II
CHEM 355 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 496 Chemistry Research I
CHEM 497 Chemistry Research II
CHEM 498 Chemistry Seminar
CHEM 496 and CHEM 497 may only be taken for 0 credits with permission of the chemistry faculty and documented proof of a research experience. If CHEM 496 and CHEM 497 are taken for 0 credits, student must take sufficient chemistry electives at the 300/400 level to reach the 53 credit hours required by the major. If CHEM 496 and CHEM 497 are taken for 1 credit each, student must take sufficient chemistry electives at the  300/400 level to reach the 55 credit hours required by the major. BCHM 401 (Introductory Biochemistry) may be used to obtain three of the hours of chemistry electives. No more than 3 credits total of CHEM 300, 495, or 497 may be applied toward the chemistry major.

Major in Chemistry - Liberal Arts: 41 credit hours

(Designed for pre-medical students, assistants in industry and high school teaching)

Support work:

MATH 160 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
PHYS 201 General Physics I: Trigonometry-Based or PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus-Based
PHYS 202 General Physics II: Trigonometry-Based or PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Major courses:

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 300 Chemistry Research or CHEM 495 Chemistry Internship or CHEM 497 Chemistry Research II
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 353 Physical Chemistry I
CHEM 498 Chemistry Seminar
Sufficient chemistry electives at the 300/400 level to reach the 41 credit hours required by the major. BCHM 401 (Introductory Biochemistry) may NOT be used to obtain three of the hours of chemistry electives. No more than 3 credits total of CHEM 300, CHEM 495 or CHEM 497 may be applied toward the chemistry major.

Major in Chemistry with Teaching Licensure (5-12):

Option 1:

Liberal arts chemistry major and requirements listed under secondary education and the education core.

GENERAL SCIENCE TEACHING LICENSURE (5-12):
Add the following course:
BIOL 163 Biological Principles I

Option 2: Only science education students. Must have 12 credit hours at 300/400 level. 30 credit hours in science with 24 hours in chemistry including:

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 498 Chemistry Seminar
7 credits of chemistry electives (numbered above CHEM 152) to reach 24 credits in chemistry
6 additional credit hours in science to reach a total of 30 credits
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

Minor in Chemistry: 20 credit hours

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
4 credit hours of chemistry electives

Minor in Chemistry with Teaching Licensure: 24 credit hours

CHEM 151 General Chemistry I
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
8 additional credit hours in chemistry
Plus requirements for secondary education and education core

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