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B.S. in Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides American Chemical Society (ACS) approved programs. Students completing a baccalaureate degree that meets the ACS Guidelines will receive an ‘ACS-certified degree’. Some of the following degree tracks include the course work and experience necessary to satisfy requirements for ACS certification. See your academic advisor in the CSM Advising Center for more information on the requirements for ACS certification and other aspects of these tracks.

  • This track is designed to prepare students for graduate school in chemistry or the professional workforce. Students completing this track receive a B.S. degree that is certified by the American Chemical Society.
  • This track is designed to allow flexibility in choosing supporting discipline credits that support individual career goals. Due to the variety of options in this track, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to plan a course of study that meets graduation requirements. This track can be ACS certified with specific coursework and laboratory experiences. See your advisor for more information.
  • This track is designed to prepare students for graduate school or a career in the forensic field. This track can be ACS certified with specific coursework and laboratory experiences. See your advisor for more information.
  • This track is designed to prepare students for pharmacy school while they work towards a degree in Chemistry. Students may also go to graduate school or work in the pharmaceutical industry after completing this track. As pharmacy school prerequisites change, students need to be diligent in ensuring they are meeting the requirements of the pharmacy school they wish to attend. The streamlining of both the requirements for a degree in chemistry and the needed prerequisites is best done in consultation with an academic advisor. This track can be ACS certified with specific coursework and laboratory experiences. See an advisor for more information.
  • This track is designed to prepare chemistry teachers at the secondary school level. It leads to 6-12 grade level teacher certification in the teaching field of chemistry in Georgia.

    *IMPORTANT: Science Education Tracks are transitioning to Bagwell College of Education.

Curriculum

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

See listing of requirements (KSU Undergraduate Catalog).

Lower Division Major Requirements (18 Credit Hours)

Lab/math credit from General Education Area D

  • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I *
  • PHYS 2211L - Principles of Physics Laboratory I *
  • PHYS 2212 - Principles of Physics II *
  • PHYS 2212L - Principles of Physics Laboratory II *
  • CHEM 1211 - General Chemistry I *
  • CHEM 1211L - General Chemistry I Laboratory *
  • CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II *
  • CHEM 1212L - General Chemistry II Laboratory *
  • CHEM 2800 - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 2800L - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
  • MATH 1190 - Calculus I
  • MATH 2202 - Calculus II

*If not taken in General Education.

Upper Division Major Requirements by Track:

  • Upper Division Major Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 3000 - Chemical Literature
    • CHEM 3105 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105L - Inorganic Synthesis
    • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry 2
    • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 3601 - Physical Chemistry I: Atomic and Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy
    • CHEM 3601L - Physical Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3602 - Physical Chemistry II: Reaction Kinetics and Thermodynamics
    • CHEM 3602L - Physical Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 4300 - Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 4310L - Advanced Analytical Chemistry Lab
    • Chemistry Elective: Any 3000/4000-level chemistry course 1

    Choose one from the following:

    • CHEM 3398 - Internship
    • CHEM 3540L - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 4100 - Directed Applied Research
    • CHEM 4120L - Research Methods Laboratory

    Supporting Disciplines (12 Credit Hours)

    • 3000-4000 level course in the College of Science and Math (3 Credit Hours)
    • Electives Courses from any department (including chemistry) should be taken that reflect and complement the student’s chemical interests and career goals. (5 Credit Hours)
    • MATH 2203 - Calculus III

    Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

    Any courses in university curriculum.

  • Upper Division Major Requirements (28 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 3000 - Chemical Literature
    • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 3050 - Physical Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105L - Inorganic Synthesis
    • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    • CHEM 4310L - Advanced Analytical Chemistry Lab
    • Chemistry Elective: Any 3000/4000 level chemistry course (3 Credit Hours)

    Choose one from the following:

    • CHEM 3030 - Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 3800 - Forensic Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 4300 - Instrumental Analytical Chemistry

    Supporting Disciplines (20 Credit Hours)

    • Electives* (11 hours must be at the 3000- or 4000-level) Sequences of courses from any department (including chemistry) should be taken that reflect and complement the student’s chemical interests and career goals.

    Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

    • Any courses in university curriculum.
  • Upper Division Major Requirements (31 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 3000 - Chemical Literature
    • CHEM 3050 - Physical Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105L - Inorganic Synthesis
    • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 3800 - Forensic Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 4300 - Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 4310L - Advanced Analytical Chemistry Lab

    Choose One of the Following:

    • CHEM 3398 - Internship (2 credit hours)
    • CHEM 3540L - Advanced Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 4100 - Directed Applied Research (2 credit hours)
    • CHEM 4120L - Research Methods Laboratory

    Supporting Disciplines (21 Credit Hours)

    • CRJU 1101 - Foundations of Criminal Justice
    • CRJU 3320 - Criminal Investigation
    • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
    • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory
    • BIOL 1108 - Biological Principles II
    • BIOL 1108L - Biological Principles II Laboratory
    • STAT 3125 - Biostatistics

    Choose one:

    • BIOL 3300 - Genetics and
    • BIOL 3300L - Genetics Laboratory
      or
    • BIOL 3338K - Histology
      or
    • BIOL 3340K - Microbiology

    Free Electives (8 Credit Hours)

    • Any courses in university curriculum. See advisor for recommendations.
  • Upper-Division Major Requirements (29 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 3000 - Chemical Literature
    • CHEM 3010 - Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHEM 3030 - Pharmaceutical Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 3050 - Physical Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105L - Inorganic Synthesis
    • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 4310L - Advanced Analytical Chemistry Lab

    Supporting Disciplines (26 Credit Hours)

    • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
    • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory
    • BIOL 1108 - Biological Principles II
    • BIOL 1108L - Biological Principles II Laboratory
    • BIOL 2221 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIOL 2221L - Human Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory
    • BIOL 2222 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II
    • BIOL 2222L - Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory
    • STAT 3125 - Biostatistics
    • Choose 7 hours from any CHEM, BIOL, MATH, STAT, PSYC, CRJU, ENVS, PHYS, SCI, MKTG, or MGT 3000- or 4000-level courses

    Free Electives (5 Credit Hours)

  • Upper Division Major Requirements (27 Credit Hours)

    • CHEM 3050 - Physical Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105 - Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 3105L - Inorganic Synthesis
    • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 3400 - The Teaching and Learning of Chemistry
    • CHEM 3500 - Biochemistry
    • CHEM 3500L - Biochemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 3XXX/4XXX (3 Credit Hours) Upper level CHEM elective

    Choose one of the following:

    • CHEM 3398 - Internship (2 credit hours)
    • CHEM 4100 - Directed Applied Research (2 credit hours)
    • CHEM 4120L - Research Methods Laboratory

    Professional Education Sequence (31 Credit Hours)

    • EDSM 1101 - Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    • EDSM 1102 - Step 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Planning
    • EDSM 2010 - Knowing and Learning in Science
    • ITEC 3300 - Improving Learning with Technology in High School Classrooms
    • INED 3305 - Education of Students with Exceptionalities in an Inclusive Setting I
    • INED 3306 - Education of Students with Exceptionalities in an Inclusive Setting II
    • INED 4435 - Foundations of Teaching Adolescent English Learners
    • INED 4436 - Foundations of Teaching Adolescent English Learners II
    • SCED 3010 - Perspectives in Teaching Science
    • CHED 4422 - Project-based Instruction
    • CHED 4423 - Pedagogical Content Knowledge for Chemistry
    • CHED 4660 - Yearlong Clinical Experience
    • SCED 2421 - Classroom Interactions

    Supporting Disciplines (4 Credit Hours)

    • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
    • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory

Program Total (120-122 Credit Hours)

University-Wide Degree Requirements

  • See listing of requirements.

Graduation Credit Hour Total (123-125 Credit Hours)

Notes:

1 The chemistry elective 3000/4000 course must have one prerequisite from the upper division major requirements.

2 Students may substitute CHEM 3501/L and CHEM 3502 for CHEM 3500/L, in which case CHEM 3502 may count as the 3000/4000 level chemistry elective.

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