2018-19 Catalogs

BA in Chemistry

Because the chemistry courses in each track are the same for the first two years, it is possible to switch tracks through the junior year. Students considering a chemistry major are strongly urged to consult with a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty to discuss the program.

To graduate as a chemistry major or minor in any of the programs, a student must earn a grade of C or better in all chemistry courses and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all other courses required for the major.

The minimum number of credits in chemistry and related areas (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major in this track: 60.

The following courses are required: (33-36 credit hours)
CHY 113, 114  Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory Techniques I
CHY 115, 116  Principles of Chemistry II and Laboratory Techniques II
CHY 233  Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory
CHY 251, 252  Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHY 253, 254  Organic Chemistry II and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHY 371  Quantum Chemistry
CHY 373, 374  Chemical Thermodynamics and Chemical Thermodynamics Laboratory
CHY 470 Chemistry in Perspective

Choose two of the following six offerings: (6-8 credit hours)
CHY 345  Polymer Chemistry
CHY 351  Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHY 377, 378  Spectroscopy and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
CHY 385  Pickles to Pints: Fermentation Science
CHY 421  Inorganic Chemistry
CHY 461  Biochemistry I

The following courses are also required: (21 credit hours)
PHY 121, 114, 123, 116  General Physics I and II and Laboratory
PHY 261 Computational Physics*, or a math/computer science course approved by the Chemistry Department
MAT 152  Calculus A
MAT 153  Calculus B

*Students should contact their academic advisor for alternate course options.

At least 12 credit hours beyond the 100-level must be taken within the Chemistry Department at USM.