ACS Chemistry Major Course of Study
It is strongly recommended that students contact an advisor in the chemistry program to help them determine which major will provide the best opportunity for them to successfully complete preparation for their chosen career.
The ACS chemistry major requires a minimum of 53 credit hours.
Students planning a career in chemistry or biochemistry research, or as a professional chemist or biochemist, are strongly encouraged to complete the major approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
Chemistry Courses (37 hrs.)
A lecture course that covers analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include statistical analysis, quantitative chemical analysis, chemical equilibria, eletroanalytical techniques and fundamentals of spectroscopy.
A laboratory course designed to give students experiences with analytical methods of chemical analysis. Topics include data analysis, chemical equilibria (acid-base and complexation), redox titrations and spectroscopy.
A fundamental course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding, molecular structure, nomenclature of inorganic compounds, fundamentals of inorganic complexes and an introduction to the chemistry of main group elements.
A fundamental laboratory course in the study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include the preparation of inorganic complexes, resolution of chiral transition metal compounds, ion conductivity and a preparation of a main group inorganic compound.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. A lecture course in the study of physical chemistry designed to introduce students to classical physical chemistry concepts. Topics of study include properties and kinetic molecular theory of gases, thermodynamics, states of matter and phase equilibria.
Prerequisite CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L. A laboratory course in the study of physical chemistry. Topics include the determination of the Ksp of an ionic substance, chemical kinetics, binary phase diagrams and adiabatic expansion cooling of gases.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. It is recommended that students have completed CHEM 327 in order to be successful in this course. A lecture course that studies the structure and function of biological molecules. Topics include enzyme kinetics, synthesis and degradation of biological molecules, and energy production. Emphasis will be placed on enzyme mechanisms and regulation.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L. A laboratory course that develops biochemistry lab skills and techniques. Topics include biomolecule isolation and quantification, enzyme kinetics, ligand-binding and reaction equilibrium.
Prerequisite: Any combination of 2 credits of advanced lab and/or research. A seminar course that focuses on scientific writing and searching the chemistry literature. A well-documented formal report with appropriate citation on topic related to their research in chemistry or from other current chemistry literature. There will also be an oral presentation on the same topic.
Choose One (3 hrs.):
Prerequisite: CHEM 238. This lecture course studies the chemistry of all major organic functional groups in one semester. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry and some mechanisms and theory. Emphasis is placed on the reactions and their application in synthesis.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238. This lecture course is an in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, aromatics and alcohols. Topics include nomenclature, stereochemistry, mechanisms, and theory.
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Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L. This laboratory course develops organic lab skills and techniques through organic reaction experiments and characterization of organic compounds using NMR and IR spectroscopy and instrumentation.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L. This laboratory course introduces the organic lab skills and techniques with extensive hands?on experience and organic application of spectroscopy and instrumentation.
Choose four advanced topics from the following (12 hrs.): *
Prerequisite: CHEM 208. A lecture course that studies a variety of instrumental methods used in chemical analysis. Students will also develop skills and learn to apply their knowledge of analytical chemistry to solve practical problems.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. An advanced study of inorganic chemistry. Topics include reactions, kinetics, bonding, spectroscopy of inorganic 371 complexes, chemical applications of group theory, the solid state and a survey of transition metal compounds in industry and biological systems.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315 or CHEM 312. Study of the organic chemistry aspects of drug design and development. Course also introduces various classes of drugs, mechanism of action along with prodrugs, metabolism and SAR.
Prerequisite: CHEM 312. This lecture course is an advanced study in the chemistry of all major organic functional groups. Topics include spectroscopy, in-depth theory and reaction mechanisms and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315. This lecture course continues in-depth study of organic functional group chemistry of carbonyl containing compounds and amines. Topics include spectroscopy, mechanisms, theory and an introduction to biochemistry and metabolic pathways.
Prerequisite: CHEM 327. A course in the study of physical chemistry designed to introduce students to advanced physical chemistry concepts. Topics of study include quantum concept of the atom, group theory, spectroscopy and statistical thermodynamics.
Prerequisite: CHEM 336. A lecture course that studies biological molecule metabolism, signal transduction, DNA replication and repair, transcription and translation. Biochemistry of selected diseases will be discussed.
Prerequisite: CHEM 412 or CHEM 415. A third semester organic course with emphasis on retrosynthetic approach and the understanding of reaction mechanisms and functional group transformations. Transition state models to understand the stereochemical outcomes of various reactions will be studied. Journal articles from recent literature will be utilized to study the total synthesis of complex organic molecules.
*Students may only select CHEM 412 or CHEM 415.
Choose four from the following advanced labs (4 hrs.):
Prerequisite: CHEM 208 and CHEM 208-L. A laboratory course that provides hands?on experience on a variety of instrumental techniques used in chemical analysis. Students will develop laboratory skills and learn to apply their knowledge to solve practical problems.
Prerequisite: CHEM 238-L. A laboratory course designed to give students hands-on experiences with substances and techniques commonly applied to inorganic compounds. Topics and techniques include the synthesis and analysis of inorganic compounds.
Prerequisite: CHEM 312 or CHEM 315 and CHEM 312-L or CHEM 315-L. Synthesis of different biologically active compound libraries and evaluation of their biological activity using cytotoxicity assays. Analysis of structure activity relationships using the data generated.
Prerequisite: CHEM 315-L or CHEM 312-L.
A laboratory course that continues development of organic lab skills and techniques. Topics covered will include multi-step synthesis, open- ended projects involving experimental design and an introduction to enzyme catalysis and stereochemical control.
Prerequisite: CHEM 327-L.
An advanced laboratory course in the study of physical chemistry. Topics and techniques include molecular spectroscopy, polymer viscosity, isotope effects and LASER techniques.
Prerequisite: CHEM 336-L. A laboratory course that develops skills in designing and carrying out biochemical experiments. Students will perform prescribed laboratory activities as well as independent research projects.
Non-Chemistry Course Requirements (16 hrs.)
It is strongly recommended that students have completed two years of high school algebra and one semester of high school trigonometry in order to be successful in this course. A study of the fundamental principles of analytic geometry and calculus with an emphasis on differentiation.
Prerequisite: MATH 231 or MATH 236. It is recommended that students receive a grade of C or better in MATH 231 or MATH 236 to be successful in this course. Continuation of Calculus I including techniques of integration and infinite series.
Co-requisite: MATH 231. The principles of Newtonian mechanics including motion, energy, and force. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisite: PHYS 211. Continuation of Newtonian mechanics, including working, 2-d motion, impulse-momentum, and circular motion. Also electrical and magnetic properties of matter, fields and forces, and DC circuits. Calculus with extensive use of vector analysis. Intended for science majors. The modeling-centered, inquiry-based workshop format — integrated laboratory and lecture — emphasizes experiment, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and cooperative learning in both small and large groups. Offered spring semester.