Chemistry

Requirements for the Majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Physics. Susquehanna offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical physics. Two biochemistry tracks are available: an ACS-Certified track and a Biology-Intensive track. The ACS-Certified track includes courses that cover properties of metals, spectroscopic techniques and instrumental methods that will prepare students for careers or graduate programs in the areas of biochemistry or biophysics. The Biology-Intensive track includes courses that will offer a solid foundation in chemical principles in addition to biological systems and will prepare students for careers or graduate programs in the biological sciences or biochemistry, or the health care professions.

Double-counting restriction: students pursuing a chemistry or biochemistry major in the chemistry department may double-count a maximum of 16 semester hours toward another major or minor.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry requires the following courses, with grades of C- or better:

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4      General Chemistry I - choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111

4      General Chemistry II - choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232

4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
4 CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II
4 CHEM-242 Methods of Chemical Analysis
4 CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I
4 CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
4 CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

4     PHYS-203 or PHYS-204 Introductory Physics I (Calculus-based)

4      PHYS-206 Introductory Physics II (Calculus-based)

4      Four semester equivalents of CHEM-505 Seminar

0-8 Mathematics through MATH-112 Calculus II

2      CHEM-400 Research Experience

2      CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry

Other chemistry courses selected to fulfill career goals.

A student may qualify to graduate as an American Chemical Society certified professional chemist by completing CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis and CHEM-422 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids or CHEM-426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes, and one advanced senior course beyond the Bachelor of Arts courses in chemistry.

Requirements for the Majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Susquehanna offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical physics. Two biochemistry tracks are available: an ACS-Certified track and a Biology-Intensive track. The ACS-Certified track includes courses that cover properties of metals, spectroscopic techniques and instrumental methods that will prepare students for careers or graduate programs in the areas of biochemistry or biophysics. The Biology-Intensive track includes courses that will offer a solid foundation in chemical principles in addition to biological systems and will prepare students for careers or graduate programs in the biological sciences or biochemistry, or the health care professions.

Double-counting restriction: students pursuing a chemistry or biochemistry major in the chemistry department may double-count a maximum of 16 semester hours toward another major or minor.

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with American Chemical Society certification requires a minimum of 49 semester hours in chemistry. Students will meet the requirements for the degree by completing the following courses: all courses required for the Bachelor of Arts degree; CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis, one biochemistry course from among CHEM-422 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids, CHEM-424 The Biochemistry of Metabolism or CHEM-426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes; and one elective course from among CHEM-300 Topics in Chemistry, CHEM-302 Medicinal Chemistry, CHEM-303 Scientific Ethics, Blunders, and Fraud, CHEM-304 Pharmaceutical Chemistry, CHEM-305 Forensic Chemistry or CHEM-306 Nanoscience. In addition, students will complete, a minimum of four semester hours of CHEM-400 (to be completed during the junior and/or senior year), (including the two semester hours required for the Bachelor of Arts degree), and either MATH-201 Linear Algebra or MATH-353 Differential Equations. All required courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

A student completing a double major that includes a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry may replace CHEM-500 with a capstone in the second major.

The Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry requires the following courses, with grades of C- or better:

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4      CHEM-101 General Chemistry I, or CHEM-103 General Chemistry I Teams or CHEM-111 General Chemistry I Teams WS

4      CHEM-102 General Chemistry II, or CHEM-104 General Chemistry II Teams or CHEM-112 General Chemistry Teams WS

4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
4 CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II
4
4 CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I
4 CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
4 CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

4     PHYS-204 Introductory Physics I (Calculus-based)

4      PHYS-205 Introductory Physics II (Calculus-based)

4      Four semester equivalents of CHEM-505 Seminar

0-8 Mathematics through MATH-112 Calculus II

Other chemistry courses selected to fulfill career goals.

A student may qualify to graduate as an American Chemical Society certified professional chemist by completing CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis and CHEM-422 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids or CHEM-426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes, and one advanced senior course beyond the Bachelor of Arts courses in chemistry.

Minors. Students minoring in chemistry complete five courses: General Chemistry I (CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111) and General Chemistry II (CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232), CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I, CHEM-242 Methods of Chemical Analysis, or CHEM-311 Analytic Chemistry, and either CHEM-222 Organic Chemistry II or CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I.

Double-counting restriction: students majoring in chemical physics may not double-count courses towards a chemistry or physics minor.

Secondary Teaching Certification. The Chemistry Department offers secondary teaching certification for both chemistry and biochemistry majors.

Coursework required by the state of Pennsylvania for admission to the teacher certification program includes successful completion of ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking or equivalent course, at least 3 semester hours in British or American literature, at least 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework (or other courses which satisfy the Central Curriculum Analytical Thought requirement), and at least one 40-hour externship. Education course requirements for secondary education are EDUC-101 Introduction to Education and Society, EDUC-102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, EDUC-250 Educational Psychology, EDUC-260 Introduction to Special Education, EDUC-270 Instruction of Exceptional Students, EDUC-330 Technology in Education, EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction, EDUC-380 Instructional Design, EDUC-424 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Teaching Science, EDUC-479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education, EDUC-483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education, and the EDUC-500 Student Teaching Package (EDUC-501, EDUC-502, EDUC-503, and EDUC-600).

In addition, secondary education chemistry students complete all of the usual requirements for the chemistry or biochemistry major, except for CHEM-400, and CHEM-500 (which is fulfilled with EDUC-500 Student Teaching Package). While not required, it is recommended that secondary education students complete at least 2 semester hours of CHEM-400.