When you enroll at Susquehanna, you’ll be paired with an advisor and application tool to guide you in your course planning and scheduling. The following is an excerpt from the complete course catalog. Enrolled students follow the requirements of the course catalog for the academic year in which they declare each major and/or minor, consult with their advisor(s) and the Academic Planning Tool.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply appropriate chemical and physical models to make predictions or draw conclusions regarding chemical systems or phenomenon. Examples of chemical systems are compound formation (synthesis), energy transfer, equilibrium composition, various physical properties, chemical reactivity, etc.
- Demonstrate mastery of laboratory skills and execute common experimental techniques.
- Demonstrate the ability to design, prepare, execute and adjust experiments.
- Describe the theoretical and operational principles of common laboratory instrumentation such as NMR, FT- IR, UV-Vis, AA, fluorescence spectrometers, GC-MS, HPLC and electrochemical analysis instrumentation, as well as their typical uses, sensitivities and limitations. Interpret the data collected with such instrumentation.
- Find topic-specific chemical literature, interpret and evaluate chemical studies as described in scientific journals, and describe these conclusions through written and oral presentations.
- Analyze and interpret data to detect trends, evaluate the quality of data and reach scientifically valid conclusions.
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.
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 biochemistry requires the following courses with grades of C- or better:
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-426 The Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes and CHEM-427 Biochemistry of Proteins and Enzymes Laboratory
4 CHEM-422 Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid and CHEM-423 The Biochemistry of Nucleic Acid Lab or CHEM-424 The Biochemistry of Metabolism and CHEM-429 Biochemistry of Metabolism Lab
4 Four semester equivalents of CHEM-505 Seminar
4 Introductory Physics I: Calculus (Choose from: PHYS-203 or PHYS-204)
4 Introductory Physics II: Calculus (PHYS-206)
4 BIOL-102 Cell Biology and Genetics
4 CHEM-400 Research Experience
2 CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry
0-8 Mathematics through MATH-112 Calculus II
In addition to the courses outlined above, students will complete one of the following two options.
Biology Intensive Track
12 Semester hours of biology courses beyond BIOL-102, at least 8 of which must be at or above the 300 level (excluding BIOL-501 and BIOL-510)
4 Semester hours of biology courses beyond BIOL-102, at or above the 300 level (excluding BIOL-501 and BIOL-510)
4 CHEM-450 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
4 CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II or CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis
A student completing a double-major that includes a B.S. in Biochemistry may replace CHEM-500 with a capstone in the second major.
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-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.
Students must select at least four courses from the following list, with at least one course from each department and no more than two courses from a single department. Students may take additional courses as long as the total number of semester hours in the major does not exceed 64.
4 CHEM-306 Nanoscience
4 CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis
4 MATH-211 Multivariate Calculus
4 MATH-353 Differential Equations
4 PHYS-101 Introduction to Digital and Analog Electronics
4 PHYS-195 Independent Thought and Exploration in Physics
4 PHYS-306 Modern Physics