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Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

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The study of chemistry provides students the knowledge of the composition, properties and transformations of matter, and the ability to analyze, synthesize and quantitate in this context. Because the program emphasizes the fundamental principles and theories of chemistry, as well as practical laboratory techniques and use of instrumentation, the Chemistry major at Columbia College furnishes students with the skills needed for employment in the chemical industry or in chemical education and also provides a strong foundation for graduate study in chemistry or health-related professions.

Students who have completed a degree in Chemistry from Columbia College should possess:

  1. Knowledge of the composition, properties and transformations of inorganic and organic chemical substances.
  2. Understanding of chemical principles, models and theories used to rationalize and predict chemical phenomena.
  3. Proficiency in laboratory skills including chemical synthesis, instrumental analysis and quantitative measurement.
  4. The ability to properly observe experiments, record results, and critically interpret those results through mathematical and statistical analysis.
  5. Competence in scientific writing and oral presentations; familiarity with the use of chemical literature.
  6. Understanding of the importance of ethics and values in their professional and everyday lives.
  7. The proper background for employment in chemistry-related technical, industrial or educational fields.
  8. A foundation for graduate study in chemistry-related fields or professional health-related programs.

Degree Requirements

A.

General Education Requirements

38-41 sem. hrs

  For a complete list of general education courses click here. For additional information on general education requirements click here.

  Ethics Course Requirement

3 hrs

  PHIL 330View Syllabus Ethics 3 hrs

B.

Foreign Language Requirement

6 sem. hrs

  For information on how to fulfill the foreign language requirement click here.

C.

Multicultural Requirement

3 sem. hrs

  All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

D.

Core Requirements

46 sem. hrs

  (All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses in the major cannot be taken as Pass/Fail.)
  CHEM 110View Syllabus Chemistry I 3 hrs
  CHEM 111LView Syllabus Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience 2 hrs
  CHEM 112View Syllabus Chemistry II 3 hrs
  CHEM 112LView Syllabus Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
  CHEM 306View Syllabus Analytical Chemistry 5 hrs
  CHEM 310View Syllabus Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs
  CHEM 310LView Syllabus Organic Chemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs
  CHEM 312View Syllabus Organic Chemistry II 3 hrs
  CHEM 312LView Syllabus Organic Chemistry II Laboratory 2 hrs
  CHEM 401View Syllabus Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 3 hrs
  CHEM 490View Syllabus Senior Seminar 3 hrs
  MATH 201View Syllabus Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

5 hrs
  PHYS 111View Syllabus College Physics I and 3 hrs
  PHYS 111LView Syllabus Physics I Laboratory 2 hrs
  or
  PHYS 211View Syllabus Calculus-Based Physics

5 hrs
  PHYS 112View Syllabus College Physics II and 3 hrs
  PHYS 112LView Syllabus Physics II Laboratory 2 hrs
  or
  PHYS 212View Syllabus Calculus-Based Physics II 5 hrs

E.

Chemistry Electives

5 sem. hrs

  CHEM 230View Syllabus Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry or 3 hrs
  ENVS 230View Syllabus Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

2 hrs
  CHEM 230LView Syllabus Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory or
  ENVS 230LView Syllabus Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory

  CHEM 307View Syllabus Analytical Chemistry II 5 hrs
  CHEM 322View Syllabus Inorganic Chemistry 3 hrs
  CHEM 399View Syllabus Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  CHEM 412View Syllabus Advanced Experimental Chemistry 3 hrs
  CHEM 420View Syllabus (BIOL 420) Biochemistry I 3 hrs
  CHEM 420LView Syllabus (BIOL 420L) Biochemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs
  CHEM 433Syllabus Not Available Topics 1-3 hrs
  CHEM 499View Syllabus Advanced Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  CHEM 255Syllabus Not Available Directed Study (Includes: CHEM 256,257,355-357,455-457) 1-5 hrs
  A maximum of three Chemistry Electives may be obtained from internships (CHEM 399/CHEM 499).

F.

Electives

19-22 sem. hrs

 

120 sem. hrs

G.

Total Semester Hours

120 hrs

  MATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II is recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in chemistry.

H.

ATH 222 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II 5 hours is recommended for students planning to pursue graduate study in chemistry.

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