Bachelor of Science in Chemistry Degree
Because the study of chemistry provides students with both the knowledge of the composition, properties and transformations of chemicals and the ability to analyze, synthesize and quantitate, chemistry is a science central to all other scientific fields.
The primary mission of the Chemistry major at Columbia College is to prepare students for employment in the chemical industry or in chemical education by providing them with a clear understanding of the underlying principles of chemistry and the ability to use analytical skills to produce this insight. Because the principles and theories of chemistry are emphasized in the program, students are also furnished with a strong foundation for graduate and professional study in chemistry or health-related professions.
Students who have completed the B.S. program in Chemistry from Columbia College should possess:
- An understanding of the composition, properties and transformations of inorganic and organic chemical substances.
- An understanding of chemical principles, models and theories used to rationalize and predict chemical phenomena.
- Proficiency in laboratory skills including chemical synthesis, instrumental analysis and quantitative measurement.
- The ability to properly observe experiments, record results, and critically interpret those results through the use of mathematical and statistical analysis.
- Competence in scientific writing and oral presentations; familiarity with the use of chemical literature.
- An understanding of the importance of ethics and values in their professional lives.
- The proper background for employment in chemistry-related technical, industrial or educational fields.
- The foundation to continue graduate study in chemistry-related fields or professional health-related programs.
General Education Requirements
38-41 sem. hrs
| ||Ethics Course Requirement |
| ||PHIL 330|| ||Ethics or |
| ||PHIL 332|| ||(ENVS 332) Environmental Ethics |
3 sem. hrs
62 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 110|| ||Chemistry I ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 111L|| ||Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Experience ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 112|| ||Chemistry II ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 112L|| ||Chemistry II Laboratory ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 306|| ||Analytical Chemistry I ||5 hrs|
| ||CHEM 307|| ||Analytical Chemistry II ||5 hrs|
| ||CHEM 310|| ||Organic Chemistry I ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 310L|| ||Organic Chemistry I Laboratory ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 312|| ||Organic Chemistry II ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 312L|| ||Organic Chemistry II Laboratory ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 322|| ||Inorganic Chemistry ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 401|| ||(PHYS 401) Physical Chemistry ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 412|| ||Advanced Experimental Chemistry ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 490|| ||Senior Seminar ||3 hrs|
| ||MATH 201|| ||Calculus and Analytic Geometry I ||5 hrs|
| ||MATH 222|| ||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II ||5 hrs|
| ||PHYS 211|| ||Calculus-Based Physics I or ||5 hrs|
| ||PHYS 111 College Physics I and |
| ||PHYS 111L College Physics I Lab |
| ||PHYS 212|| ||Calculus-Based Physics II or ||5 hrs|
| ||PHYS 112 College Physics II and |
| ||PHYS 112L College Physics II Lab |
Major Area Electives
| ||Two of these hours must be from laboratory courses (CHEM 230L, CHEM 420L, or CHEM 425L). |
| ||A maximum of three of these hours may be obtained from internships (CHEM 399 or CHEM 499). |
| ||CHEM 230|| ||(BIOL 230) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 230L|| ||(BIOL 230L) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 399|| ||Science Internship ||1-3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 420|| ||(BIOL 420) Biochemistry I ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 420L|| ||(BIOL 420) Biochemistry I Laboratory ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 422|| ||Biochemistry II ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 425|| ||Forensic Chemistry I ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 425L|| ||Forensic Chemistry I Laboratory ||2 hrs|
| ||CHEM 433|| ||Topics ||3 hrs|
| ||CHEM 499|| ||Advanced Science Internship ||1-3 hrs|
| ||CHEM || ||Directed Study 255, 256, 257, 355, 356, 357, 455,456, 457 ||1-5 hrs|
6-9 sem. hrs
| || ||120 sem. hrs|