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Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

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.

Department

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements: 38-41 sem.

  • 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 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Foreign Language Requirement: 6 sem.

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

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

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 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 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 401 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 3 hrs
  • CHEM 490 Senior Seminar 3 hrs
  • MATH 201 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

    5 hrs

  • PHYS 111 College Physics I and 3 hrs
  • PHYS 111L Physics I Laboratory 2 hrs
  • or
  • PHYS 211 Calculus-Based Physics

    5 hrs

  • PHYS 112 College Physics II and 3 hrs
  • PHYS 112L Physics II Laboratory 2 hrs
  • or
  • PHYS 212 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 hrs

Chemistry Electives 5 sem. hrs

  • CHEM 230 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry or 3 hrs
  • ENVS 230 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

    2 hrs

  • CHEM 230L Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory or
  • ENVS 230L Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory

  • CHEM 307 Analytical Chemistry II 5 hrs
  • CHEM 322 Inorganic Chemistry 3 hrs
  • CHEM 399 Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 412 Advanced Experimental Chemistry 3 hrs
  • CHEM 420 (BIOL 420) Biochemistry I 3 hrs
  • CHEM 420L (BIOL 420L) Biochemistry I Laboratory 2 hrs
  • CHEM 433 Topics 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 499 Advanced Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 255 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).

Electives 19-22 sem. hrs

  • 120 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours 120 hrs

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

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

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