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Chemistry

Professors: Arlene Courtney, Pete Poston

Associate professor: Rahim Kazerouni

 

Mission

Provides preparation for professional work in chemistry or forensic science; graduate work in chemistry or forensic science; or pre-professional training in the health sciences or secondary education. Coupling the program with an appropriate minor prepares students to enter related fields such as biochemistry, oceanography, pharmacy, toxicology and the environmental or atmospheric sciences. Through the study of general, organic, analytical and physical chemistry, students gain an understanding of the world around them.

 

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Develop competency in laboratory environments via laboratory coursework, research and practicum opportunities.
  2. Develop an awareness of historical developments in chemistry and their impact on society.
  3. Understand the current applications of chemical synthesis and analysis and their support of discovery in other scientific disciplines.

Formal admission is required for all students seeking a chemistry or chemistry-forensic chemistry option degree. Typically, application for admission will be made at the end of a student’s sophomore year by completing a degree plan with the adviser. Prior to admission, the student should have completed the set of courses below.

 

Chemistry major prerequisites:

PH 211, 212, 213 (traditional chemistry major)

PH 201, 202, 203 – or – PH 211, 212, 213 (forensic chemistry major)

MTH 251, 252

Additional information regarding these requirements should be obtained from the division. Limited courses taken at other institutions may be transferred to the program based on the course and grade obtained.

 

Chemistry major (73 credits)

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (12)

CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (12)

CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)

CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)

CH 350 Chemical Literature (1)

CH 440, 441, 442 Physical Chemistry (9)

CH 461, 462, 463 Experimental Chemistry (6)

CH 407 Seminar (1)

MTH 251, 252 Calculus I, II (10)

MTH 254 Multivariate Calculus (5)

Limited Electives (6)

CH 411, 412 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

CH 450, 451 Biochemistry I and II

CH 354 Computational Chemistry

CH 471 Chemical Instrumentation

Electives in Science, Mathematics or Computer Science (3)

Note: Preparation for a prospective chemistry major includes high school chemistry, physics and a minimum of three years of mathematics including a minimum of MTH 111 equivalency. The B.A. requires MTH 252, CS 161 and completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language course. The B.S. requires a combined total of 12 credit hours of course work in mathematics and computer science including MTH 252 and CS 161. The B.S. and B.A. require completion of the cultural diversity and writing intensive requirements. For this major the six credits of writing intensive course work should come from CH 350W, CH 407W, CH 461W and CH 462W. The sequence PH 201, 202, 203 or PH 211, 212, 213 is to be completed as the LACC science requirement.

 

Note: Chemistry majors are required to maintain a C average in their major. Forensic chemistry majors are required to maintain a C average in both major and minor.

 

Note: If a chemistry major selects mathematics as a minor, the calculus sequences 251, 252 and 254 are to be replaced by PH 211, 212, 213.

 

Chemistry minor (27-28 credits)

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (12)

CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (12)

Approved upper-division elective in chemistry (3-4)

 

Note: If a biology major selects chemistry as a minor, the general chemistry and organic chemistry sequences are to be replaced by either PH 201, 202, 203 or PH 211, 212, 213 plus 12 hours of additional upper-division biology courses.

 

Chemistry major: Forensic Chemistry option (72 credits)

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (12)

CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)

CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)

CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (12)

CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4)

CH 350 Chemical Literature (1)

CH 407 Seminar (1)

CH 409 Practicum (1)

CH 450, 451 Biochemistry (6)

CH 461, 462 Experimental Chemistry (4)

MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)

WR 321 Business and Technical Writing (4)

SP 327 Communication in the Legal Field (3)

Limited Electives (12)

CH 452 Biochemistry Laboratory

CH 354 Computational Chemistry

CH 471 Chemical Instrumentation

BI 101, 102, 103 General Biology

BI 211, 212, 213 Principles of Biology

BI 311 Genetics

BI 313 Cell Biology

BI 321 Systematic Field Biology

BI 331 General Microbiology

BI 461 Conservation Biology

BI 474 Biology of Insects

BI 476 Molecular Biology

ES 351 Geology for Educators

ES 201, 202 Principles of Geology

ES 390 Basic Meteorology

GEOG 393 Soils Geography

SP 321 Influencing through Argument

Note: The B.A. requires MTH 252, CS 121 or 160 and completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language course. The B.S. requires a combined 12 credit hours of course work in mathematics and computer science including MTH 252 and CS 121 or 160. For this major the six hours of writing intensive course work should come from CH 350W, CH 407W, CH 461W and CH 462W. The sequence PH 201, 202, 203 or PH 211, 212, 213 is to be completed as the LACC science requirement.

Forensic Science minor: Chemistry majors (27 credits)

This minor may be taken by majors in other scientific disciplines providing they complete CH 221-223, CH 334-336, and CH 313.

CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)

CH 420 Forensic Chemistry (4)

CH 430, 431, 432 Applications of Forensic Science (6)

GS 161 Technical Photography (2)

CJ 213 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

CJ 452 Criminal Procedure (4)

Forensic Science minor: Non-Chemistry majors (29 credits)

It is suggested that students pursuing this minor take BI 101 as part of their LACC science requirement. Alternatively CH 104, 105, 106 may be applied to the LACC. In this case, an additional 12 hours of science elective approved by the minor adviser may be substituted. GS 161 is highly recommended as a general education elective.

CH 104, 105, 106 Introductory Chemistry (12)

CH 320 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)

CH 430, 431, 432 Applications of Forensic Science (6)

CJ 321 Principles of Forensic Investigation (4)

CJ 452 Criminal Procedure (4)

Chemistry/Physics option: Natural Science major (72 credits)

CH 221, 222, 223 General Chemistry (12)

CH 312 Quantitative Analysis (4)

CH 313 Instrumental Analysis (4)

CH 334, 335, 336 Organic Chemistry (12)

CH 340 Elementary Physical Chemistry (4)

PH 211, 212, 213 General Physics with Calculus (12)

PH 311, 312 Introduction to Modern Physics (8)

MTH 251, 252  Calculus I and II (10)

Approved electives in the natural sciences or math (6)

Note: The B.A. requires MTH 251, CS 160 and completion of the third term of the second year of a modern language course. The B.S. requires a combined total of 12 credit hours of course work in mathematics, and computer science including MTH 251 and CS 160. The B.S. and B.A. require completion of the cultural diversity and writing intensive requirements. For this major, writing intensive should include CH 350W.

 

 

 

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