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2011-2012 Catalog 
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BA

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Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences and Technology

88 credits


Admission to the Bachelor of Arts major in chemistry is selective and based upon preparation and prior academic performance. Application may be made through the chemistry department, Chemistry Building 270. Admission to the chemistry major will be in two phases. Students will be designated Phase I majors until they have completed CHEM 121, 122, 123, 351 and 352. Students will be admitted to Phase II based on their performance in Phase I. Students with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher in the Phase I courses will be given preferential admission to Phase II. Students with a grade point average below 2.5 will be considered on a case by case basis for remaining spaces in the major. See the department’s website for more details.

Students planning on careers as high school teachers must take SCED 370, 481 and 491 to earn an endorsement in chemistry, plus the secondary education program in addition to the Bachelor of Arts degree. See the Secondary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements. Because certification to teach high school now requires more than four years, advisement prior to or at the beginning of the third year is absolutely necessary to avoid lengthening the program. Students also are strongly advised to complete requirements for a broad area science endorsement by taking BIOL 204, 205, 206 and Geol 211, 212 and ASTR 103 or 315.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors. Courses required for a state teaching endorsement must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or above.

Departmental Honors

A chemistry department major who wishes to graduate with honors in chemistry must complete a one-year program of research, culminating in CHEM 498. The student must also maintain a 3.50 cumulative grade point average, submit a senior thesis and present a public seminar covering the research topic. Criteria for candidacy for departmental honors are 1) a minimum grade point average of 3.50 at the conclusion of the penultimate year and 2) acceptance for admission to the program by the chemistry department. Students who are in the University Honors Program must also satisfy these departmental requirements.

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