The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers three undergraduate degrees. A general major leads to the Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry; the intensive major, suggested for those intending to enter the chemical profession, leads to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The department also offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology. For all majors a minimum grade of C in CHEM 111 andCHEM 112 is required. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been approved by the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Committee on Professional Training, and the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry meets ACS requirements.
Note: All four standards apply for the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. degree. The first three standards apply for the Chemistry, B.S. and the Chemistry, B.S. Chem degrees.
STAT 509 - Statistics for Engineers or STAT 515 - Statistical Methods I
CSCE 145 - Algorithmic Design I or CSCE 206 - Scientific Applications Programming
Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirement:
Bachelor of Science degrees require a minimum of 12 hours, as specified by the major program, to include:
as specified by major program
It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.
Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements:
Specified or additional College of Arts and Sciences Requirements:
Bachelor of Science degrees require the following:
A minimum of 12 hours of analytical reasoning and problem solving (ARP) (including the 6 hours of ARP from the carolina core).
A total of 6 hours of history including the 3 hours of global citizenship and multicultural understanding: historical thinking (GHS) from the carolina core.
Specified or additional program Requirements:
Courses in chemistry numbered 300 level and above to include the following:
Students who transfer into the program after completion of CHEM 331L and CHEM 332L may meet the organic chemistry requirements by completing CHEM 334L.
No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, or vocational nature may apply as credit toward degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification of inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.
The cognate is intended to support the course work in the major. The cognate must consist of twelve (12) hours of courses at the advanced level, outside of but related to the major. The cognate may be taken in one or more departments or programs, depending on the interests of the student and the judgment of the advisor.
Courses offered by departments and programs that are acceptable for cognate credit are outlined in the section titled Courses Acceptable for Cognate Credit in Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.
For cognate course offerings in other colleges, consult the appropriate sections of this bulletin. Some major programs have specific cognate requirements.
It should be emphasized that the cognate is not a second set of elective courses to be chosen at random by the student. The cognate must be approved by the major advisor as being related to the major field of study. Students are urged to consult their major advisors for specific requirements in their major.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the cognate.
For Bachelor of Science degrees, grades of D are acceptable for completion of the cognate requirement, except where restricted by the major program.
In place of the cognate a student in the College of Arts and Sciences may choose a minor consisting of at least 18 credit hours of prescribed courses. (Some minors in the sciences require a minimum of16 hours.) The subject area of the minor may be related to the major. Students pursuing interdisciplinary minors who wish to use courses in their major department for minor credit must petition the College Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions for permission to do so.
The minor is intended to develop a coherent basic preparation in a second area of study. It differs from the cognate inasmuch as the courses must be concentrated in one area and must follow a structured sequence. Interdisciplinary minors can be designed with the approval of the assistant dean for academic affairs and advising.
Courses applied toward general education requirements cannot be counted toward the minor. No course may satisfy both major and minor requirements. All minor courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher. At least half of the courses in the minor must be completed in residence at the University
A list of minor programs of study can be found at Programs A-Z.
The following courses fulfill some of the general education requirements and some cognates and must be completed for a B.S. in Chemistry degree:
CHEM 141, CHEM 142 are equivalent to CHEM 111 & CHEM 111L , CHEM 112 &CHEM 112L , and CHEM 321L.
Requirements for American Chemical Society certified degree have changed. (see exerpt below). In order to meet the laboratory experience requirements a student can either take CHEM 550L (biochemistry laboratory) or engage in undergraduate research in biochemistry or inorganic chemistry. This adds 1 credit hour to the total but can be circumvented by the already required undergraduate research requirement.
5.6 Laboratory Experience. The certified graduate must have 400 hours of laboratory experience beyond the introductory chemistry laboratory. Laboratory course work must cover at least four of the five traditional chemistry subdisciplines and may be distributed between the foundation and in-depth levels. Laboratory course work is an ideal place in the curriculum to develop the student skills described in Section 7. The laboratory experience must include synthesis of molecules, measurement of chemical properties, determination of structures, hands-on experience with modern instrumentation such as that listed in Section 4.2, data analysis, and computational modeling. Laboratory experiences should be designed to teach students to understand the operation and theory of modern instruments and use them to solve chemical problems. In a computational chemistry laboratory experience, the students would be expected to use the same principles of experiment design, execution, and data analysis characteristic of hands-on laboratory experiences. In contrast, virtual laboratory experiences that replace activities that are traditionally performed hands-on cannot be used as part of the 400 laboratory hours.
Please change as per our conversation. Due back by Noon -- Nov 21
"This is a fairly minor point: I'm a bit confused on what the hours should say for the changed section. My understanding is that the 1 hour of 550L can be waived, provided the student's 3 hours of undergrad research meet the requisite areas. In that case, shouldn't the hour total at the top say "37-38 hours" rather than "38 hours"?"
Does the following text better describe the proposed changes to the ACS-approved BS in Chemsitry? I just moved the CHEM 550L to be closer to the Undergraduate Research and modified the parenthetic remark. If you approve, feel free to copy-and-paste from here directly into the appropriate place in the APPS proposal.
2. Chemistry Major
Major Requirements (37-38 Hours)
Note: Students who transfer into the program after completion of CHEM 331L and CHEM 332L may meet the organic chemistry requirements by completing CHEM 334L.
Your proposal is being returned for the following reason(s):
Please address the above and return this proposal, through all the channels, by August 28, 2016 at noon in order to be considered for approval by the Faculty Senate at the December meeting. Should your proposal not reach the committee by the stated deadline, the next Curricula and Courses review cycle will begin in September 2017. We are looking forward to your making this cycle.
Faculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Notes from Curricula and Courses Chair:
did I already kick this back to you?
Administratively returned for minor edits.
back to you
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We are moving your proposal forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair
Minor revision, no BOT, CHE, or SACS approval required.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.