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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

The study of chemistry provides students with 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 or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 332 Environmental Ethics or 3 hrs
  • PHIL 330 Ethics 3 hrs

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

  • All courses that meet this requirement can be found here

Core Requirements 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 Introduction to Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics 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 111 College Physics I and 3 hrs
  • PHYS 111L PHYS 111L College Physics I Lab 2 hrs
  • or
  • PHYS 211 Calculus- Based Physics 5 hrs
  • PHYS 112 PHYS 112 College Physics II and 3 hrs
  • PHYS 112L PHYS 112L College Physics II Lab 2 hrs
  • or
  • PHYS 212 Calculus-Based Physics II 5 hrs

Chemistry Electives 8 hrs

  • CHEM 230 (BIOL 230) Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry or 3 hrs
  • ENVS 230 Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

    3 hrs

  • CHEM 230L Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory or 2 hrs
  • ENVS 230L Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Laboratory

    2 hrs

  • CHEM 399 Science Internship 1-3 hrs
  • CHEM 420 Biochemistry I 3 hrs
  • CHEM 420L Biochemistry 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 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
  • Note(s):
  • Two hours of Chemistry Electives must be from laboratory courses. A maximum of three of these hours may be obtained from internships (CHEM 399/CHEM 499)

Electives 6-9 sem. hrs

Total Semester Hours 120 sem. hrs

Locations

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