Chemistry is one of the central physical sciences. As a Chemistry Major, you will explore matter at its most basic—as a collection of atoms. A degree in chemistry will allow you to work in pharmaceuticals, polymers/materials, forensics, education, biotechnology, and many other fields. Due to the relatively recent interest in eco-friendly living, “green chemistry” or environmentally friendly chemistry, has become one of the fastest growing fields within the discipline, and has led many students to interesting careers in a new “green” market. Many chemistry students also move on to graduate school and professional schools in the fields of medicine, dentistry, pharmaceuticals, and law.
The major is generally divided into five sub-disciplines: organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. This program will provide you with an introduction to each of these sub-disciplines. You will begin with general chemistry, transition into organic chemistry, and then complete a suite of upper level courses focusing on physical, inorganic, analytical, and biochemistry. You will also be required to take two semesters of calculus with analytical geometry and two semesters of physics. You will then be required to take five elective courses of your choice focusing on advanced topics in each of the sub-disciplines listed above or hybrids of those sub-disciplines. These advanced electives are considered introductory graduate student courses.
To fulfill the requirements for this major, you must complete a series of pre-requisites (4 courses), the core program (9 courses) as well as 5 electives of your choice (5 courses) for a total of 18 courses.
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