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BS in Chemistry


The chemistry major provides an intensive program of study in the major areas of chemistry with an emphasis on developing skills in analytical thinking and problem-solving, evaluation and interpretation of data, effective communication of scientific information, and research methodologies, while also exploring the applications of chemistry that permeate our lives.

You'll have access to modern instrumentation and gain practical experience in associated laboratory coursework. The program offers flexibility through open electives to allow you to pursue individual career goals.

You'll acquire the background and skills to prepare you for entry-level positions in chemical, pharmaceutical or academic research laboratory settings or in non-traditional settings. Your education will also prepare you for entry into graduate programs in chemistry, biochemistry, environmental science, biomedical sciences, pharmacy, secondary education, medicine and law.

Curriculum + Requirements

The program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry provides a versatile foundation on which to build many different careers. The chemistry curriculum provides technically competent chemists with a background in humanities; sufficient flexibility allows students to place some emphasis on individual career goals. To date, all upper division laboratory classes are instructed by the professor who teaches that class. As a result, Quinnipiac graduates are regarded locally to be skillful in the laboratory and very employable.

More advanced students use the chemistry degree as the base from which to seek entry into graduate programs in chemistry, medical sciences, teaching, business, environmental science, law and many other options. In our highly technological society, a fundamental knowledge of chemistry is needed to make policy decisions and transact business in government, academe, business and all other facets of living including our environment.

Students must be admitted to advanced standing by obtaining satisfactory grades in placement examinations in general chemistry, general biology and mathematics. Students may be required to take laboratory portions of some courses.

Initial placement in English and mathematics courses is determined by placement examinations and an evaluation of high school units presented. Students who do not place directly into MA 141 should take MA 140. MA 142 is strongly recommended.

Undergraduates enrolled in the chemistry major must maintain a minimum grade of C in all chemistry, physics and mathematics courses. Any required course not listed in the course description section may be considered for scheduling when the need arises. All four-credit science courses have a laboratory component. Chemistry electives must be selected with the advice and approval of the department chairperson. Open electives should be selected based upon student interests and career goals from offerings in all schools.

An independent research project chosen by the student and directed by a full-time faculty member in the department or an approved internship is required of all students in these programs. This research project or internship plays a key role for the student in developing a deeper understanding of the chemistry involved, and builds skills necessary to work independently and communicate the results of the work to a group of scientists.

Fall Semester, First Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 110 General Chemistry I (UC) 4
EN 101 Elements of Composition (UC) 3
MA 141 Calculus of a Single Variable (UC) 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3
UC Social Sciences 3
Total: 16



Spring Semester, First Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 111 General Chemistry II (UC) 4
EN 102 Elements of Composition II (UC) 3
MA 142 UC or other elective 3
UC Fine Arts 3
UC Social Science 3
Total: 16



Fall Semester, Second Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHE 215 Analytical Chemistry 4
PHY 110* General Physics I 4
UC elective 3
Total: 15



Spring Semester, Second Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 111* General Physics II 4
UC Humanities 3
QU 201 National Community 3

Total: 14



Fall Semester, Third Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 301 Physical Chemistry I 4
CHE 315 Biochemistry I 4
UC Humanities 3
Elective 3

Total: 14



Spring Semester, Third Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 302 Physical Chemistry II 4
CHE 305 Instrumental Analysis 4
QU 301 Global Community 3
Elective 3

Total: 14



Fall Semester, Fourth Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 490 Chemistry Research I 3
CHE 475 Chemistry Seminar I 1
CHE 410 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE Chemistry Elective 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total: 16-17



Spring Semester, Fourth Year

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 491 Chemistry Research II 3
CHE 476 Chemistry Seminar II 1
CHE Chemistry elective 3–4
Elective (if necessary) 3-9
Total: 14–17

Minimum number of credits required for graduation: 120

Minor in Chemistry

The highly technical nature of our daily living has increased the need for a working knowledge of chemistry in biological sciences, medical sciences, law, business, government, academia and many more areas. Students majoring in programs other than chemistry can be recognized as having additional proficiency in chemistry by successfully completing this balanced program.

Candidates must apply to the chemistry department to enter this program and be enrolled concurrently in a major undergraduate program. The program consists of a minimum of 24 credits of chemistry distributed between 20 credits of required courses and four credits of elective courses consistent with the following specifications: The minimum grade required for each course is a C-.

Required:
CHE 110/110L General Chemistry with lab (4 credits)
CHE 111/111L General Chemistry II with lab (4 credits)
CHE 210-210/211-211L Organic Chemistry I-II with lab (8 credits)
CHE 215/215L Analytical Chemistry with lab (4 credits)

Electives (select one of the courses listed or its equivalent)
CHE 301/301L Physical Chemistry I with lab (4 credits)
CHE 305/305L Instrumental Analysis with lab (4 credits)
CHE 315/315L Biochemistry I with lab (4 credits)