This major is available as a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in this catalog.
Since the department’s curriculum is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS), a student may select the specific set of courses that leads to an ACS-certified major. Students also have the option of meeting the major requirements with courses that more closely reflect their particular interests and more optimally prepare them for certain advanced fields of study. A chemistry major may also elect to complete a series of education and certification courses and teach chemistry at the high school level following graduation.
40 credits from within the department, plus an additional 18 credits from outside the department, for a combined total of 58 credits1:
|CHEM 210||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 211||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 321||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 322||ORGANIC CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 330||WRITING IN CHEMISTRY||4|
|CHEM 335||QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS||4|
|CHEM 340||INSTRUMENTAL METHODS OF ANALYSIS||4|
|CHEM 361||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I||4|
|CHEM 362||PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II||4|
|CHEM 350||INORGANIC CHEMISTRY I||4|
|or CHEM 440||BIOCHEMISTRY|
|Non-CHEM Requirements: 2|
|MATH 170||CALCULUS I||5|
|MATH 175||CALCULUS II||3|
|PHYS 210||INTRODUCTION TO MECHANICS||5|
|PHYS 211||INTRODUCTION TO ELECTROMAGNETISM||5|
Students seeking ACS certification must complete a total of 66 credits. In addition to the courses listed above, students must take CHEM 350, CHEM 440, and either CHEM 351 or BIOL 441. A minimum of 400 laboratory hours are also required for ACS certification.
The department also recommends that Chemistry majors take MATH 200 and MATH 210.
Student Learning Outcomes
A student who successfully completes a major in chemistry will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in four of the five traditional subdisciplines (analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, physical)
- obtain, evaluate, and use information from the scientific literature
- communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in genres appropriate to the discipline
- ask questions, design experiments, and interpret results
- demonstrate safety consciousness and safe work habits
- work productively while exhibiting high ethical standards, both as an individual and as a team member
Oregon Preliminary Teaching Licensure in Chemistry
A student majoring in Chemistry must also complete a Secondary Education major with Licensure. In order to complete the Secondary Education major with Licensure, students should begin taking education courses no later than their sophomore year. The student must be advised by faculty in both majors.