American Chemical Society Certified Degree in Chemistry

The ACS Certified Degree in Chemistry (Major II) is intended primarily for students preparing for graduate study in chemistry or those students planning to enter the chemical profession and wishing certification by the American Chemical Society (ACS) as having met the minimum requirements for professional training.

Undergraduate Research (Chemistry 4195) is required for this major. Registration for the Chemistry 4195 requires prior approval from the faculty member under whose direction the work is to be done. The department recommends taking Chemistry 4195 for 1 credit in the fall of the senior year and for 2 credits in the spring, but many students elect to begin a research project much sooner.


Suggested Program of Study

FIRST YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 1111 4   CHEM 1112 4
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   PHYS 1022 OR BISC 1112 4
MATH 1231 3   MATH 1232 3
UW (Writing) 1020* 4   ELECTIVE 3
      GEC** 3
TOTAL 15   TOTAL 17
         

SECOND YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 2151 3   CHEM 2152 3
CHEM 2153 1   CHEM 2154 1
PHYS 1021 or BISC 1111 4   CHEM 2122 3
GEC 3   PHYS 1022 OR BISC 1112 4
ELECTIVE 3   GEC 3
      ELECTIVE 3
TOTAL 14   TOTAL 17
         

THIRD YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 3171 3   CHEM 3172 3
CHEM 2123W 1   CHEM 3173 2
COMP. PROG. (recommended) 3   GEC 3
GEC 3   GEC 3
ELECTIVE or GEC 3   ELECTIVE or GEC 3
ELECTIVE 3      
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 14
         

FOURTH YEAR

FALL     SPRING
CHEM 4122 3   CHEM 4195 2
CHEM 4123 2   CHEM  3173 3
CHEM 3165* 3   GEC 3
CHEM 4195*** 1   GEC 3
GEC 3   ELECTIVE or GEC 3
ELECTIVE 3      
TOTAL 16   TOTAL 14
 

* UW 1020 (University Writing) is taken in the freshman year, followed by two courses (6 credits total) designated as Writing in the Discipline. The latter are departmental, GEC or elective courses with a writing component.

**GEC; General Education Curriculum requirements for Arts and Sciences students. See the Bulletin or academic advisors for acceptable courses. Currently 27-29 hours total. Chemistry majors normally fulfill the requirements in Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Sciences with the prerequisite courses for the major. A dual major of chemistry and biology would fulfill the biology requirements with 24-30 credits of biology courses beyond BISC 1111 and 1112 taken in place of the electives.

# Biochemistry 3165 may be taken in the Junior or Senior year.

***Chemistry 4195, Undergraduate Research, may be started in the Junior or Senior year.
SAMPLE CHEMISTRY ELECTIVES: 2085, 3143, 6273, 6235, 6238, 6251, and 6259
A course in a structured computer programming language is recommended

updated 2/29/12

Using Lasers to Develop Sensors

Professor of Chemistry J. Houston Miller works with his team on spectroscopy research, using beams of light to determine the presence of substances within flames and in other samples. Miller has refined a technique in which a laser beam bouncing between mirrors can provide sensitive and precise measurements of the presence of molecules within a sample. The method can be used to develop sensors, and a Pennsylvania company has employed Miller’s system in a commercial atmospheric device.

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Bulletin