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Chemistry Major

The B.S. in Chemistry Degree

In 2010, Clayton State University began offering a B.S. degree in Chemistry. The chemistry major is designed to meet the admissions standards and requirements of graduate and professional programs and to prepare students for a variety of careers. Along with providing a required core of classes in chemistry, the program includes a rigorous background in physics and mathematics that will allow our students to succeed in their chosen career. Upper-level students choose chemistry electives and directed electives, allowing them to take courses that are appropriate for their career goals and/or earn a minor in another discipline. In addition, all students earning the Chemistry degree participate in experiential learning (internships or independent research projects) with faculty. As our society becomes increasingly technological, career opportunities for individuals with science degrees will continue to increase. Students majoring in chemistry can work in a number of areas, including government agencies and law enforcement. The major also prepares the student for further education in pursuit of graduate degrees or professional degrees in chemical-related fields such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, forensic science, environmental science, and many more!

Outcomes

After completing the B.S. in Chemistry program at Clayton State University, graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of major fields of chemistry.
  2. demonstrate a broad range of basic laboratory skills applicable to chemistry, and improved chemical research skills.
  3. demonstrate knowledge of technology related to chemistry, including laboratory instrumentation.
  4. apply knowledge of physics and mathematics to solve chemical problems.
  5. communicate scientific information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in writing.
  6. collect, evaluate and interpret scientific data, and employ critical thinking to solve problems in chemistry and supporting fields.
  7. collaborate effectively on team-oriented projects.
  8. identify and describe the impact of chemistry on society.

Major Curriculum Worksheet

B.S. in Chemistry (catalog years 2010 and later)

Courses

Course descriptions for all Chemistry courses can be found in the academic catalog.

A suggested sequence of courses for the chemistry major provides a suggestion for the the order of coursework. This is only an example of one way that the chemistry major can be completed in four years. Your course sequencing may be different. Consult your academic advisor for the best course plan for you.

The chemistry core and elective courses offered each semester are listed in the tables below:

These core courses are required for all chemistry majors, and are offered every year in the following semesters
Course Number Course Name Semester(s) Offered
CHEM 1211/L Principles of Chemistry I and Laboratory Fall, Spring, and Summer
CHEM 1212/L Principles of Chemistry II and Laboratory Fall, Spring, and Summer
CHEM 2411/L Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory Fall, Spring, and Summer
CHEM 2412/L Organic Chemistry II and Laboratory Fall, Spring, and Summer
CHEM 2500 Sophomore Chemistry Seminar Spring 18, Fall 19

CHEM 3220 or

CHEM 3230

On-campus Internship As arranged with instructor
Introductory Research As arranged with instructor
CHEM 3411 Physical Chemistry I: Thermodynamics and Kinetics Fall 18, Fall 20
CHEM 3411L Physical Chemistry Laboratory Spring 19, Spring 21
CHEM 3412 Physical Chemistry II: Quantum Mechanics Spring 19, Spring 21
CHEM 3811 Analytical Chemistry Fall 17, Fall 19
CHEM 4202 Biochemistry I Spring
CHEM 4202L Biochemistry Laboratory Spring 19

CHEM 4401L or

CHEM 4402L or

CHEM 4403L

Advanced Laboratory I: Organic Synthesis Spring 21
Advanced Laboratory II: Biochemistry Fall 19
Advanced Laboratory III: Inorganic Synthesis Spring 18
CHEM 4500 Senior Chemistry Seminar

Fall 18

CHEM 4811 Instrumental Analysis Spring 18, Spring 20
CHEM 4811L Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Spring 18, Spring 20
CHEM 4999A Senior Evaluation Fall and Spring
CHEM 4999B Senior Evaluation Fall and Spring
These elective courses are offered in the following semesters
Course Number Course Name Semester(s) Offered
CHEM 3202* Introductory Biochemistry* Fall*
CHEM 3210 Off-campus Internship As arranged with instructor
CHEM 3220 On-campus Internship As arranged with instructor
CHEM 3230 Introductory Research As arranged with instructor
CHEM 4110 Environmental Chemistry Spring 2014
CHEM 4201 Advanced Organic Chemistry Spring 2021
CHEM 4203 Biochemistry II Spring 2015
CHEM 4204 Forensic Chemistry TBA
CHEM 4205 Medicinal Chemistry Fall 2019
CHEM 4206 Polymer Chemistry Spring 2017
CHEM 4230 Chemistry Research Practicum As arranged with instructor
CHEM 4301 Inorganic Chemistry Spring 2018, Fall 2021
CHEM 4302 Solid State Chemistry TBA
CHEM 4411 Biophysical Chemistry TBA
CHEM 4412 Computational Chemistry Spring 2020
CHEM 4700 Special Topics in Chemistry Fall 2018 (Food Chemistry)

Spring 2019 (Color Chemistry)

CHEM 4812 Spectroscopy TBA

*CHEM 3202 will only count in the biology major and the chemistry minor.

Graduation Application

The graduation application for the B.S. in Chemistry degree program.

Chemistry Major Brochure

Additional information about the chemistry degree can be found in the brochure.