Bachelor in Chemistry

Ohio Wesleyan University

Program Description

Bachelor in Chemistry

Ohio Wesleyan University

Bachelor in Chemistry

“The synthesis of molecules puts chemistry very close to the arts. We create the objects that we or others then study or appreciate.”

– Roald Hoffmann

Chemistry allows us to understand the way atoms and molecules behave and how those behaviors lead to everything we know and love. It is the study of matter and all of the changes that matter can undergo. Chemistry majors strive to understand diverse phenomena from a molecular point of view.

About the Majors

OWU offers two distinct majors in chemistry to meet the educational and career goals of students.

  • Basic Chemistry prepares you to enter various positions in the chemical industry, enter some graduate programs, and to teach high school chemistry.
  • ACS-Certified Chemistry meets the recommendations of the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training. By completing this major, you will be certified by the American Chemical Society. ACS-certified majors are particularly attractive to industry. With the more extensive curricular development of this major, students are also better prepared for graduate study in chemistry and for industrial research. This major is strongly recommended for students pursuing a career in chemistry.

Chemistry Major (B.A.)

The B.A. Chemistry Major is designed for students who wish to obtain a chemistry background that is ancillary to another major or area of interest. This requires sufficient breadth and depth in chemistry while still providing flexibility in the choice of courses in order to meet students’ needs and interests. This major is appropriate for students intending to pursue careers in medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, secondary education, industrial sales, or other fields that require or benefit from a chemistry background. This major is not intended for students planning on pursuing graduate work in chemistry or a professional career as an industrial chemist.

Learning Objectives

The Chemistry Major seeks to provide students with experiences that enable them to:

  1. achieve a solid foundation in major areas of chemistry (Organic, Analytical, Physical, Inorganic, and Biochemistry), such that they understand and can apply the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry in the various sub-disciplines and understand the central role of chemistry in the sciences.
  2. understand the relationship between molecular properties and macroscopic behavior by providing them with the skill to use chemical and mathematical symbols and equations to represent the behavior of matter at the macroscopic, molecular and atomic levels.
  3. exercise critical discernment of the key features of chemical problems and apply knowledge and judgment to solve such problems, including the design and execution of experiments and computations involving the synthesis of molecules and characterization of chemical properties and phenomena via experimental and computational techniques using modern instrumentation and computer technologies.
  4. communicate effectively, including accessing and using major information sources of the discipline, conveying (orally and in writing) the results of scientific inquiry in a clear and professionally acceptable manner, and working cooperatively with others in team settings.
  5. prepare for professional attainment.

Major Requirements

These courses are required:

5 from:

  • CHEM 110 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 260 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 270 - Analytical Chemistry

2 from:

  • MATH 110 - Calculus I
  • MATH 111 - Calculus II

2 from:

  • PHYS 110 C - General Physics for Physical Science Majors I
  • PHYS 111 C - General Physics for Physical Science Majors II

or 2 from:

  • PHYS 115 - Principles of Physics I
  • PHYS 116 - Principles of Physics II

Electives:

3 from the following:

  • CHEM 340 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 341 - Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 350 - Physical Chemistry I /CHEM 352 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 351 - Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 460 - Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 470 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM 490 - Independent Study
  • CHEM 491 - Directed Readings
  • (with at least one from CHEM 340, CHEM 350/CHEM 352, and CHEM 470)

Note(s):

Recommendations. Students electing to do the Basic Major are encouraged to increase their curricular development by taking additional science courses, particularly if they wish to pursue graduate work in chemistry. In selecting those courses students should consult with their academic advisors and the chemistry faculty.

When possible, chemistry majors are encouraged to complete courses such as CHEM 340 and CHEM 351 by the end of their junior years. This schedule will maximize the value of research experiences available both within and outside of the department.

Students interested in graduate study in chemistry should demonstrate their mastery of the discipline by taking the chemistry (subject) test of the Graduate Record Examination by December of the senior year.

Chemistry, ACS Certified Major

The B.S. ACS-Certified Chemistry Major is designed for students intending to pursue professional careers in the chemical industry, graduate work in chemistry, or other fields that require an intensive chemistry background, with a foundation in all five of the major subdisciplines of chemistry and substantial development through in-depth coursework.

Learning Objectives

Chemistry Major Learning Goals / Objectives

The Chemistry Major seeks to provide students with experiences that enable them to:

1. achieve a solid foundation in major areas of chemistry (Organic, Analytical, Physical, Inorganic, and Biochemistry), such that they understand and can apply the fundamental laws and theories of chemistry in the various sub-disciplines and understand the central role of chemistry in the sciences.

2. understand the relationship between molecular properties and macroscopic behavior by providing them with the skill to use chemical and mathematical symbols and equations to represent the behavior of matter at the macroscopic, molecular and atomic levels.

3. exercise critical discernment of the key features of chemical problems and apply knowledge and judgment to solve such problems, including the design and execution of experiments and computations involving the synthesis of molecules and characterization of chemical properties and phenomena via experimental and computational techniques using modern instrumentation and computer technologies.

4. communicate effectively, including accessing and using major information sources of the discipline, conveying (orally and in writing) the results of scientific inquiry in a clear and professionally acceptable manner, and working cooperatively with others in team settings.

5. prepare for professional attainment.

Major Requirements

Required:

10 from:

  • CHEM 110 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 260 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 270 - Analytical Chemistry
  • CHEM 340 - Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 341 - Biochemistry II
  • CHEM 350 - Physical Chemistry I /CHEM 352 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 460 - Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 470 - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

2 from:

  • MATH 110 - Calculus I
  • MATH 111 - Calculus II

2 from:

  • PHYS 110 C - General Physics for Physical Science Majors I
  • PHYS 111 C - General Physics for Physical Science Majors II

1 from:

  • BIOL 120 - Introduction to Cell Biology

Recommended:

1 from:

  • MATH 210 - Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 270 - Linear Algebra
  • MATH 280 - Differential Equations

Electives:

1 from:

  • CHEM 490 - Independent Study *(biochemistry-related)
    • *BOMI 490/ZOOL 490 may substitute for CHEM 490 with Chemistry Department approval
  • CHEM 491 - Directed Readings (biochemistry-related)

2 from:

  • BOMI 280 - Medical Microbiology
  • BOMI 326 - Plant Physiology
  • BOMI 328 - Bacterial Physiology
  • BOMI 353 - Molecular Genetics
  • BOMI 357 - Molecular Biology of Viruses
  • ZOOL 333 - Developmental Biology
  • ZOOL 351 - Cell and Molecular Biology
  • ZOOL 356 - Immunology

Recommendations

Students interested in graduate study in chemistry should demonstrate their mastery of the discipline by taking the chemistry (subject) test of the Graduate Record Examination by December of the senior year.

Students interested in teaching high school chemistry are required to meet chemistry licensure requirements. The specific requirements are available from the Education Department.

Think Big

Conduct independent research under the guidance of a faculty member in areas as diverse as computer modeling, synthesis, and analysis of inorganic complexes, design and testing of probes for environmental analysis, synthesis of complex organic molecules, and chemical modification of proteins.

Participate in the Summer Science Research Program, a 10-week intensive program, and present your results at the Patricia Belt Conrades Summer Science Research Symposium in the fall.

Go Global

You can take Travel-Learning Courses that combine classroom exploration with on-the-ground practical experiences. Chemistry professors have brought students to Germany and Italy.

You also can receive OWU Connection Grants to conduct research in labs, universities, and other organizations around the world.

Get Real

Build your experience and connections to the professional world with internships at research centers, universities, and other organizations.

Recent OWU students have completed internships at the Mayo Clinic, Nationwide Children's Hospital, and the Field Museum in Chicago.

A Look at Chemistry

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Last updated August 30, 2018
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Sept. 2019
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58,190 USD
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