Arts & Sciences Chemistry

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College: Arts & Sciences
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation
Minor Available: Yes
Advisor: Barry Cheung
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Chemistry

COLLEGE: Arts & Sciences

MAJOR: Chemistry

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes

ADVISOR: Barry Cheung

DESCRIPTION

Chair: David Berkowitz, 551 Hamilton Hall

Vice Chair: Jody Redepenning

Professors: Berkowitz, Du, Dussault, Eckhardt, Francisco, Hage, Harbison, Langell, Parkhurst, Powers, Rajca, Redepenning, Takacs, Zeng

Associate Professors: Cheung, Griep, Lai, Li

Assistant Professors: Dodds, Guo, Morin, Sinitskii, C. Stains, M. Stains, Zhang

Professors of Practice: Kautz, Malina

Chemistry deals with the analysis, structure, properties, and synthesis of matter ranging in size from single atoms to biologically-active small molecules to DNA and proteins. A degree in chemistry prepares students for many career options: industry (research, analysis, production), teaching, graduate studies, or professional schools. Chemistry is also a valuable second major for students completing degrees in a number of science, math, or engineering disciplines. The bachelor of science (BS) is recommended for students planning graduate studies or professional careers in chemistry and is also an excellent choice for pre-medicine. The bachelor of arts (BA) program is designed for students needing undergraduate training in chemistry as preparation for professional careers outside of chemistry and fits easily into pre-medical, pre-pharmacy, pre-health, and pre-law degree programs. A degree with a chemistry emphasis is available to students enrolled in the Environmental Studies program (consult that entry for details). The chemistry department hosts a Web page with other information (scholarships, etc.) relating to the undergraduate programs at http://chem.unl.edu/undergrad/.

Laboratory Fee and Deposit. Students who enroll in chemistry laboratory courses pay a special fee to defray the cost of materials and equipment. The special fee is applied to tuition in the amounts given in the Office of the University Registrar's website at registrar.unl.edu.

Breakage Costs. Glassware and equipment that are lost or damaged by the student are charged to the students N-card for 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level classes.

Graduate Work. The advanced degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy are offered. For details, consult the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Specific Major Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Required Program of Study

Chemistry45

CHEM 101 Career Opportunities in Chemistry1

Fundamental Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis11

CHEM 113 Fundamental Chemistry I4

CHEM 114 Fundamental Chemistry II3

CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis4

Organic Chemistry10

CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry3

CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry3

CHEM 263 Organic Chemistry Lab2

CHEM 264 Organic Chemistry Lab2

Biochemistry or Chemical Biology5

CHEM 431 & CHEM 433 Structure & Metabolism & Biological Lab (5 cr) or CHEM 435 & CHEM 433 Chemical Biology & Biological Lab (5 cr)

Physical Chemistry11

CHEM 481 Physical Chemistry I4

CHEM 482 Physical Chemistry II4

CHEM 484 Physical Chemical Measurements3

Undergraduate Research2

CHEM 399 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry (at least 2 cr)2

Select one of the following combinations:5

CHEM 421 & CHEM 423 Analytical Chemistry & Lab (5 cr)

CHEM 441 & CHEM 443 Inorganic Chemistry & Lab (5 cr)

Math13

MATH 106 Calculus I5

MATH 107 Calculus II4

MATH 208 Calculus III4

Physics8

PHYS 211 General Physics I4

PHYS 212 General Physics II4

(with recommendations of PHYS 213 & PHYS 222)

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry – Required Program of Study

Chemistry35

CHEM 101 Career Opportunities in Chemistry1

General Chemistry & Quantitative Analysis12

CHEM 109 General Chemistry I4

CHEM 110 General Chemistry II4

CHEM 221 Elementary Quantitative Analysis4

Organic Chemistry8

CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry I3

CHEM 252 Organic Chemistry II3

CHEM 253 Organic Chemistry I Lab1

CHEM 254 Organic Chemistry II Lab1

Physical Chemistry4

CHEM 471 Physical Chemistry or CHEM 481 Physical Chemistry I4

Select two of the following combinations:10

CHEM 421 & CHEM 423 Analytical Chemistry & Lab (5 cr)

CHEM 431 & CHEM 433 Structure & Metabolism & Biological Lab (5 cr) or CHEM 435 & CHEM 433 Chemical Biology & Biological Lab (5 cr)

CHEM 441 & CHEM 443 Inorganic Chemistry & Lab (5 cr)

Math9-10

MATH 106 Calculus I5

MATH 107 Calculus II (4 cr) or MATH 238 Mathematical Methods for Biology & Medicine (5 cr)4-5

Physics10

PHYS 141 Elementary General Physics I5

PHYS 142 Elementary General Physics II5

NOTE: It is possible to transfer between the BS and BA programs despite the different sets of courses, but the student should visit the chemistry advisor to work out the details.

Program Assessment. In order to assist the department in evaluating the effectiveness of its programs, majors will be required in their senior year:

1. To take a standardized chemistry exam during their final year in the program. It will be administered during the middle of the spring semester at a time that is mutually agreeable to all graduating seniors.

2. To participate in an exit interview with a designated faculty member.

3. To submit a copy of the report written for CHEM 399 to the departmental office for evaluation.

The Vice-Chair will inform students of the scheduling and format of assessment activities.

Results of participation in these assessment activities will in no way affect a students GPA or graduation.

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

Grades

The grades of all chemistry courses required for the major must be C or better. The grades of all math and physics courses required for the major must be C or better.

Pass/No Pass Limits

Pass/No Pass courses are not allowed in the major or minor except for CHEM 101, CHEM 396, and/or CHEM 399.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Plan A Minor

The Plan A chemistry minor is for students with only one minor. The program of study is: completion of a freshman chemistry sequence (CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and CHEM 221 or CHEM 113, CHEM 114, and CHEM 221) plus an additional 12 hours of chemistry excluding CHEM 131, CHEM 195, CHEM 396, and CHEM 399.

Plan B Minor

The Plan B chemistry minor is for students with two or more minors. The program of study is: completion of a freshman chemistry sequence (CHEM 109, CHEM 110, and CHEM 221 or CHEM 113, CHEM 114, and CHEM 221) plus an additional 8 hours of chemistry excluding CHEM 131, CHEM 195, CHEM 396, and CHEM 399.