College of Sciences and Health Professions

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Chemistry (B.S.)
At-a-Glance

Admission to major: No additional requirements beyond the prerequisites for the required courses

Minimum hours required for major with ACS Certification: 67

Minimum hours required for pre-professional major: 42

Minimum hours required for minor: 24

Special tracks/programs: American Chemical Society Certification, Pre-Professional Studies (pre-medical/pre-dental/pre-veterinarian or concentration in pharmaceutical sciences), Honors, Secondary Teacher Licensure programs

Advising: The Associate Chair for undergraduate programs serves as the adviser for all chemistry majors. A handbook, The Complete Chemistry Major, is available from the Chemistry Department office. Phone 216-687-2451.

Student organization: The CSU American Chemical Society Student Affiliates Chapter

Additional information: Honors General Chemistry (CHM 262H and 267H) is available to students selected by the director of General Chemistry. An honors track for Chemistry majors admitted to the Honors Program is also available. The Chemistry major may be completed in the evening. Senior Research (CHM 489) provides an opportunity in the senior year for independent research with department faculty. The department also has a vigorous seminar program.

Prerequisite Statement: It is important that the student pay particular attention to the prerequisites and corequisites in this catalog. These courses serve as essential background, and without them the student will experience significant difficulty. If a student has not satisfied the prerequisites and/or corequisites, the instructor may have the student de-registered.

Cooperative Education Program: In earning the Bachelor of Science degree with ACS certification, the Chemistry major may elect the Cooperative Education Program (see Special Programs Chapter) in order to supplement chemistry course work with employment in the chemical industry.

General Information & Schedule for Chemistry Placement Examination

Students wanting to enroll in CHM 261, General Chemistry I will need to fulfill ONE of the following pre-requisites:

  1. A minimum ACT score of 25 or SAT score of 550 on the Mathematics portion of those tests.
  2. Successful completion of CHM 251, College Chemistry I (or equivalent) or CHM, Preparatory Chemistry with a grade of C or better in either course.
  3. Take and successfully pass a standard American Chemical Society placement examination. Each student will have two chances to pass the exam, with a minimum two week interval required between attempts.

The General Chemistry I placement exam will be available, at no cost to the student, on a walk-in basis throughout the Spring and Summer semesters, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at the Academic Services/Placement Testing, RTW 289, 216-687-2272

The placement exam is approximately one hour in length and is a pencil-and-paper exam (i.e., not computerized). To take the exam, each student will need a photo ID and two #2 lead pencils.

A student who does not pass the placement exam is strongly encouraged to enroll in CHM 161 Preparatory Chemistry. After completing of CHM 161 with a grade of C or better, the student may enroll in CHM 261.

For any further information, contact Dr. Jerry Mundell in the Department of Chemistry, 216-523-7310 or j.j.reedmundell@csuohio.edu.

Major-Field Requirements


Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Track

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of chemistry, physics, and mathematics, and meets the requirements for professional certification by the American Chemical Society. This program provides the broad fundamental knowledge most suited to students planning to become professional chemists or planning to pursue graduate training.

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First Fall Semester Credits

CHM 261 General Chemistry  I

4

CHM 266 General Chemistry Lab I

1

MTH 181 Calculus I

4

ENG 101 College Writing I

3

ASC 101 Orientation

1

Total

13

   
First Spring Semester Credits

CHM 262 (or 262H) General Chemistry II

4

CHM 267 (or 267H or 278) General Chemistry Lab II

1

MTH 182 Calculus II

4

ENG 102 College Writing II

3

Elective

3

Total

15

   
Second Fall Semester Credits

CHM 331 Organic Chemistry I

4

CHM 336 Organic Chemistry Lab I

2

MTH 281 Multivariable Calculus

4

PHY 241 or 243 University Physics I

5

Total

15

   
Second Spring Semester Credits

CHM 332 Organic Chemistry II

4

CHM 337 (or 338) Organic Chemistry Lab II

2

CHM 401 Chemical Information

2

PHY 242 or 244 University Physics II

5

Elective

3

Total

16

   
Third Fall Semester Credits

CHM 311 Analytical Chemistry

4

CHM 321 Physical Chemistry I

4

CHM 316 Analytical Chemistry Lab

2

CHM 402 Biochemistry

3

Elective

3

Total

16

   
Third Spring Semester Credits

CHM 322 Physical Chemistry II

4

CHM 411 Instrumental Analysis

3

CHM 416 Instrumental Analysis Lab

4

CHM 431 Advanced Organic Chemistry

2

Total

13

   
Fourth Fall Semester Credits

CHM 426 Physical Chemistry Lab I

3

CHM 441 Inorganic Chemistry

4

CHM 446 Inorganic Chemistry Lab

2

CHM 471 Faculty Colloquium

1

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

16

   
Fourth Spring Semester Credits

CHM 427 Physical Chemistry Lab II

3

CHM 489 Senior Research

3

CHM 472 Student Colloquium

1

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

16

Electives are to meet General Education requirements for B.S. degree.

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Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Pre-Professional Studies Track

The B.S. program in chemistry for students who plan to continue graduate study in the medical sciences provides those courses required and strongly recommended by most medical schools and also affords an excellent base for students considering careers in medicine, medical research, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. This program does not lead to certification by the American Chemical Society.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry for Premedical, Predental, and Preveterinary Students

First Fall Semester Credits

CHM 261 General Chemistry I

4

CHM 266 General Chemistry Lab I 

1

ENG 101 College Writing I

3

BIO 200 Introductory Biology I 

3

BIO 201 Introduction to Biology Lab I

1

ASC 101 Orientation

1

Total

13

 
First Spring Semester Credits

CHM 262 (or 262H) General Chemistry II 

4

CHM 267 (or 267 or 278) General Chemistry Lab II

1

ENG 102 College Writing II

3

BIO 202 Introductory Biology II 

3

BIO 203 Introduction to Biology Lab II

1

Elective

3

Total

15

 
Second Fall Semester Credits

CHM 331 Organic Chemistry I

4

CHM 336 Organic Chemistry Lab I 

2

PHY 221 College Physics I

5

MTH 181 Calculus I 

4

Total

15

   
Second Spring Semester  Credits

CHM 332 Organic Chemistry II 

4

CHM 337 (or 338) Organic Chemistry Lab II

2

PHY 222 College Physics II

5

MTH 182 Calculus II

4

Total

15

   
Third Fall Semester Credits

CHM 320 Survey of Physical Chemistry

4

CHM 310 Survey of Analytical Chemistry

2

CHM 315 Survey of Analytical Chemistry Lab

2

CHM 402 Biochemistry

3

BIO 308 Cell Biology

3

BIO 309 Cell Biology Lab

1

Total

15

 
Third Spring Semester  Credits

BIO 302 Animal Biology

3

BIO 303 Animal Biology Lab I 

1

BIO 310 Genetics

3

BIO 311 Genetics Recitation

1

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

14

 
Fourth Fall Semester Credits

BIO 416 Microbiology

3

BIO 417 Microbiology Lab

2

CHM 471 Faculty Colloquium

1

Chemistry Elective
(300- or 400-level chemistry course)

4

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

16

 
Fourth Spring Semester Credits

Biology Elective
(300- or 400-level biology course)

3

Chemistry Elective
(300- or 400-level chemistry course)

4

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

16

Electives are to meet General Education requirements for B.S. degree.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Pre-Professional Studies Track - Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences

The concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences provides pre-medical, pre-dental, or pre-veterinary students experience in the pharmaceutical part of their field prior to matriculation into a medical school. This program does not lead to certification by the American Chemical Society.

The B.S. Chemistry degree with a concentration in pharmaceutical sciences allows students to complete an undergraduate degree that would generally prepare them for medical school, graduate school in chemistry, or entry into a graduate pharmacy program following graduation. It differs from the NEOUCOP program, which does not issue students an undergraduate degree, but rather provides the prerequisites to qualify for the Doctor of Pharmacy program offered through NEOUCOP, through which they may become a licensed pharmacist.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry for Premedical, Predental, and Preveterinary Students with Concentration in Pharmaceutical Sciences

First Fall Semester Credits

CHM 261 General Chemistry I

4

CHM 266 General Chemistry Lab I 

1

ENG 101 College Writing I

3

BIO 200 Introductory Biology I 

3

BIO 201 Introduction to Biology Lab I

1

ASC 101 Orientation

1

Total

13

 
First Spring Semester Credits

CHM 262 (or 272) General Chemistry II 

4

CHM 267 (or 277 or 278) General Chemistry Lab II

1

ENG 102 College Writing II

3

BIO 202 Introductory Biology II 

3

BIO 203 Introduction to Biology Lab II

1

Elective

3

Total

15

 
Second Fall Semester Credits

CHM 331 Organic Chemistry I

4

CHM 336 Organic Chemistry Lab I 

2

PHY 221 College Physics I

5

MTH 181 Calculus I 

4

Total

15

   
Second Spring Semester  Credits

CHM 332 Organic Chemistry II 

4

CHM 337 (or 338) Organic Chemistry Lab II

2

PHY 222 College Physics II

5

MTH 182 Calculus II

4

Total

15

   
Third Fall Semester Credits

CHM 310 Survey of Analytical Chemistry

2

CHM 315 Survey of Analytical Chemistry Lab

2

CHM 341 Pharmacology I

3

CHM 351 Medicinal Chemistry

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

16

 
Third Spring Semester  Credits

CHM 342 Pharmacology I

3

CHM 352 Medicinal Chemistry II

3

BIO 310 Genetics

3

BIO 311 Genetics Recitation

1

Chemistry/Biology Elective
(300- or 400-level chemistry or biology courses)

4

Total

14

 
Fourth Fall Semester Credits

CHM 402 Biochemistry

3

Chemistry/Biology Elective
(300- or 400-level chemistry or biology courses)

3

BIO 416 Microbiology

3

BIO 417 Microbiology Lab

2

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

17

 
Fourth Spring Semester Credits

CHM 455 Biotechnology Techniques

4

CHM 471 Faculty Colloquium

1

Chemistry/Biology Elective
(300- or 400-level chemistry or biology courses)

3

Chemistry/Biology Elective
(300- or 400-level chemistry or biology courses)

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total

17

Electives are to meet General Education requirements for B.S. degree.

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Certificate in Forensic Chemistry

The certificate program is designed for students who are interested in the application of scientific principles to solve problems that are related to the legal and regulatory systems. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and any person with the appropriate prerequisites for the necessary courses can earn the certificate. In order to earn a certificate in forensic chemistry, students need to complete the following courses:

*CHM 411 requires CHM 316 and a “C” or better in CHM 311 as prerequisites.

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Honors Program

The Chemistry Department participates in the Honors Program at CSU by requiring honors students who are chemistry majors (available for all tracks) to register for research courses (either CHM 379H Independent Study or, with senior status, CHM 489H Senior Research) under the guidance of a professor who acts as mentor. Honors chemistry students are required to enroll in at least 2 credit hours of research coursework each semester, for a minimum of 8 credit hours by the time of degree completion. Students are required to begin enrolling in research courses upon declaration of a Chemistry major or upon acceptance into the Honors Program. By getting involved in scientific research as soon as possible, honors students will better understand chemistry's status as a bench science and have the opportunity to participate in original, ground-breaking laboratory work.

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Secondary Teacher Licensure

Students have the option of a single field licensure in chemistry, a dual field licensure in physical science and chemistry, or an integrated science licensure with a concentration in chemistry. All licensure programs require coursework from the College of Sciences and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Services. Contact the Chemistry adviser for required science courses. Contact the Education Student Service Center for the education courses required for licensure or for information on the requirements for Post-Baccalaureate Secondary Teacher Licensure (216-687-4625 or Rhodes Tower 1401).

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Chemistry Minor

Requirements for minor:

General Chemistry (CHM 261, 262 or 262H, 266 and 267 or 267H or 278) and 14 additional credits in chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher.

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