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Chemistry Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biochemistry prepares students for direct employment in chemical industry or for graduate programs in biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, genetic engineering or bioinformatics. Graduate programs in chemistry usually require additional course work in Physical and Inorganic chemistry. This degree is also excellent preparation for entrance into professional schools of medicine, dentistry or pharmacy.

For a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Biochemistry, a student completes 41-45 hours in chemistry and biology:

  • 30-34 hours of chemistry courses:
    • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II*
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 233 Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 338 Physical Chemistry I
    • CHEM 346 Biochemistry I- Biomolecules
    • CHEM 347 Biochemical Methods
    • CHEM 385 Scientific Information
    • CHEM 446 Biochemistry II- Metabolism
    • CHEM 499 Chemistry Research – Capstone
    • CHEM 111 will be waived for well-prepared students who go directly into CHEM 233.
         
  • 11 or 12 hours of biology including:
    • BIOL 115 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIOL 270 Genetics
    • BIOL 350 Advanced Cell Biology
         
  • 12 hours of required supporting courses:
    • MATH 225 Calculus I
    • PHYS 110-111 Elements of Physics I and II

The Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Chemistry is a contract major that prepares student for direct employment in chemical industry or for graduate programs in chemistry. It is available with cross-registration for some upper division courses subject to availability such as: Inorganic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Science and Engineering Physics. Contact the department chair for specific details.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Biochemistry can be combined with other majors.  It allows pre-PT students to complete all of the requirements for the DPT program in three years and, in addition, to complete the chemistry prerequisites for application to medical school if the career path changes in the future.

For a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biochemistry, a student completes 30 hours of chemistry:

  • 30 hours of chemistry core courses including:
    • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II*
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 233 Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 346 Biochemistry I- Biomolecules
    • CHEM 347 Biochemical Methods
    • CHEM 385 Scientific Information
    • CHEM 446 Biochemistry II- Metabolism
    • CHEM 499 Chemistry Research – Capstone
    • CHEM 111 will be waived for superior students who go directly into CHEM 233. An additional elective is required to meet the university requirement of a 30-hour major.
       
  • 11 or 12 hours of required supporting courses in math and biology:
    • MATH 117 Pre-Calculus OR MATH 225 Calculus I
    • BIOL 115 Fundamentals of Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIOL 270 Genetics

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Chemistry provides a general education with a concentration in fundamental chemistry. Students interested in entry-level careers in chemistry that do not require graduate work, or those wishing to combine a strong chemistry background with other majors such as biology or pre-physical therapy, should consider the bachelor of arts degree in chemistry.

For a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry, a student completes 30 hours of chemistry:

  • 22 hours of chemistry core courses including:
    • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II*
    • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 233 Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 385 Scientific Information
    • CHEM 499 Chemistry Research – Capstone
       
  • 8 additional hours in chemistry from the following:
    • CHEM 310 Medicinal Chemistry
    • CHEM 346 Biochemistry I - Biomolecules
    • CHEM 347 Biochemical Methods
    • CHEM 435 Molecular Spectoscopy
    • CHEM 436 Separation Methods
    • CHEM 446 Biochemistry II - Metabolism
    • CHEM 111 will be waived for well-prepared students who go directly into CHEM 233. An additional 4 hours of electives is then required to meet the university requirement of a 30-credit major.
          
  • 3 or 4 hours of required supporting courses in math:
    • MATH 117 Pre-Calculus OR MATH 225 Calculus I

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

For a Minor in Chemistry, a student completes 20 hours including:

  • CHEM 110 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 111 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 233 Analytical Chemistry

A four (4) credit elective is substituted if CHEM 111 is waived, usually either CHEM 345 Biochemistry or CHEM 434 Instrumental Analysis.

For a Minor in Chemistry with a Secondary Education Endorsement, students must take CHEM 346 Biochemistry I.

APPLICATION TO MAJOR

Students may apply for a chemistry major after successful completion (grade of C or higher) of CHEM 110 General Chemistry I and CHEM 111 General Chemistry II. Students who do not successfully complete these courses may apply upon attaining an overall C or above in the chemistry core courses, CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I and CHEM 233 Analytical Chemistry.

COMPUTER LITERACY REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general education technology proficiency, the department requires students to be proficient in computer data acquisition, structural drawing, molecular modeling and online information retrieval. This is included in required course work.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIP

In addition to ongoing student-faculty research projects on the Clarke campus, opportunities exist for chemistry majors to participate in a variety of off-campus internships and cooperative education programs. Students may be selected to do research for a semester or summer in one of many programs sponsored by government laboratories, universities and private corporations. Students may also earn cooperative education credit while working at department-approved business facilities. A maximum of three credit hours may be earned for either internships or cooperative education programs. Credit earned is in addition to the specific degree requirements.

LECTURE/LAB WITHDRAWAL POLICY

If a student wishes to withdraw from a course that has a lecture and laboratory component, the student must withdraw from both lecture and laboratory.

CHEMISTRY RESEARCH: CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT

The senior performance requirement is fulfilled upon completion of CHEM 499 Chemistry Research – Capstone. A two-credit laboratory-based project is required for successful completion of CHEM 499 for the bachelor of science degree. A one-credit library-based research project is completed for the bachelor of arts degree. Students pursuing a double major must work closely with a faculty member of each department and meet the senior performance requirement for each department.

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