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  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Chemistry, BS


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Chair:

Timothy M. Korter, 1-014 Center for Science and Technology, 315-443-0269, tmkorter@syr.edu

Faculty

Mark S. Braiman, Carlos Castañeda, Joseph Chaiken, Arindam Chakraborty, John D. Chisholm, Robert P. Doyle, John M. Franck, James L. Hougland, Bruce S. Hudson, Tara Kahan, James Kallmerten, Ivan V. Korendovych, Timothy M. Korter, Yan-Yeung Luk, Mathew M. Maye, Karin Ruhlandt, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Nancy I. Totah, Weiwei Zheng, Jon Zubieta

Chemistry, the science concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic, elemental, and molecular systems, is taught through courses in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and through direct participation in original research.

Chemistry, the science concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic, elemental, and molecular systems, is taught through courses in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and through direct participation in original research. Undergraduate majors in chemistry may elect one of three programs, two leading to a B.A. degree, with an emphasis in either chemistry or biological chemistry, and one to the B.S. degree. Either B.A. degree program requires fewer credits in chemistry than the B.S. option, and yet provides a foundation in the discipline adequate for either immediate professional engagements or for graduate studies. Students studying for a B.S. degree in chemistry gain a more extensive background as they fulfill a broader range of requirements; they must file a petition with the department chair indicating their intent to secure the B.S. degree before it can be awarded.

Students interested in a B.S. degree in biochemistry should see the biochemistry section here .

For information about certification to teach chemistry at the secondary school level, see Education/Arts and Sciences (dual program) in this section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Develop problem solving skills

2. Perform accurate and precise quantitative measurements

3. Use modern instruments for chemical separation and analysis

4. Interpret experimental results and draw reasonable conclusions

5. Analyze data statistically and assess reliability of results

6. Anticipate recognize, and respond properly to hazards of chemical manipulations

7. Design experiments

8. Search and use scholarly chemical literature and databases

9. Communicate effectively through oral and written reports

10. Work effectively in small groups

11. Perform laboratory research

12. Adhere to ethical behavior

13. Learn content of sub-discipline: analytical chemistry

14. Learn content of sub-discipline: inorganic chemistry

15. Learn content of sub-discipline: organic chemistry

16. Learn content of sub-discipline of: physical chemistry

17. Learn content of sub-discipline: biochemistry

18. Develop laboratory skills in synthesis and characterization of chemical compounds

19. Develop laboratory skills in chemical and instrumental methods of analysis

20. Develop laboratory skills in physical chemistry

21. Develop laboratory skills in biochemistry

22. Learn about the impact of chemistry on society

B.S. Degree Requirements


To declare a B.S. major in Chemistry (including Medicinal Chemistry track), a student must satisfy either of the following two requirements:

1) Earn a grade of C+ or better in General Chemistry lecture and laboratory courses (CHE106/107/116/117 or honors equivalents, or AP credit for CHE106/107/116/117) AND earn a grade of C or better in CHE 275;

-OR-

2) Earn a grade of A- or better in a General Chemistry lecture course (CHE106/116/109/119) taken at Syracuse University.

Additional Information


If taken in an appropriate area of research, additional credit in CHE 450  beyond the 3 credits required in (1) above may be substituted for up to 4 laboratory credits with the department’s approval.

B.S. Degree Requirements: Medicinal Chemistry Track


At least 37 credits in chemistry are required for the B.S. degree with the Medicinal Chemistry Track. Each student’s course of study should include the following:

One year of calculus:


Degree with Distinction


Distinction in Chemistry is awarded by the chemistry department upon completion of the chemistry major and a high-quality chemistry thesis. The thesis will be evaluated and judged by a committee consisting of the research advisor and two other chemistry faculty members. Other requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 by the end of the senior year, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in chemistry department courses. See Professor Totah for additional requirements.

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