2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 19, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, BS

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Jon Zubieta, 1-014 Center for Science and Technology, 315-443-4109, jazubiet@syr.edu


Philip N. Borer, Mark S. Braiman, Carlos Castañeda, Joseph Chaiken, Arindam Chakraborty, John D. Chisholm, Daniel Clark, James C. Dabrowiak, Robert P. Doyle, James 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.

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.

B.S. Degree Requirements

At least 45 credits in chemistry are required for the B.S. degree. Each student’s course of study should include the following:

Group 2

At least 3 credits in a lecture course chosen from

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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