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Chemistry

Chemistry

B.A. or B.S. Degree

Chemistry is the central science whose boundaries reach into both biology and physics. Chemistry is the science concerned with the composition, structure, and properties of different substances, the correlation of substances’ properties to their structures, and the energy changes accompanying the transformation of these substances.

A Ferrum B.A. or B.S. in chemistry, together with the appropriate minor or supporting elective courses, will prepare a student to begin a career in business, industry, government, science, or secondary education. Students are prepared for graduate school in any of the fields of chemistry or related interdisciplinary areas such as toxicology, environmental engineering, materials science, or pharmacology. Some graduate programs in Forensic Science specify that a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry (or other natural science) is required for admission. The chemistry major also makes the student competitive for entrance into professional schools in business or law, as well as the more traditional areas such as veterinary and human medicine and pharmacy.

The Experiential Component (requirement of the major) in this program is met by successful completion of all laboratory courses specified by the major

I. (without minor) B.S. Degree

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (8 hrs.)

   BIO 101 General Biology 4
   MTH 211 Calculus
4
 

Degree Specific Requirements (7-8 hrs.)

   BIO 102 General Biology or higher 4
   MTH 221 Calculus or MTH 301 Multivariable Calculus 3-4


Required Courses

   CHM 103, 104 General Chemistry 8
   CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry 8
   CHM 341, 342 Physical Chemistry 6
   CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry 4
   CHM 315 Biochemistry 4
   CHM 425 Inorganic Chemistry 4
   CHM 412 Environmental Chemistry, 331 Forensic Science, 390/490 Selected Topics, or CHM 405 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory (E-Term only) 2-4
   CHM 195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495, 496 Independent Research 3
   PHY 203, 204 Fundamentals of Physics 8
   *NSM 307, 497, 498 Seminar 6
Total Hours in Major 53-55

 

II. (minor required) B.A. Degree

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (7-8 hrs.)

   BIO 101 or 102 General Biology 4
   MTH 203 Concepts in Calculus or MTH 211 Calculus I 3-4

Degree Specific Requirements (8 hrs.)

   PHY 201, 202 General Physics or PHY 203, 204 Fundamentals of Physics 8

Required Courses

   CHM 103, 104 General Chemistry 8
   CHM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry 8
   CHM 305 Analytical Chemistry 4
   CHM 315 Biochemistry 4
   CHM 341 Physical Chemistry 3
   CHM 425 Inorganic Chemistry 4
   *NSM 307, 497, 498 Seminar 6
   CHM 412 Environmental Chemistry, 331 Forensic Science, 405 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory, 342 Physical Chemistry, 390/490 Selected Topics, or 195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495, 496 Independent Research
2
Total Hours Required in Major 39 (minor required)

Students who intend to pursue graduate education in chemistry are strongly encouraged to pursue the B.S. degree and to take MTH 208 Introductory Statistics, MTH 301 Multivariable Calculus, MTH 302 Introduction to Linear Algebra, and MTH 303 Differential Equations in addition to the required MTH 211 Calculus I course.

Ferrum College offers teaching licensure in Chemistry (grades 6-12) through the selection of a minor in Teacher Education with specialization in Secondary Education. This licensure requires passing state mandated testing prior to enrollment in EDU 402 – The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching and EDU 403 - The Profession of Teaching: Student Teaching Synthesis. Students pursuing licensure must complete all components of the Teacher Education Minor. (See Teacher Education minor).

*Students who complete the requirements for licensure under the Teacher Education minor may substitute EDU 402 for NSM 307, 497 and 498.