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Chemistry

Learn the theory and practice for a career in chemistry.

Study the matter that makes up the world in which we live, work, learn, and play.

  • Overview

    Overview

    Bachelor of Science

    Chemistry is one of the three basic areas that form the foundation of all science and is essential for a complete understanding of the physical world. Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Chemistry helps you progress from basic to advanced topics, and you may choose from an array of elective courses based on personal interests and goals. Stevenson University's Chemistry program, planned in accordance with the requirements of the American Chemical Society (ACS), offers you broad selection of courses and provides an excellent background for any scientific or technological career. Laboratory work and research are emphasized throughout the curriculum. With modern instrumentation and facilities, we help you develop excellent laboratory and analytical skills, preparing you for employment in the chemical industry, graduate study in chemistry, or a career in a variety of professional arenas, including pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.

    Students receiving their bachelor's degree in Chemistry may continue on to receive their Master of Arts in Teaching from Stevenson, or pursue both a bachelor's in Chemistry and master's in Forensic Science through the university's B.S. to M.S. Option.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, graduates will be able to:

    • Apply knowledge of chemical principles to the understanding of the world at a molecular level.
    • Plan, design, and safely execute and interpret scientific experiments using the scientific method.
    • Communicate scientific knowledge in clear notebook entries, laboratory reports, and/or poster presentations.
    • Critically evaluate scientific discovery for its scientific merit and in terms of its ethical, societal, and global implications using knowledge of chemical principles.
    • Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.

    Why Study Chemistry?

    Building on their classroom and experiential educational opportunities, SU Chemistry graduates have secured positions in or admission to:

    • Chemical and biotechnology industries
    • Graduate programs in chemistry or forensic science
    • Professional programs such schools of pharmacy
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Chemistry. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement. Courses with one or more pre- or co-requisites are listed in the course description.

    Major Requirements

    • CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
    • CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 116SGeneral Chemistry II SoLVE
    • CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 210L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 211L Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 2XX Chemistry Seminar I ~
    • CHEM 2XX Chemistry Seminar II ~
    • CHEM XXX Mathematics for Physical Chemistry ~
    • CHEM 3XX Chemistry Seminar III ~
    • CHEM 3XX Chemistry Seminar IV ~
    • CHEM 310 Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 310L Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry
    • CHEM 320L Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
    • BIOCH 327 Biochemistry
    • CHEM 431 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics
    • CHEM 431L Physical Chem: Quantum Mechanics Lab
    • CHEM 432 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics
    • CHEM 432L Physical Chem: Thermodynamics Lab
    • Select two of the following three interdisciplinary laboratory options:
      • CHEM 3XXL Interdisciplinary Lab: Analytical Chemistry/Forensic Science ~
      • CHEM 3XXL Interdisciplinary Lab: Biochemistry/Physical Chemistry ~
      • CHEM 3XXL Interdisciplinary Lab: Physical Chemistry/Inorganic Chemistry ~
    • Select two CHEM electives+ selected from the following list
      • CHEM 330 Advanced Organic Chem
    And
    • CHEM 330L Advanced Organic Chem Laboratory
    • CHEM 340 Medicinal and Drug Chemistry
    • CHEM 365 Independent Lab Research in Chemistry
    • CHEM 410 Instrumental Analysis
    And
    • CHEM 410L Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
    • BIOCH 427 Advanced Biochemistry

    ~Course under development
    + Students choosing one of the 9-credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level Chemistry elective

    Senior Capstone

    Select one:

    • CHEM 450 Research Capstones
    • CHEM 460 Research Capstones
    • CHEM 460H Research Capstones
    • CHEM 455 Internship Capstones
    • CHEM 465 Internship Capstones:
    • 465H Internship Capstones

    Secondary Requirements

    • BIO 113 General Biology I*
    • BIO 113L General Biology Laboratory
    • MATH 220 Calculus I*
    • MATH 221 Calculus II*
    • PHIL 415 Professional Ethics*
    • PHYS 215 Physics I with Calculus*
    • PHYS 216 Physics II with Calculus*
    • SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar

    Chemistry Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Minor

    A minor is available in Chemistry. A student wishing to take any Chemistry course for the Chemistry minor must meet the prerequisite(s) for the particular course. Student must take six courses that count in the Chemistry major, excluding seminar and one credit courses. Please see the chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information. For specific information regarding minor requirements, please consult the minors section of the catalog.

    B.S. to M.S. option

    The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in Chemistry who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work for a master's degree in Forensic Science in the Chemistry or Crime Scene Investigation track. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degrees in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Students must formally apply for entrance into this B.S. to M.S. option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their advisor.

    Articulation Agreement

    University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
    The Department of Chemistry has an articulation agreement with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. This is for a dual-degree undergraduate-professional program (3+4) leading to a bachelor's in Chemistry from Stevenson University and a Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of MD School of Pharmacy. Under the conditions of this agreement, students attend Stevenson for three years taking courses specified by the articulation agreement. Then, if they are accepted into the pharmacy program at the University of Maryland, several of the courses in their first year at the School of Pharmacy will substitute for Stevenson courses. This will allow the students in this program to get a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Stevenson when they complete their first year at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. Please see the chair of the Department of Chemistry for more information.

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Chemistry program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Agricultural Chemist
• Environmental Chemist
• Pharmaceutical Chemist
• Forensic Scientist
• Veterinarian
• Water Treatment Specialist

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