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Department of Chemistry Programs of Study

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
(Professional Biochemistry Track
certified by the American Chemical Society)

Core Courses (43/44 - 46/47 hours
+ 16 credit hours of prerequisites = 59/60 - 62/63 total hrs

  • Chemistry Major: 35 - 38 semester hours composed of:

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206) PLUS Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315)

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CHM 381, 3 credit hours)

    Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 382, 2 credit hours)

    Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532) OR MTH 545 Differential Equations (3 credits) and MTH 529 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Inorganic Chemistry I (CHM 451, 3 credit hours)Instrumental Analysis (CHM 456)

    Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (CHM 466)

    Directed Independent Research I and II (CHM 496 and CHM 497, 3 credit hours total; Note: At least one credit of CHM 497 is required.)

  • One course from this list:

    Bioorganic Chemistry (CHM 523, 3 credits)

    Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (CHM 575, (3 credits)

  • One course from this list:

    Genetics (BIO 317, 3 credits)

    Cell Structure and Function (BIO 362, 3 credits)

    Molecular Biology (BIO 417, 3 credits)

    Cell Biology: Regulatory Mechanisms (BIO 532, 3 credits)

  • Prerequisite courses (for Physical Chemistry I, CHM 341)

    Calculus I & II (MTH 245 & 246)

    General Physics I & II (PHY 211 & 212)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
(Professional Chemistry Track
certified by the American Chemical Society)

Courses (43/44 - 46/47 hours
+ 16 credit hours of prerequisites = 59/60 - 62/63 total hrs)

  • Chemistry Major: 35 - 38 semester hours composed of:

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206) PLUS Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315)

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CHM 381, 3 credit hours)

    Either:Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532)
    Or:MTH 545 Differential Equations (3 credits) and MTH 529 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Inorganic Chemistry I (CHM 451, 3 credit hours)

    Instrumental Analysis (CHM 456) and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (CHM 466)

    Directed Independent Research I and II (CHM 496 and CHM 497, 3 credit hours total; Note: At least one credit of CHM 497 is required.)

  • One physical chemistry elective from this list:

    Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 444, 2 credit hours)

    Chemical Thermodynamics (CHM 445, 2 credit hours)

    Statistical Mechanics (CHM 446, 2 credit hours)

    Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules (CHM 447, 2 credit hours)

    Group Theory (CHM 448, 2 credit hours)

    Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (CHM 543, 2 credit hours)

    Quantum Chemistry (CHM 544, 2 credit hours)

    Advanced Kinetics (CHM 545, 2 credit hours)

    Chemical Applications of Spectroscopy (CHM 548, 2 credit hours)

    Computational Chemistry (CHM 549, 2 credit hours)

  • Additional lecture elective(s) totaling 3 or more credit hours from this list:

    Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 351, 2 credit hours)

    Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 382, 2 credit hours)

    Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (CHM 421, 3 credithours)

    Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 444, 2 credit hours)

    Chemical Thermodynamics (CHM 445, 2 credit hours)

    Statistical Mechanics (CHM 446, 2 credit hours)

    Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules (CHM 447, 2 credit hours)

    Group Theory (CHM 448, 2 credit hours)

    Inorganic Chemistry II (CHM 502, 3 credit hours)

    Advanced organic Chemistry: Synthetic Organic Methods (CHM 521, 3 credit hours)

    Bioorganic Chemistry (CHM 523, 3 credit hours)

    Organic Spectroscopic Analysis (CHM 525, 3 credit hours)

    Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (CHM 543, 2 credit hours)

    Quantum Chemistry (CHM 544, 2 credit hours)

    Advanced Kinetics (CHM 545, 2 credit hours)

    Chemical Applications of Spectroscopy (CHM 548, 2 credit hours)

    Computational Chemistry (CHM 549, 2 credit hours)

    Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (CHM 575, 3 credit hours)

  • Prerequisite courses (for Physical Chemistry I, CHM 341)

    Calculus I & II (MTH 245 & 246)

    General Physics I & II (PHY 211 & 212)

BS Science Degree (Generalist Track)

The Field of Concentration for Degree of Bachelor of Science "Generalist Track"
(Total of 35 - 38 credit hours of chemistry + 16 credit hoursof prerequisites = 51 - 54 total hrs)

  • Chemistry Major: 35 - 38 semester hours composed of:

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206) PLUS Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315)

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532)

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Instrumental Analysis (CHM 456) and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (CHM 466).

  • One additional laboratory elective from this list:

    Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 351, 2 credit hours)

    Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 382, 2 credit hours)

    Physical Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 444, 2 credit hours)

    Chemical Applications of Spectroscopy (CHM 548, 2 credit hours)

  • Additional lecture elective(s) totaling 3 or more credit hours from this list:

    Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 351, 2 credit hours)

    Fundamentals of Biochemistry (CHM 381, 3 credit hours)

    Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 382, 2 credit hours)

    Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (CHM 421, 3 credit hours)

    Chemical Thermodynamics (CHM 445, 2 credit hours)

    Statistical Mechanics (CHM 446, 2credit hours)

    Physical Chemistry of Macromolecules (CHM 447, 2 credit hours)

    Group Theory (CHM 448, 2 credit hours)

    InorganicChemistry I (CHM 451, 3 credit hours

    Chemical Literature (CHM 470, 1 credit)

    Inorganic Chemistry II (CHM 502, 3 credit hours)

    Environmental Chemistry and Natural Resources (CHM 506, 3 credit hours)

    Advanced organic Chemistry: Synthetic Organic Methods (CHM 521, 3 credit hours)

    Bioorganic Chemistry (CHM 523, 3 credit hours)

    Organic Spectroscopic Analysis (CHM 525, 3 credit hours)

    Polymer Chemistry (CHM 527 3 credits)

    Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (CHM 543, 2 credit hours)

    Quantum Chemistry (CHM 544, 2 credit hours)

    Advanced Kinetics (CHM 545, 2 credit hours)

    Chemical Applications of Spectroscopy (CHM 548, 2 credit hours)

    Computational Chemistry (CHM 549, 2 credit hours)

    Nucleic Acid Biochemistry (CHM 575, 3 credit hours).

  • Prerequisite courses (for Physical Chemistry I, CHM 341)

    Calculus I & II (MTH 245 & 246)

    General Physics I & II (PHY 211 & 212)

Chemistry Education Major



  • Specific Requirements for Admission to the Chemistry are completion of:

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206) PLUS Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315)

  • Supporting Courses:

    Prerequisites beyond CHM 321 - 324 (Organic Chemistry):

    MTH 245 Calculus I

    MTH 246 Calculus II

    PHY 211 General Physics I

    PHY 212 General Physics II are prerequisites for all courses beyond CHM 321 - 324 (Organic Chemistry)

    Required:

    BIO 211 General Biology: Molecular and Cellular

    ATS/EVS 113 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences

    ATS/EVS 114 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory

    Or: ATS/EVS 443 Environmental Geology are required

    Students must complete the requirements for a secondary teaching endorsement. Please consult the Education Department for the most recent list of required courses.

  • If you are interested in becoming a secondary education teacher with an endorsement in chemistry:

    you must carefully plan your four-year schedule in order to assure graduation on your target date. You should begin working with an adviser from the Education Department and one in the Chemistry Department in your sophomore year. An overview of the steps involved in becoming a chemistry teacher are summarized below:

    1. Contact Education Department and get assigned an adviser. (Sophomore year)
    2. Register for the Pre-Professional Skills Test in the Education Department. (Sophomore year)
    3. Apply for major in chemistry education. (Sophomore year)
    4. Apply for admission to Education Department. (done while enrolled inEDU 207, Educational Psychology)
    5. Upon completion of EDU 207, file an Education Plan with your education adviser.
    6. Complete retention forms. (while enrolled in methods classes)
    7. Apply for student teaching (usually done in your final semester)
    8. In the semester prior to when you intend to student teach (deadlines: Fall – March 15; Spring – October 1)
    9. Register with the Teacher Placement Office. (during semester prior to graduation)
    10. Apply for a State of Nebraska Teaching Certificate.
  • Chemistry courses required for the chemistry education major:

    CHM 315 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits) – waived for students who have completed CHM 285 & 286

    CHM 321 Organic Chemistry I (3 credits)

    CHM 322 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1 credit)

    CHM 323 Organic Chemistry Lecture II (3 credits)

    CHM 324 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1 credit)

    CHM 341 Physical Chemistry I (3 credits)

    CHM 342 Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (2 credits)

    CHM 532 Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (3 credits)



Suggested Four-Year Plans for Chemistry Majors

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  • B.S. CHM – Biochemistry Track Degree (Professional)
    Freshman Year – Fall Semester

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Calculus I (MTH 245) – Calculus I & Calculus II are prerequisites that must be completed before applying to the Chemistry Major

    Freshman Year – Spring Semester

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206)

    Calculus II (MTH 246) – Prerequisite for admission to major

    Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    General Biology I (BIO 202) and General Biology Laboratory (BIO 206)

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    General Physics I (PHY 211) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    Junior Year – Fall Semester

    Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    Biochemistry (CHM 381) – Offered only in the Fall

    Biochemistry Laboratory (CHM 382) – Also offered in Spring

    General Physics II (PHY 212) – prerequisite or corequisite for CHM 341

    Junior Year – Spring Semester

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315) – Not requied for students who have taken CHM 285 & 286

    Biochemistry Elective (CHM 521, 523, 525, 575 or 576)

    Senior Year – Fall Semester

    Instrumental Analysis (CHM 456)

    Instrumental Analysis Lab (CHM 466)

    Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 451)

    Biology Elective (BIO 317, 362 or 532)

    Research (total of 3 credits from CHM 496/497)

    Senior Year – Spring Semester

    Research (total of 3 credits from CHM 496/497)

  • B.S. CHM – Chemistry Track Degree (Professional)
    Freshman Year – Fall Semester

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Calculus I (MTH 245) – Calculus I & Calculus II are prerequisites that must be completed before applying to the Chemistry Major

    Freshman Year – Spring Semester

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206)

    Calculus II (MTH 246) – Prerequisite for admission to major

    Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    General Physics I (PHY 211) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    Junior Year – Fall Semester

    Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    Biochemistry (CHM 381) – Offered only in the Fall

    General Physics II (PHY 212) – prerequisite or corequisite for CHM 341

    Junior Year – Spring Semester

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315) – Not requied for students who have taken CHM 285 & 286

    Senior Year – Fall Semester

    Instrumental Analysis (CHM 456)

    Instrumental Analysis Lab (CHM 466)

    Inorganic Chemistry (CHM 451)

    Physical Chemistry Elective (CHM 445, 446, 447, 448, 451, 470, 543, 544, 545, 548 or 549)

    Research (total of 3 credits from CHM 496/497)

    Senior Year – Spring Semester

    Additional Elective (CHM 351, 381, 421, 445, 446, 447, 448, 421, 502, 521, 523, 525, 527, 528, 543, 544, 545, 548, 549, 556, 575 or 576)

    Research (total of 3 credits from CHM 496/497)

  • B.S. – Generalist Track Degree
    Freshman Year – Fall Semester

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Calculus I (MTH 245) – Calculus I & Calculus II are prerequisites that must be completed before applying to the Chemistry Major

    Freshman Year – Spring Semester

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206)

    Calculus II (MTH 246) – Prerequisite for admission to major

    Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    General Physics I (PHY 211) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    Junior Year – Fall Semester

    Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    General Physics II (PHY 212) – prerequisite or corequisite for CHM 341

    Junior Year – Spring Semester

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315) – Not requied for students who have taken CHM 285 & 286

    Laboratory Elective (CHM 351, 382, 528 or 549)

    Senior Year – Fall Semester

    Instrumental Analysis (CHM 456)

    Instrumental Analysis Lab (CHM 466)

    Senior Year – Spring Semester

    Lecture Elective (CHM 381, 421, 445, 446, 447, 448, 451, 470, 502, 506, 521, 523, 527, 543, 544, 545, 556, 575 or 576)

  • B.S. – Chemical Educational Track
    Freshman Year – Fall Semester

    General Chemistry I (CHM 203) and General Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 204)

    Calculus I (MTH 245) – Calculus I & Calculus II are prerequisites that must be completed before applying to the Chemistry Major

    American Education and the Interactive Process (EDU 103) – Also offered in the Spring

    Freshman Year – Spring Semester

    Either: Honors Chemistry (CHM 285) and Honors Chemistry Laboratory (CHM 286)
    Or: General Chemistry II (CHM 205) and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 206)

    Calculus II (MTH 246) – Prerequisite for admission to major; could be taken during sophomore year

    General Biology II (BIO 212) – Offered only in the Spring

    Sophomore Year – Fall Semester

    Organic Chemistry I (CHM 321) and Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 322)

    General Biology (BIO 211) – Offered only in the Fall

    Understanding and Serving Diverse Populations (EDU 208) – Also offered in the Spring

    Child and Adolescent Development (EDU 210) – Counts as a Category D cours; also offered in the Spring, but must be taken concurrent with EDU 208)

    Sophomore Year - Spring Semester

    Organic Chemistry II (CHM 323) and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (CHM 324)

    General Physics I (PHY 211) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences (ATS 113) and Introduction ot Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory (ATS 114)

    Junior Year – Fall Semester

    Mathematical Concepts in Chemistry (CHM 532) – prerequisite for CHM 341

    General Physics II (PHY 212) – prerequisite or corequisite for CHM 341

    Biochemistry (CHM 382)

    Junior Year – Spring Semester

    Physical Chemistry I (CHM 341) and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory (CHM 342)

    Quantitative Analysis (CHM 315) – Not requied for students who have taken CHM 285 & 286

    General Methods in Secondary Education (EDU 341) and Technical Laboratory in Secondary Education (EDU 342)

    Students with Mild/Moderate Disablilities

    Senior Year – Fall Semester

    Special Methods in Math or Science (EDU 578) – Offered only in the Fall

    Teaching Reading in Secondary Schools (EDU 548)

    Management Practices for Classroom Teachers (EDU 583)

    Senior Year – Spring Semester

    Student Teaching (EDU 591 for a total of 14 hours)

    Seminar in Student Teaching (EDU 593)

    For more information, contact Fr. Tom Simonds (Director of Secondary Education) or Dr. David Dobberpuhl (Chemistry Chair)