Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

B.A. in Chemistry

Chemistry is the branch of natural sciences that deals with the properties and classification of matter, the changes that matter undergoes, and the energy associated with these changes. Research by chemists increases our knowledge about chemicals and their roles in the natural world and has led to the discovery and development of new and improved products and advances in medicine, agriculture, food processing, and other fields. Those interested in a rewarding career that identifies you as a professional, provides financial security, promotes self-respect, and offers the opportunity to work on stimulating and breakthrough projects should consider a career in chemistry.

The Department of Chemistry and Physics' Bachelor of Arts in chemistry offers three specialization options for students to choose from: Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Business.

This degree option offers a broad exposure to chemistry and requires a minor. Students interested in pursuing careers that use chemistry, such as patent law, technical sales, and environmental testing should choose this major.

Required Courses

  • CH 185 General Chemistry (5)
  • CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Laboratory (2)
  • CH 271 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (5)
  • CH 306 Survey of Physical Chemistry (3)
  • CH 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CH 341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH 498 Professional Presentation in Chemistry (1)
  • CH 531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • OR
  • UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • CH 533 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
  • UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

Additional Requirements (13 hours)

  • MA 139 Applied Calculus (3)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)

Minor Required - 15-21 hours

General Education Requirements

  • UI100 First Year Seminar
  • EN100 English Composition
  • Artistic Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Oral Expression
  • Literary Expression
  • Behavioral Systems
  • Living Systems
  • Development of a Major Civilization
  • Economic Systems
  • Political Systems
  • Social Systems
  • IU/UI3XX

Students completing this degree option will complete course work and experiential preparation recommended by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and favored by forensic laboratory directors. Students will earn a chemistry degree while gaining added knowledge, expertise, and experience required to be successful in the world of forensic science.

Required Courses

  • CH 185 General Chemistry (5)
  • CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Laboratory (2)
  • CH 271 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (5)
  • CH 306 Survey of Physical Chemistry (3)
  • CH 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CH 340 Essentials of Organic Chemistry (5)
  • CH 498 Professional Presentation in Chemistry (1)
  • CH 531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • OR
  • UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

Forensic Science Option

  • CH 420 Forensic Chemistry (4)
  • CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ 350 Criminalistics (3)
  • FS 550 Crime Laboratory I: Microscopy (2)
  • FS 552 Crime Laboratory II: Blood and Fluids (2)

Choose one of the following courses

  • CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)
  • EV 460 Introduction to Toxicology (3)

Additional Requirements (13 Hours Required)

  • MA 139 Applied Calculus (3)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)

General Education Requirements

  • UI100 First Year Seminar
  • EN100 English Composition
  • Artistic Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Oral Expression
  • Literary Expression
  • Behavioral Systems
  • Living Systems
  • Development of a Major Civilization
  • Economic Systems
  • Political Systems
  • Social Systems

This degree option offers a broad exposure to chemistry and provides a basic education in business. Students interested in pursuing careers that require knowledge of both science and business, such as marketing, sales, finance, and management within the chemical industry, should choose this major. Chemistry graduates who have business and communication skills, as well as leadership ability, are in increasing demand in the marketplace.

Chemistry Core (33 Hours)

  • CH 185 General Chemistry (5)
  • CH 186 Foundations of Inorganic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 187 Inorganic Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis Laboratory (2)
  • CH 271 Foundations of Analytical Chemistry (5)
  • CH 306 Survey of Physical Chemistry (3)
  • CH 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CH 340 Essentials of Organic Chemistry (5)
  • CH 498 Professional Presentation in Chemistry (1)
  • CH 531 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • OR
  • UI 331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

Business Option (30 Hours Required)

  • AC 221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AC 222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • EC 215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EC 225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • FI 361 Financial Management (3)
  • IS 175 Information Systems (3)
  • MA 223 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3)
  • OR
  • QM 257 Business Statistics (3)
  • MG 301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI 375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MK 301 Principles of Marketing (3)

Additional Requirements (13 Hours Required)

  • MA 139 Applied Calculus (3)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)

General Education Requirements

  • UI100 First Year Seminar
  • EN100 English Composition
  • Artistic Expression
  • Written Expression
  • Oral Expression
  • Literary Expression
  • Behavioral Systems
  • Living Systems
  • Development of a Major Civilization
  • Economic Systems
  • Political Systems
  • Social Systems

Sample Four-Year Plan: Chemistry Option

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CH 185/085/005 (5)
  • MA 139 (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • Written Expression (3)
  • Social Systems (3)
  • Minor Course (3)

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 271 (5)
  • PH120/020 (5)
  • Economic Systems (3)
  • Minor Course (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 341 (4)
  • CH 342 (1)
  • PH 121/021 (5)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Oral Expression (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 306 (3)
  • CH 313 (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)
  • Living Systems (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • UI 443 (3)
  • IU/UI 3XX (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 531 or UI 331 (3)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)
  • Literary Expression (3)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 498 (1)
  • CH 533 (2)
  • Minor Course (3)
  • Electives (9)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Forensics Option

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CH 185/085/005 (5)
  • MA 139 (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Literary Expression (3)
  • Written Expression (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 271 (5)
  • PH 120/020 (5)
  • CH 340 (5)

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • PH 121/021 (5)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)
  • Living Systems (3)
  • Oral Expression (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 306 (3)
  • CJ 100 (3)
  • Social Systems (3)
  • Political Systems (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 313 (3)
  • CJ 350 (3)
  • UI 443 (3)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)
  • Elective (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 420 (4)
  • CH 531 or UI 331 (3)
  • FS 550 (2)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15-17 Hours)

  • CH 498 (1)
  • EV 460 or CH 575 (3-4)
  • FS 552 (3)
  • Economic Systems (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (2-3)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Business Option

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CH 185/085/005 (5)
  • Social Systems (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • IS 175 (3)
  • MA 139 (3)
  • Written Expression (3)

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 340 (5)
  • EC 215 (3)
  • PH 120/020 (5)
  • Literary Expression (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • EC 225 (3)
  • PH 121/021 (5)
  • MA 223 or QM 257 (3)
  • Artistic Expression (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • AC 221 (3)
  • CH 271 (3)
  • CH 531 or UI 331 (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)
  • Living Systems (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • AC 222 (3)
  • MG 301 (3)
  • UI 443 (3)
  • Oral Expression (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 306 (3)
  • FI 361 (3)
  • MI 375 (3)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 313 (3)
  • CH 498 (1)
  • MK 301 (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (2)

Contact

573.651.2167
pcrawford@semo.edu
Rhodes Hall 306
Department of Chemistry and Physics
One University Plaza, MS 6400
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701