Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

B.S. in Chemistry

Chemistry is the branch of natural science 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 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 Science in chemistry has four options available for specialization: American Chemical Society Certifed Chemistry, Biochemistry, DNA Analysis, and Forensic Chemistry.

This degree option satisfies the requirements for certification to the American Chemical Society (ACS), and  represents the minimum undergraduate preparation recommended by the ACS for the professional chemist. The chemistry curriculum prepares students for careers as professional chemists and provides an excellent basis for graduate and professional areas of study.

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 311 Foundations of Physical Chemistry (4)
  • CH 312 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
  • CH 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CH 341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH 343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)
  • 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)

Chemistry Electives

Choose one 7-8 hour track

Track A

  • CH 39X Undergraduate Research (4)
  • Choose 4 hours from:
  • CH 532/533 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture and Lab (2+2)
  • CH 563 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)

Track B

Choose two of the following to include a minimum of 3 hours of lab work

  • CH 420 Forensic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 447 Advanced 1 and 2 Dimensional NMR Techniques (3)
  • CH 450 Environmental Chemistry (3)
  • CH 532/533 Advanced Biochemistry Lecture and Lab (2+2)
  • CH 545 Organic Preparations and Characterization (3)
  • CH 563 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)

Additional Requirements

  • MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA 145 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (4)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • AND
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)
  • OR
  • PH 230/030 General Physics I (5)
  • AND
  • PH 231/031 General 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

The biochemistry curriculum prepares students for careers in biochemistry, chemistry, and biotechnology and provides an excellent basis for graduate and professional areas of study.

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 311 Foundations of Physical Chemistry (4)
  • 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)
  • UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

Biochemistry Option Courses

  • BI 173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI 283 Genetics (4)
  • BI 310 General Microbiology (4)
  • BI 404 Cell Biology (3)
  • CH 312 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
  • CH 343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 344 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)
  • CH 532 Advanced Biochemistry (2)
  • CH 533 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)

Additional Requirements

  • MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA 145 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (4)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)
  • OR
  • PH 230/030 General Physics I (5)
  • PH 231/031 General 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 program was crafted in close consultation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Quality Assurance Standards for Forensic DNA Testing Laboratories. This ensures that graduates leave Southeast fully qualified to begin a career as a DNA analyst in forensic and other DNA testing laboratories.

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 311 Foundations of Physical Chemistry (4)
  • 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)
  • UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

DNA Analysis Courses

  • BI 173 Cell and Organismal Biology (4)
  • BI 245 Lab Methods in Biotechnology (3)
  • BI 283 Genetics (4)
  • BI 310 General Microbiology (4)
  • BI 450 Molecular Biology (3)
  • CH 312 Advanced Physical Chemistry (3)
  • CH 420 Forensic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 533 Biochemistry Laboratory (2)
  • MA 423 Statistical Analysis for Forensic Science (3)

Additional Requirements

  • MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA 145 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (4)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • AND
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)
  • OR
  • PH 230/030 General Physics I (5)
  • AND
  • PH 231/031 General 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

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 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 311 Foundations of Physical Chemistry (4)
  • CH 313 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
  • CH 341 Foundations of Organic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 342 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
  • CH 343 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
  • CH 498 Professional Presentation in Chemistry (1)
  • CH 531/UI331 Foundations of Biochemistry (3)
  • UI 443 Professional Experience in Chemistry (3)

Forensic Chemistry Option

  • CH 420 Forensic Chemistry (4)
  • CH 533 Biochemistry Lab (2)
  • CH 575 Chemical Instrumentation (4)
  • CJ 350 Criminalistics (3)
  • EV 460 Introduction to Toxicology (3)
  • FS 550 Crime Laboratory I: Microscopy (2)
  • FS 552 Crime Laboratory II: Blood and Fluids (2)
  • MA 423 Statistical Analysis for Forensic Science (3)

Additional Requirements

  • MA 140 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (5)
  • MA 145 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (4)
  • PH 120/020 Introductory Physics I (5)
  • PH 121/021 Introductory Physics II (5)
  • OR
  • PH 230/030 General Physics I (5)
  • PH 231/031 General 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: ACS Certified Chemistry

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CH 185/085/005 (5)
  • MA 140 (5)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • MA 145 (4)
  • Social Systems (3)
  • Written Expression (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 271 (5)
  • CH 341 (4)
  • CH 342 (1)
  • PH 120/020 or PH 230/030 (5)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 343 (3)
  • CH 344 (2)
  • PH 121/021 or PH 231/031 (5)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Oral Expression (3)

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 311 (4)
  • UI 331 or CH 531 (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)
  • Living Systems (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 312 (3)
  • CH 313 (3)
  • UI 443 (3)
  • Economic Systems (3)
  • Literary Expression (3)

Fall Semester (12-14 Hours)

  • Chemistry Electives (3-4)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3-4)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • CH 498 (1)
  • Chemistry Electives (4)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Biochemistry

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

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

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • BI 173 (4)
  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • MA 140 (5)
  • Written Expression (3)

Fall Semester (18 Hours)

  • BI 283 (4)
  • CH 271 (5)
  • MA 145 (4)
  • PH 120/020 or PH 230/030 (5)

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • BI 310 (4)
  • CH 341 (4)
  • CH 342 (1)
  • PH 121/021 or PH 231/031 (5)
  • Literary Expression (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 311 (4)
  • CH 343 (3)
  • CH 344 (2)
  • Oral Expression (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 312 (3)
  • CH 313 (3)
  • UI 443 (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)
  • Social Systems (3)

Fall Semester (12 Hours)

  • BI 404 (3)
  • UI 331 or CH 531 (3)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)

  • CH 498 (1)
  • CH 532 (2)
  • CH 533 (2)
  • Economic Systems (3)
  • Elective (4)

Sample Four-Year Plan: DNA Analysis

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

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

Spring Semester (17 Hours)

  • BI 173 (4)
  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • MA 140 (5)
  • Written Expression (3)

Fall Semester (18 Hours)

  • BI 283 (4)
  • CH 271 (5)
  • MA 145 (4)
  • PH 120/020 or PH 230/030 (5)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)

  • BI 245 (3)
  • CH 341 (4)
  • CH 342 (1)
  • PH 121/021 or PH 231/031 (5)
  • Literary Expression (3)

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • BI 310 (4)
  • CH 311 (4)
  • MA 423 (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 312 (3)
  • CH 313 (3)
  • UI 443 (3)
  • Oral Expression (3)
  • Social Systems (3)

Fall Semester (14 Hours)

  • BI 450 (3)
  • CH 420 (4)
  • UI 331 or CH 531 (3)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)
  • Elective (1)

Spring Semester (12 Hours)

  • CH 498 (1)
  • CH 533 (2)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Economic Systems (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Forensic Chemistry

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • UI 100 (3)
  • EN 100 (3)
  • CH 185/085/005 (5)
  • MA 140 (5)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 186 (3)
  • CH 187 (2)
  • MA 145 (4)
  • Written Expression (3)
  • Social Systems (3)

Fall Semester (16 Hours)

  • CH 271 (5)
  • PH 120/020 or PH 230/030 (5)
  • Artistic Expression (3)
  • Oral Expression (3)

Spring Semester (13 Hours)

  • CH 341 (4)
  • CH 342 (1)
  • PH 121/021 or PH 231/031 (5)
  • Literary Expression (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 311 (3)
  • MA 423 (3)
  • UI 331 or CH 531 (3)
  • Living Systems (3)
  • Political Systems (3)

Spring Semester (14 Hours)

  • CH 313 (3)
  • CH 343 (3)
  • CH 533 (2)
  • UI 443 (3)
  • Behavioral Systems (3)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 420 (4)
  • EV 460 (3)
  • FS 550 (2)
  • Development of a Major Civilization (3)
  • Elective (3)

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • CH 498 (1)
  • CH 575 (4)
  • CJ 350 (3)
  • FS 552 (2)
  • Economic Systems (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