Flowing from the mission of the College of Saint Elizabeth, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is committed to providing a basic knowledge of this liberal art to many students and a thorough undergraduate chemical education to its majors. It demands of them honesty, accuracy, and clarity in the carrying out and reporting of their work. Through the precision of chemistry and biochemistry it strives to discipline their minds and by chemistry's and biochemistry's ever-increasing insight into the truths of nature it endeavors to widen their vision. The department encourages its majors to contribute to the discovery of these truths by their research.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a sound undergraduate education to prepare its graduates for industrial positions, graduate or medical school, or secondary school teaching. The course offerings for chemistry majors follow the guidelines of the American Chemical Society for undergraduate education. The department provides ancillary courses for students majoring in biology, foods and applied science nutrition, or nursing. It also prepares non-science majors for life in a technological society through introductory courses in chemistry and a special course in the relationship between science and society. Students majoring in chemistry may choose to complete one of two degree programs. Students fulfilling the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are prepared for graduate school. Students may also choose the more flexible requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree in order to pursue other educational opportunities.
Because of the importance of research in the chemical sciences, sophomore, junior, and senior majors are encouraged to participate in research projects. Research is required of all Bachelor of Science degree students.
Students who have had one year of calculus in high school are urged to consult with the department Chairperson concerning the possibility of starting the calculus sequence with Mathematics 153 or 253.
Chemistry majors and other interested students can become Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society. Academic credit may be earned by majors who participate in internship programs during the January intersession, the summer, or the academic year.
Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: 57
Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written, one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through CHEM 433.
Total credits for Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with concentration in Forensic Science: 70
Students will fulfill the capstone requirement by the successful completion of two comprehensive examinations: one written and one oral. Preparation for the comprehensive examinations will be offered through Chem 433.
*or a substitute approved by the chairperson
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