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Chemistry Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS)

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BS Degree in Chemistry

The BS degree in Chemistry features two tracks, each with a chemistry core and a selection of accompanying options. Students in either track or any option with good academic records and letters of recommendation will be well prepared and competitive for continued graduate education in chemistry or related areas.

BA Degree in Chemistry

The BA degree in Chemistry is appropriate for chemistry students interested in obtaining a broader academic background through a second-language requirement and additional liberal arts courses (9 credits). It also includes 6–12 credits of approved career-supportive electives to allow students to choose courses in advanced chemistry or related disciplines to support their career goals. At least 3 credits are to be in advanced laboratory courses or research. This degree may lead to international opportunities, especially if coupled with the International Degree Program at OSU.



All Undergraduate Chemistry Degrees

Completion of an option is required to earn a degree in Chemistry.

The baccalaureate core requirements are met by:

Fitness: HHS 231, plus HHS 241 (1) or any PAC course (1–2)
Speech (3)
Writing courses (6)
Perspectives courses (12)
One Biology course (4)
One Difference, Power, and Discrimination course (DPD)(3)
Synthesis courses (6)

The quarters in which these are taken are flexible, except that synthesis courses must be taken at the junior and senior level. Chemistry majors or minors may not use S/U grading in courses that meet Department of Chemistry or College of Science requirements.

The timing of courses for all degrees and options can be critical, especially because of prerequisites. More detailed information and suggestions about when to take courses are found on the Chemistry Department website at http://chemistry.oregonstate.edu/. Students should meet with their advisor every term. For many options in Track Two, students will also be directed to an additional advisor in another department for courses in that option.

For any option involving biochemistry courses, it is strongly recommended that students select:

BB 314/BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4), is also recommended. Prereqs for BI 314 are BI 211, BI 212, BI 213. [BI 314 terminated summer 2017]
BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4), as the biology course to fulfill the baccalaureate core requirement.

For options in which CH 462, ^Experimental Chemistry II (3), is the recommended WIC course, it is strongly recommended that CH 422, Analytical Chemistry (3), be taken as a corequisite.

Chemistry offers the following courses through the Honors College (HC). Chemistry students in the HC may substitute these courses for courses in the regular sequences:

CH 231H, CH 232H, CH 233H. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
    and CH 261H, CH 262H, CH 263H. *Laboratory for CH 231H, 232H, 233H (1,1,1)
CH 361H, CH 362H. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
    and CH 461H. Experimental Chemistry II (3)
    and CH 462H, CH 463H, CH 464H. ^Experimental Chemistry II (3,3,3)

Track-One BS Degree in Chemistry

(See the Advanced Biochemistry option and Advanced Chemistry option)

Chemistry Core (76)

CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 271, CH 272, CH 273. *Laboratory for CH 231, 232, 233 for Chemistry Majors (1,1,1)
CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 361, CH 362. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
CH 421, CH 422. Analytical Chemistry (3,3)
CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
MTH 253. Infinite Series and Sequences (4)
   or MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)
PH 211, PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4,4)
PH 221, PH 222, PH 223. Recitation for Physics (1,1,1)

Sample Curriculum (Track-One BS Degree in Chemistry)


Freshman Year

CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 271, CH 272, CH 273. *Laboratory for CH 231, 232, 233 for Chemistry Majors (1,1,1)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) or any PAC course (1–2)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)
PH 211, PH 221. *General Physics with Calculus (4,1)
Perspectives courses (6)
Speech (3)
Writing I (3)

Sophomore Year

CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 361, CH 362. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
MTH 253. Infinite Series and Sequences (4)
   or MTH 306. Matrix and Power Series Methods (4)
Option courses (6 or 7)
PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics (4,4)
   and PH 222, PH 223. Recitation for Physics (1,1)
Perspectives courses (6)
Writing II (3)

Junior Year

BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
   or BI 102. *General Biology (4)
CH 421, CH 422. Analytical Chemistry (3,3)
CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)
Perspectives and Synthesis courses (6)
Elective and Option courses (18)

Senior Year

Elective and Option courses (42–43)
Synthesis course (3)


Track-Two BS Degree in Chemistry

(See options for Biochemistry, Business, Chemistry Education, Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Science, Materials Science, Pre-Medicine)

Chemistry Core* (7981)

CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 271, CH 272, CH 273. *Laboratory for CH 231, 232, 233 for Chemistry Majors (1,1,1)
CH 324. Quantitative Analysis (4)
    (For a stronger background in analytical chemistry, instead of CH 324, plus CH 411 and CH 412, substitute CH 421, CH 422, CH 461, CH 411 or CH 412, which adds 2 credits.)

CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 361, CH 362. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
CH 411, CH 412. Inorganic Chemistry (3,3)
CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 462. ^Experimental Chemistry II (3)
   or CH 463. ^Experimental Chemistry II (3)
   or CH 464. ^Experimental Chemistry II (3)

MTH 251, MTH 252, MTH 254. Differential, Integral and Vector Calculus (4,4,4)
PH 211, PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4,4,4)
   and PH 221, PH 222, PH 223. Recitation for Physics 211, 212, 213 (1,1,1)
   or PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)

*Note: For the Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Forensic Science, and Materials Science options, the core requirements are slightly modified.

Sample Curriculum (Track-Two BS Degree in Chemistry)


Freshman Year

BI 212. *Principles of Biology (4)
   or BI 102. *General Biology (4)
CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 271, CH 272, CH 273. *Laboratory for CH 231, 232, 233 for Chemistry Majors (1,1,1)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) or any PAC course (1–2)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
Speech (3)
Writing I (3)
Perspective courses (6)
Electives and Option courses (6)

Sophomore Year

CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 361, CH 362. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus I (4)
PH 211, PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics (4,4,4)
   and PH 221, PH 222, PH 223. Recitation for Physics 211, 212, 213 (1,1,1)
   or PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
Option courses (6)
Perspective course (3)
Writing II (3)

Junior Year

CH 324. Quantitative Analysis (4)
   (For a stronger background in analytical chemistry, substitute CH 421, CH 422, and CH 461.)
CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 462. Experimental Chemistry II (3)
   or CH 463 or CH 464. ^Experimental Chemistry II (3)
Perspectives and Synthesis courses (6)
Electives and Option courses (20)

Senior Year

CH 411, CH 412. Inorganic Chemistry (3,3)
Synthesis or Perspective courses (6)
Electives and option courses (3,3)


BA Degree in Chemistry


Freshman Year

CH 231, CH 232, CH 233. *General Chemistry (4,4,4)
   and CH 271, CH 272, CH 273. *Laboratory for CH 231, 232, 233 for Chemistry Majors (1,1,1)
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) or any PAC course (1–2)
MTH 251. *Differential Calculus (4)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)
Perspectives (6)
Speech (3)
Writing I (3)
Electives (10)

Sophomore Year

CH 334, CH 335, CH 336. Organic Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 361, CH 362. Experimental Chemistry I (3,3)
MTH 254. Vector Calculus (4)
PH 211, PH 212, PH 213. *General Physics (4,4,4)
   and PH 221, PH 222, PH 223. Recitation for Physics 211, 212, 213 (1,1,1)
   or PH 201, PH 202, PH 203. *General Physics (5,5,5)
Perspectives (6)
Writing II (3)
Electives (3)

Junior Year

BI 211. *Principles of Biology (4)
   or BI 101. *General Biology (4)
CH 324. Quantitative Analysis (4)
    (For a stronger background in analytical chemistry, instead of CH 324, plus CH 411 and CH 412, substitute CH 421, CH 422, CH 461, CH 411 or CH 412, which adds 2 credits.)
CH 440, CH 441, CH 442. Physical Chemistry (3,3,3)
CH 462. Experimental Chemistry II (3)
   or CH 463 or CH 464. ^Experimental Chemistry II (3)
Language (first year) (12)
Perspectives and Synthesis courses (6)
Electives (3)

Senior Year

CH 411, CH 412. Inorganic Chemistry (3,3)
Approved career-supportive electives (9)
(The 9 credits must be approved by the advisor and the department by the end of the winter quarter of the junior year and include 3 credits of lab.)
Synthesis course (3)
Language (second year) (9–12)
Electives (15–18)


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)



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