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B.S. in Chemistry

Contact Person:
Clifford Rossiter, Chair
304 Stowell, (315) 267-2270, rossitcs@potsdam.edu

48-49 credit hours required. Plus 19-20 credits of cognates.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Required Courses (Credits 45)
CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 106 General Chemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 311 Quantitative Analysis: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 408 Chemistry Topics (1 credit)
CHEM 409 Seminar in Chemistry (1 credit)
CHEM 415 Instrumental Analysis: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 425 Biochemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 433 Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
CHEM 434 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)
CHEM 451 Physical Chemistry 1: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 452 Physical Chemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 497 Research Problems (1-3 credits)

Advanced Chemistry Elective: one of the following (Credits 3-4)
CHEM 426 Biochemistry 2: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
CHEM 444 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 448 Advanced NMR Spectroscopy
CHEM 462 Chemical Spectroscopy and Reaction Dynamics
CHEM 480 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 495 Special Topics (1-3 credits)

Cognate Requirements (Credits 19-20)
MATH 151* Calculus I (4 credits)
MATH 152 Calculus II (4 credits)

One of the following:
MATH 253 Multivariate Calculus (4 credits)
PHYS 370 Mathematical Physics (3 credits)

PHYS 103** University Physics I: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)
PHYS 104** University Physics II: Lecture and Lab (4 credits)

*Completion of both MATH 141 & 142 may be substituted for MATH 151.

**With the permission of the chair, PHYS 101, 202 may be substituted for PHYS 103, 204.

Special Notes

  1. Students graduating with a chemistry major (B.S.) must complete 45 credit hours in the major with at least a 2.0 in each course.
  2. The Chemistry major (B.S.) fulfills the requirements for an American Chemical Society (A.C.S.) certified degree.
  3. Students interested in the Chemical Engineering Double Degree Program should initiate contact with the Chemistry Department as soon as possible.
  4. Since both calculus and physics are prerequisites for CHEM 451 and 452, students considering chemistry, biochemistry, medicine and related fields are urged to start the cognate sequences as soon as possible.
  5. Students may not double major in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  6. Recitations cannot be counted as Advanced Chemistry Electives.