Northern Kentucky University

Undergraduate Catalog 2015-16

Chemistry Majors

Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry

Students who aspire to careers as professional chemists should seek to obtain the Bachelor of Science. Students must complete the core courses listed below plus one of the three tracks:

General Chemistry Track (ACS Certified)

Biochemistry Track

Forensics Track

Students majoring in chemistry are urged to participate in independent research (CHE 292 or CHE 492) and are also encouraged to take at least one year of a foreign language and additional mathematics coursework beyond the required Calculus II. A student completing the Bachelor of Science in chemistry is not required to complete a minor or a focus.

The general chemistry track is certified by the American Chemical Society, as it meets certain requirements prescribed by that organization. Students may also receive ACS certification in the other Bachelor of Science tracks by selecting appropriate course options as indicated below.

Degree Requirements: B.S. – Chemistry

Core Courses

Credits

CHE 125

Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry

1

CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE 340/340L

Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory

5

CHE 360

Physical Chemistry I

3

CHE 361

Physical Chemistry II

3

CHE 362L

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHE 391W

Chemical Information and Writing

3

CHE 400

Chemistry Seminar

1

CHE 482

Biochemistry I

3

MAT 129 and

MAT 229

Calculus I

Calculus II

 

 

-- OR --

9

MAT 128,

MAT 227, and MAT 228

Calculus A

Calculus B

Calculus C

 

PHY 211
and PHY 213

General Physics with Laboratory I and II

 

 

-- OR --

8-10

PHY 220 and PHY 222

University Physics with Laboratory I and II

 

TOTAL CORE CREDITS

54-56

General Chemistry Track (ACS Certified)

The general chemistry track (ACS Certified) is designed to offer students a rigorous background in chemistry that will prepare them for careers in industrial chemistry and for graduate work in chemistry. With the addition of one year of biology (BIO 150/150L and 151/151L), this track is also well suited for those students who wish to further education in professional school (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, etc.).

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

General Chemistry Track

Credits

CHE 320/320L

Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory

5

CHE 350/350L

Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory

5

Advanced content coursework - select at least 3 credit hours from the following:

CHE 410

Spectrometric Identification of Compounds

 

CHE 440

Environmental Chemistry

 

CHE 450

Advanced Chemical Analysis

 

CHE 460/460L

Molecular Spectroscopy with Laboratory

 

CHE 483

Biochemistry II

3

CHE 511

Natural and Medicinal Product Synthesis

 

CHE 512

Physical Organic Chemistry

 

CHE 560

Quantum Mechanics

 

Advanced research methods coursework - select at least 3 credit hours from the following:

CHE 392

Advanced Laboratory Projects

 

CHE 482L

Biochemistry I Laboratory

 

CHE 483L

Biochemistry II Laboratory

3

CHE 492

Research: Chemistry

 

CHE 505

The History of Chemistry

 

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

16

Total Core Credits

54-56

TOTAL CREDITS

70-72

Biochemistry Track

The biochemistry track is designed for students who are interested in both chemistry and biology. In particular, it is designed for those students who are interested in the chemistry of living organisms. It is well suited for those who wish to pursue careers in biochemistry-related fields or for those students who wish to further their education in graduate school or professional school (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, etc.).

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Biochemistry Track

Credits

CHE 482L

Biochemistry I Laboratory

1

CHE 483/483L

Biochemistry II with Laboratory

4

BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory

4

BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory

4

BIO 349/349L

Genetics with Laboratory

4

Select at least two courses from the following

BIO 302/302L

General Microbiology with Laboratory

 

BIO 360

Advanced Biology of the Cell

 

BIO 400/400L

Advanced Molecular Biology with Laboratory

7-9

CHE 320/320L

Inorganic Chemistry with Laboratory

 

CHE 350/350L

Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory

 

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

24-26

Total Core Credits

54-56

TOTAL CREDITS

78-82

*To receive ACS certification, CHE 320-320L must be taken as one course in this distribution area.

Forensics Track

The forensics track is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in forensic science with a solid background in chemistry while gaining the basic knowledge needed to succeed in the criminal justice system. While a minor or focus is not required with this track, it is strongly recommended that majors in this track complete the minor in criminalistics offered by the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership. By doing so, students will be much better prepared to work with law enforcement professionals. Due to the complexity of this program, it is critical that students work closely with their advisor throughout their NKU academic career.

NOTE: To receive ACS certification, CHE 320/320L must also be taken in addition to the coursework specified in this track.

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Forensic Track

Credits

CHE 482L

Biochemistry I Laboratory

1

BIO 150/150L

Introduction to Biology I with Laboratory

4

BIO 151/151L

Introduction to Biology II with Laboratory

4

BIO 349/349L

Genetics with Laboratory

4

BIO 400/400L

Advanced Molecular Biology with Laboratory

4

STA 205

Introduction to Statistical Methods

3

JUS 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

JUS 204

Criminal Investigation

3

Select at least one course from the following:

BIO 455

Scanning Electron Microscopy

 

CHE 350/350L

Instrumental Analysis with Laboratory

3-5

TOTAL TRACK CREDITS

29-31

Total Core Credits

54-56

TOTAL CREDITS

83-87

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Chemistry

This degree is designed for those students who are interested in teaching chemistry at the high school level or for those students who will graduate with two majors. Students completing the Bachelor of Arts in chemistry are required to complete a minor or a focus if they have just one major.

Click here for a 4-year plan showing one way a student can complete the program below in 4 years if the student requires no remedial courses.

Degree Requirements: B.A. – Chemistry

Courses

Credits

CHE 125

Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry

1

CHE 120/120L

General Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 121/121L

General Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE 310/310L

Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

4

CHE 311/311L

Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

4

CHE 340/340L

Analytical Chemistry with Laboratory

5

CHE 360

Physical Chemistry I

3

CHE 361

Physical Chemistry II

3

CHE 362L

Physical Chemistry Laboratory

2

CHE 391W

Chemical Information and Writing

3

CHE 400

Chemistry Seminar

1

At least 3 additional credit hours of allowed 300-level-or-above chemistry courses

3

MAT 129 and MAT 229

Calculus I

Calculus II

 

 

-- OR --

9

MAT 128,

MAT 227, and MAT 228

Calculus A

Calculus B

Calculus C

 

PHY 211 and PHY 213

General Physics with Laboratory I and II

 

 

-- OR --

8-10

PHY 220 and PHY 222

University Physics with Laboratory I AND II

 

TOTAL CREDITS

54-56

Secondary Chemical Education

Students interested in a career as a high school chemistry teacher should receive a bachelor's degree in chemistry (any track) and complete the secondary education requirements as prescribed by the Department of Teacher Education. Students are encouraged to work closely with advisors in both departments to ensure that all requirements are met in a timely fashion.

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Accounting Courses (ACC)

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Arabic Courses (ARI)

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Chinese Courses (CHI)

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Computer Information Technology Courses (CIT)

Construction Management Courses (CMGT)

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Education – Special Education Courses (EDS)

Education Courses (EDU)

Engineering Technology Courses (EGT)

Electronic Media and Broadcasting Courses (EMB)

English Courses (ENG)

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Entrepreneurship Courses (ENTP)

Environmental Science Courses (ENV)

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Marketing Courses (MKT)

Military Science Courses (MSC)

Music Courses (MUS)

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