Chemistry students receive rigorous preparation for the pursuit of graduate studies in chemistry or careers as professional chemists. Each student is exposed to considerable biology, physics, and mathematics to prepare them for today’s technological marketplace, where interdisciplinary inquiry is essential. As a result, many chemistry majors complete the requirements for a minor in mathematics, biology, or physics as well.
The program also provides quality service courses for majors in related life and physical science programs. These service courses bear no distinction from the program’s courses for majors.
Chemistry majors are competent in basic laboratory skills such as safe practices, keeping a notebook, use of electronic balances and volumetric glassware, preparation of solutions, chemical measurements using pH electrodes and spectrophotometers, data analysis, and report writing.
- Define problems clearly, develop testable hypotheses, design and execute experiments, analyze data, and draw appropriate conclusions
- Demonstrate knowledge of the use of modern scientific instrumentation and the methods of computational chemistry
- Present information in a clear and organized manner, write well organized and concise reports in a scientifically appropriate style, and use appropriate technology such as poster preparation software, word processing, chemical structure drawing programs, and computerized presentations in their communication
- Describe the impact of international concerns such as climate change and rapid environmental degradation; articulate the important contributions of scientists from other countries in the development of models, theories and research in chemistry; and describe the important concerns and factors regarding the international spread of disease and pandemics
Major Course of Study Requirements
Chemistry offers a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and a dual degree consisting of the B.S. in chemistry and the bachelor of chemical engineering degree through the Atlanta University Consortium Dual-Degree Enrollment Program.
All students begin with a one-year course sequence that engages students in the competencies needed for the practice of chemistry as a modern science. In subsequent terms, students are expected to complete both introductory and in-depth course work in the five sub disciplines of modern chemistry: analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, bio and biophysical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry. In addition, one advanced elective course in chemistry is also required.
In addition to these major core requirements, students are expected to complete cognate courses, which include introductory coursework in English, biology, physics, and mathematics. Lastly, two in-depth elective courses in cognate science areas beyond these introductory courses are also required.