This degree, designed for students who declare a double major in chemistry and another scientific discipline (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology), is a popular choice among students who plan to pursue careers in the health professions.

In addition to completing the required courses, Valpo encourages students to conduct undergraduate research. A wide selection of instruments is maintained for student use in instructional laboratory work and research.

All majors are also expected to attend the weekly chemistry colloquium, CHEM 499, every semester.

Foundations

B.S. students in chemistry at Valpo must complete the general-education requirements for the B.S. This University-wide core strengthens communication and critical thinking skills while introducing global cultures and traditions.

Chemistry Courses
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 121 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 131 General Chemistry I for Chemistry Careers
4 credits
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry II for Chemistry Careers
4 credits
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 230 Quantitative Analysis 4 credits
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 311 Elementary Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I
4 credits
At least three additional credits from 300- or 400-level chemistry courses 3 credits
TOTAL 27 credits
Suggested Curriculum for Chemistry Majors – Pre-med 27-Credit Chem / 28-Credit Bio Double Major
Fall Spring Notes
First Year
General Chem 121 (or 131) 4 General Chem 122 (or 132) 4

Other = KIN and humanities, or social science, or diversity

(KIN must be taken first year)

Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0 Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0
Bio 171 4 Bio 172 4
Freshman Core 5 Freshman Core 5
Other 1-4 Other 1-4
14-17 14-17
Second Year
Organic Chem 221 4 Organic Chem 222 4 Other = THEO 200 and humanities, or social science, or diversity
Bio 270 or Math 131 4 Quant Analysis 230 4
Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0 Bio 270 or Math 131 4
Other 6-9 Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0
14-17 Other 3-6
15-18
Third Year
Biochemistry 315 4 (Biochemistry 316)* (3) Other = Humanities, or social science, or diversity, or THEO Level 300, or other electives
Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0 (Biochemistry Lab 417)* (2)
Bio 380 3 Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0
Phys 111 or 141 4 Physics 112 or 142 4
Other 6 Other 6-9
16 13-14
Fourth Year
Physical Chem 311** 4 Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0 Other = THEO Level 300 or other electives
Chem/Bio Colloquium 499 0 Bio 450** 4
Bio 460** 4 Bio 493 or 496** 1
Bio 493 or 496** 1 Bio elective** 3
Other 6-9 Other 6-9
15-18 14-17

*Optional – may be useful for pre-med, but not required for 27-credit chemistry major
**Could be taken either third or fourth year.
Pre-meds are encouraged to take Pre-Med Colloquium, CHEM 494, in addition to Chem or Bio Colloquium.

General-education requirements: Freshman Core – 10 Cr., Theology – 6 Cr., Humanities – 6 Cr., Diversity – 3–8 Cr., Social Science – 6 Cr., Math – 4 Cr., KIN 100 – 1 Cr.

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 Courses in Chemistry

 

Investigate the fundamental nature of matter and the science of transformation through courses offered by the Valparaiso University Department of Chemistry.