This degree is designed to accommodate a minor in a second science or business or a second major outside the natural sciences. Students pursuing this degree must declare one of the following:

  • A second major in a nonscience discipline;
  • The 32-credit complementary major in environmental science;
  • A disciplinary science minor (qualifying disciplines include astronomy, biology, computer science, engineering, geography, geology, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and psychology); or
  • A minor in fundamentals of business, business administration, applied statistics, engineering, or geographic information systems.

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 – Honors
4 credits
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 122 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 132 General Chemistry II – Honors
4 credits
One course from the following options:

  • CHEM 190 Introduction to Chemical Research (7 weeks)
  • CHEM 495 Special Problems in Chemistry
1 credit
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 seven additional credits from 300- or 400-level chemistry courses 7 credits
TOTAL 32 credits
Suggested Curriculum for Chemistry Majors (32-Credit Major) (must add a science, engineering, or business minor or nonscience 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 Colloquium 499 0 Intro Chem Res 190 1
Math 131 4 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Freshman Core 5 Math 132* 4
Other 1-4 Freshman Core 5
14-17 Other 0-3
14-17
Second Year
Organic Chem 221 4 Organic Chem 222 4 Other = THEO 200 and Humanities, or Social Science, or Diversity
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Quant Analysis 230 4
Science/math elective 4 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Other 3-9 Other 6-9
14-17 14-17
Third Year
(Biochemistry 315) (3) (Biochemistry 316/317) (3-4) Other = Humanities, or Social Science, or Diversity, or THEO Level 300, or other electives
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Phys 111 or 141 4 Phys 112 or 142 4
Science/math elective 4 Science/math elective 3-4
Other 3-9 Other 12-15
14-17 15-18
Fourth Year
Physical Chem 311** 4 (Inorganic Lab) (1) Other = THEO Level 300, or other electives
(Inorganic Chem 421) (3) (Chem elective) (1-3)
(Chem elective) (1-3) Chem Colloquium 499 0
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Science elective 3-4
Science elective 3-4 Other 12-15
 Other  6-12 15-18
14-17

*The second semester of Calculus is recommended, but not required.
**Could be taken either third or fourth year.
Possible chemistry electives are in parentheses. Total elective credits = 7.

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.