This degree, designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study or careers in chemistry, offers rigorous training and provides a solid background in all five major areas of chemistry. Approved by the American Chemical Society for the training of professional chemists, it does not require the student to have any minor or second major.

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
CHEM 190 Introduction to Chemical Research (7 weeks) 1 credit
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 230 Quantitative Analysis 4 credits
CHEM 315 Biochemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 321 Physical Chemistry I 4 credits
CHEM 322 Physical Chemistry II 4 credits
CHEM 421 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 422 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 495 Special Problems in Chemistry
(This may also be taken as the Honors Work sequence CHEM 497 and 498.)
2 credits
At least 2 elective credit hours from 300-level or 400-level courses 2 credits
TOTAL 40 credits
Additional courses required for ACS Certification:
PHYS 141 and 142 and associated labs Newtonian Mechanics; Electricity, Magnetism and Waves 8 credits
MATH 260 and 270 Linear Systems and Matrices; Ordinary Differential Equations 4 credits
Suggested Curriculum for Chemistry Majors (40 Credit 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
Phys 141 4 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Math 260/270 4 Phys 142 4
Other 3 Other 3
15 15
Third Year
Physical Chem 321 4 Physical Chem 322 4 Other = Humanities, or Social Science, or Diversity, or THEO Level 300, or other electives
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Chem Research 495* (1) Chem Research 495* (1)
Other 9-12 Other 9-12
14-17 14-17
Fourth Year
Inorganic Chem 421 3 Inorg Chem Lab 422 1 Other = THEO Level 300, or other electives
Biochemistry 315** 3 Chem elective*** 3
Chem Colloquium 499 0 Chem Colloquium 499 0
Chem Research 495* (1) Chem Research 495* (1)
Other 9 Other  9-12
15-17

*Could be taken either third or fourth year. Minimum two credits total.
**Could be taken third or fourth year.
***At least two credits of chemistry elective courses are required for the major, but most courses are three credits. May be taken third or fourth year, either semester.
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.