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Chemistry Major

This program requires completion of a minimum of forty (40) credits in Chemistry, as follows:

Lower Division Courses (22 credits):

  • CHEM - 111 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM - 112 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM - 113 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM - 114 General Chemistry Laboratory II
  • CHEM - 230 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM - 231 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM - 232 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM - 233 Organic Chemistry Lab II for Majors
  • CHEM - 260 Analytical Chemistry

Upper-division courses (16 credits):

  • CHEM - 340 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM - 341 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM - 350 Biochemistry I or CHEM - 356 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • CHEM - 420 Inorganic Chemistry

Required supporting courses (16 credits):

  • MATH - 109 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
  • MATH - 110 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
  • PHYS - 110 General Physics I
  • PHYS - 210 General Physics II

Additional courses (2 credits minimum)  

  • CHEM - 397 Research Methods and Practice
  • CHEM - 410 Integrated Laboratory
  • Chemistry Elective

ACS certification requires these additional courses:

  • CHEM - 410 Integrated Lab
  • CHEM - 397 Research Methods and Practice

For students who have already taken General Chemistry I & II prior to June 2010, speak to your adviser about requirements.

Program Goals/Learning Outcomes for the B.S. in Chemistry

Students will
    • have a rigorous understanding of fundamental chemical concepts and techniques.
    • gain practical experience with a wide variety of chemistry instruments and learn how to interpret data obtained from them.
    • Develop abilities to communicate ideas in chemistry to general audiences and to specialists.
    • have programs of instruction which lead to the B.S. degree and which enable students to begin either a career in science or to continue with study for a higher degree.
Program Learning Outcomes

When USF students graduate from the chemistry program, they should:

    • Understand a broad range of chemical principles and knowledge in analytical, biochemical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
    • Apply their chemical knowledge and critical thinking skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in chemistry.
    • Demonstrate laboratory skills appropriate to the study of chemistry: the ability to acquire, interpret and analyze data using manual and instrumental methods, to carry out basic synthetic reactions, to maintain a laboratory notebook, to work confidently and safely in a laboratory.
    • Organize and present scientific information in written and oral form assisted by the use of computer technology (word processing, spreadsheets, chemical structure drawing programs and chemical information retrieval services).
    • Understand the importance of chemistry in an industrial, economic, environmental and social context.
    • Be successful in pursuing further studies or employment in chemistry or multi-disciplinary areas involving chemistry.