Research Chemistry Major

7034
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7034 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate 
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Research Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. The research chemistry major prepares the graduate for the many diverse career opportunities available to the chemist in government, private industry and academia.

Research chemistry majors receive an ACS-certified degree by following this program plan. The research chemistry major is the best choice for those who wish to pursue an advanced degree after graduation and are interested in a career in chemical research. This program features a full year of undergraduate research during the senior year.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Research Chemistry must complete the minimum course requirements as indicated. Deviation from the recommended program can be made only with the approval of the student's advisor and the concurrence of the department head.

Because the subject matter in general chemistry forms a critically important foundation for all of the advanced chemistry courses, both CHM 1101 and CHM 1102 must be passed with grades of at least C before taking any other chemistry courses.

To enter the senior year of the research chemistry option, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all chemistry courses at the end of the fall semester of the junior year is required.

Freshman Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces basic macro- and microeconomic concepts. Includes the economic role of government, business and individuals. Seeks to acquaint the student with sufficient material to understand major concepts and terminology used in our economy and the global community.
    Requirement(s):
    College of Business majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Continues . Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.
  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1
    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in , to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.
Sophomore Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.
  • CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Students conduct experiments in quantitative analytical techniques.
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4
    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.
  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Continues . Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.
  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1
    Continues . Includes experiments pertaining to .
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes fundamental principles of chemical phenomena; thermodynamics, equilibria and states of matter; and chemical kinetics.
  • CHM 3011 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in .
  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acquaints students with a variety of library services, sources and systems. Emphasizes research strategies and tools useful in each student's field of study, as well as the use of print, Internet and other electronic resources.
  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4
    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Continues . Includes chemical dynamics, quantum mechanics, atomic structures, chemical bonding and spectroscopy.
  • CHM 3012 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2
    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in .
  • CHM 3302 Analytical Chemistry 2: Instrumentation
    Credit Hours: 3
    Principles of modern chemical instrumentation, focusing on spectroscopy.
  • CHM 3312 Analytical Chemistry 2: Instrumentation Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 2
    Quantitative and instrumental analysis techniques to accompany .
  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • BIO 4010 Biochemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Introduces the structure and properties of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids. Includes lectures and labs involving intermediary metabolism, properties of enzymes, bioenergetics including oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • CHM 4001 Inorganic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers basic theoretical concepts of inorganic chemistry as related to elementary structure and bonding, stressing representative elements; and donor-acceptor concepts, symmetry and group theory. Introduces transition metal chemistry.
  • CHM 4700 Physical Biochemistry
    Credit Hours: 1
    Emphasizes the physical aspects of biochemistry. Includes enzyme mechanism, kinetics, inhibition, thermodynamics and binding constraints. Explores molecular modeling of proteins and protein folding, highlighting chemical interactions. Also includes an examination of protein-DNA binding interactions.
  • CHM 4900 Chemistry Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
    Presents topics of current chemical research interest by students, faculty and distinguished visiting scientists.
  • CHM 4910 Senior Thesis in Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Research conducted under the direction of a chemistry department faculty member. Includes the preparation and department approval of a written senior thesis during the second semester of study.
  • Restricted Electives (CHM) Credit Hours: 6
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • CHM 4002 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes structure and stability in coordination chemistry, spectroscopy of transition metal compounds; descriptive transition metal chemistry and reactions of metal compounds; and lanthanides and actinides. Introduces bioinorganic chemistry.
  • CHM 4611 Advanced Laboratory Techniques 1
    Credit Hours: 2
    Studies advanced lab techniques. Emphasizes analytical and inorganic methodology.
  • CHM 4901 Senior Research Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    Students present results of their senior research projects.
  • CHM 4911 Senior Thesis in Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3
    Research conducted under the direction of a chemistry department faculty member. Includes the preparation and department approval of a written senior thesis.
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CHM) Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 128
Restricted Electives
Choose From:
  • CHM 4111 Advanced Physical Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Selected topics in physical chemistry. Includes statistical mechanics and molecular modeling.
  • CHM 4304 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes electrode processes, thermodynamic and kinetic considerations, electrochemical methods and recent research articles.
  • CHM 4500 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Fundamentals of physical organic chemistry. Includes stereochemistry and structure, methods of mechanistic elucidation and selected mechanistic descriptions.
  • CHM 4550 Polymer Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces classes of polymers, their general patterns of behavior, polymer synthesis, physics of the solid state, polymer characterization, polymer rheology and polymer processing.