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2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry BS

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Chemistry is often described as being the central science. It provides an atomic level description of such diverse fields as medicine, nanotechnology, and environmental science. The bachelor of science degree in chemistry prepares students for successful entry into a professional career in industry or government, a pharmaceutical degree, or graduate studies in chemistry and allied disciplines. The chemistry major provides a rigorous and comprehensive background in all aspects of chemistry. Students interested in pharmacy school are strongly encouraged to pursue a BS in chemistry. Undergraduate research projects are offered on a regular basis and guidance is provided to all majors concerning careers in chemistry. Frequent consultation with your faculty advisor is strongly encouraged.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate application and evaluation of chemical information skills.
  2. Students will demonstrate oral and written communication skills.
  3. Students will apply the scientific method and integrate chemical knowledge to demonstrate problem solving skills.
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding and implementation of lab safety skills.
  5. Students will demonstrate proper use and application of instrumentation and computer application skills.

Degree Requirements

General Education Program 31 Hours
  The Quantitative Reasoning and Natural Science components of the GEP are satisfied by the requirements of the bachelor of science in chemistry. See the General Education Program Requirements by Content Category  for further information about the GEP.  
Chemistry Tracks (General, Pre-Pharmacy, and Industrial) 30-46 Hours
Mathematics and Support Courses 7-8 Hours
General Electives 24-28 Hours
Minimum Hours Required 120 Hours

Chemistry Tracks (35-46 Hours)

Industrial Chemistry Track (35 Hours)

General Electives (24-28 Hours)

Choose 24-28 credit hours of General Electives, depending upon choice of track.  See special notes.

Bachelor Degrees

Special Notes

  • Students must complete—at Shawnee State— at least 12 credit hours in their majors. The 12 hours must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level. In the case of the BS natural science, at least 8 of the 12 upper division hours must be in the first concentration.
  • General Electives:  Elective hours are not limited to any particular area of study and can be earned in science to enhance the major or to complete requirements for a minor. Courses from all departments of the University can be used to satisfy the electives requirements. Electives should include courses in the arts and humanities. Coherent groups of courses are encouraged and should be chosen with the student’s career objectives and personal interests in mind. Consultation with your faculty advisor is highly recommended so that electives can be an important component of your educational experience.

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