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Chemical Science Major

Effective Fall 2015

Exclusions:

Students who elect a major in Chemical Science may not elect the following major: Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

Advising

Students develop a plan for the major in consultation with a program advisor. Those interested in a B.S. degree with a major in Chemical Science (120 credits) or the specialized program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (124 credits) are urged to consult a program advisor during the freshman and/or sophomore years. Prospective majors are advised that further study in chemistry requires adequate performance in early chemistry courses (preferably B- or better) as well as in the mathematics and physics prerequisites. Students interested in an Honors degree should see the Chemistry Honors advisor. Appointments are scheduled online at http://lsa.umich.edu/chem/undergraduates/advising.html. Students interested in the joint program with the College of Engineering should make an appointment with John Stratman [Academic Advising Center, 1255 Angell Hall, 734.764.0332] and then make an appointment to see a chemistry department advisor online.

Grade Policies

The department strongly recommends that a student earn a grade of at least C– in all CHEM courses and mathematics, physics, and biology courses that are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A major program grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; this includes chemistry courses, mathematics, physics, and biology prerequisites, and advanced electives that are part of a major plan. Prerequisites must be taken for a grade. Students must request any change in a chemistry course grade within the first fifteen University Business days of the first full term following the term in which the disputed grade was issued.

Prerequisites

  • CHEM 210/211, 215, 216, 241/242, and 260
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241]
  • MATH 115 (or 120), 116 (or 121), or equivalent sequence.
  • CHEM 262; OR MATH 215 and one of MATH 214, 216 or 217, or equivalent

Requirements

  • CHEM 302 or 303
  • Two of CHEM 351, 402, 419, 420
  • Two of CHEM 447, 461, [463 or 453]
  • CHEM 462 (Note: CHEM 462 is to be taken concurrent with CHEM 461, 463 or 452).
  • Two different courses from the following CHEM 352, 399 (taken over 2 semesters), 436, 482, 483 to total a minimum of 5 credits.
  • Additional 3-credit upper-level elective

Honors

The B.S. Chem. Degree is the basis of the Honors degree in Chemistry.

Teaching Certificate

Those seeking a B.S. with a teaching certificate in Chemistry must fulfill departmental as well as School of Education requirements. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate with a teaching major or minor in Chemistry should contact the School of Education Office of Academic Services.

Chemical Science (B.S.) (Winter 2015-Summer 2015)

May be elected as a departmental major

Effective Winter 2015-Summer 2015

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Chemical Science may not elect the following major: Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

This major  exposes students to all sub-disciplines in Chemistry, but provides more flexibility in course selection than the BS Chemistry degree. Undergraduate research is an option, but not a requirement for this degree. The major in Chemical Sciences is directed toward students who have interdisciplinary interests and are not planning to either attend a traditional graduate program in chemistry or to find immediate employment as a Chemist. Instead, this degree is geared towards students who plan to attend graduate school in an interdisciplinary field where chemical knowledge will be beneficial, and this should also be an attractive option to students that plan to pursue post-graduate degrees in the Health Sciences.

Prerequisites to the Major 

  • CHEM 210/211, 215, 216, 241/242, and 260
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241]
  • MATH 115, 116, or equivalent sequence.
  • CHEM 262; OR MATH 215 and one of MATH 214, 216 or 217, or equivalent

Requirements for the Major

  • CHEM 302 or 303
  • Two of CHEM 351, 402, 419, 420
  • Two of CHEM 447, 461, [463 or 453]
  • CHEM 462 (Note: CHEM 462 is to be taken concurrent with CHEM 461, 463 or 452).
  • Two of CHEM 399 (2 or 3 credits), 352, 436, 482, 483 to total a minimum of 5 credits.  If a student chooses CHEM 399 to meet this requirement, the other course must be in an area of chemistry different from that of the CHEM 399 research.
  • Additional 3-credit upper-level elective

 

Honors Plan in Chemistry

The B.S. Chem. degree is the basis of the Honors degree in Chemistry. 

Teaching Certificate

Those seeking a B.S. with a teaching certificate in Chemistry must fulfill departmental as well as School of Education requirements. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate with a teaching major or minor in Chemistry should contact the School of Education Office of Academic Services.  

Chemical Science (B.S.) (Winter 2014-Fall 2014)

May be elected as a departmental major

Effective  Winter 2014-Fall 2014

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Chemical Science may not elect the following major: Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

This major  exposes students to all sub-disciplines in Chemistry, but provides more flexibility in course selection than the BS Chemistry degree. Undergraduate research is an option, but not a requirement for this degree. The major in Chemical Sciences is directed toward students who have interdisciplinary interests and are not planning to either attend a traditional graduate program in chemistry or to find immediate employment as a Chemist. Instead, this degree is geared towards students who plan to attend graduate school in an interdisciplinary field where chemical knowledge will be beneficial, and this should also be an attractive option to students that plan to pursue post-graduate degrees in the Health Sciences.

Prerequisites to the Major 

  • CHEM 210/211, 215, 216, 241/242, and 260
  • PHYSICS [135/136 or 140/141] and [235/236 or 240/241]
  • MATH 115, 116, or equivalent sequence.
  • CHEM 262; OR MATH 215 and one of MATH 214, 216 or 217, or equivalent

Requirements for the Major

  • CHEM 302 or 303
  • Two of CHEM 351, 402, 419, 420
  • Two of CHEM 447, 461, [463 or 453]
  • CHEM 462 (Note: CHEM 462 is to be taken concurrent with CHEM 461, 463 or 452).
  • Two of CHEM 399 (2 or 3 credits), 352, 436, 482, 483 to total a minimum of 5 credits.  If a student chooses CHEM 399 to meet this requirement, the other course must be in an area of chemistry different from that of the CHEM 399 research.

 

Honors Plan in Chemistry

The B.S. Chem. degree is the basis of the Honors degree in Chemistry. 

Teaching Certificate

Those seeking a B.S. with a teaching certificate in Chemistry must fulfill departmental as well as School of Education requirements. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate with a teaching major or minor in Chemistry should contact the School of Education Office of Academic Services.  

Chemistry Major (B.S. or B.S. Chem) (Fall 2012-Fall 2013)

May be elected as a departmental major

Effective Fall 2012-Fall 2013

Exclusions: Students who elect a major in Chemistry may not elect the following major: Interdisciplinary Chemical Sciences. They may also not elect any of the Chemistry minors.

Prerequisites to the Major 

CHEM courses through 215, 216, 241/242, and 260 or 370; PHYSICS [135 or 140]/141 and [235 or 240]/241; and MATH 115, 116, 215, 216, or an equivalent sequence are required for any major program in Chemistry. PHYSICS 240 or 235 and MATH 215 are prerequisites for CHEM 461 and students should, wherever possible, complete both of these before the junior year.

Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry (120 credits)

Students can complete the B.S. degree with a major in Chemistry (120 credits) by taking CHEM 302 or 303, 312, 402, 447, 461, 462, 463, 480, and 485. Two credits of research (399) culminating in a written report may be substituted for the projects lab, CHEM 485.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.) (124 credits)

The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem. degree) serves students who are interested in professional careers in chemistry, biochemistry, or related fields. Requirements include CHEM 302 or 303, 312, 402, 447, 461, 462, 463, 480, and four credits of CHEM 399 taken over at least two terms, as well as one advanced lecture course in chemistry.

Honors Plan in Chemistry

The B.S. Chem. degree is the basis of the Honors degree in Chemistry. Maintenance of a satisfactory GPA (3.4) in courses for the major, including prerequisites, and satisfactory completion of an Honors thesis (CHEM 499) based on the research done in CHEM 399 are required for Honors. All students, whatever their program, who are interested in an Honors degree should see the Chemistry Honors advisor (Room 1500 Chemistry) for approval for participation in the Junior-Senior Honors Program in Chemistry.

Teaching Certificate

Those seeking a B.S. or B.S. Chem. degree with a teaching certificate in Chemistry must fulfill departmental as well as School of Education requirements. Students who plan to earn a teaching certificate with a teaching major or minor in Chemistry should contact the School of Education Office of Academic Services.  

Special Departmental Policies - Chemistry (effective through Summer 2015)

Effective through Summer 2015 

The department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C– in all CHEM courses and mathematics and physics courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A major program grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; this includes chemistry courses, mathematics and physics prerequisites and advanced electives which are part of a plan for the major. Prerequisites must be taken for a grade. Students must request any change in a grade before the end of the next regular academic term.