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Chemistry

120
Total Credit Hours
8
Full-Time Faculty
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Why study Chemistry at APSU?

APSU is a great place for chemistry majors for a variety of reasons.  The department boasts a high placement rate for graduates into professional schools and employment opportunities.  Our low student to faculty ratio enables students to have close interactions with their instructors.  All of our classes (both lectures and labs) are taught by professors who get to know each and every student on a first-name basis.  All instruction takes place in state-of–the–art lecture and laboratory facilities.  Undergraduate research within the department is growing and there are opportunities to receive funding to conduct this research with a faculty mentor in a variety of chemical fields.  

What will I learn?

Chemistry is often called the “central science” due to the fundamental role it plays in every aspect of the world around us.  A student majoring in chemistry has a deep commitment to understanding how our world exists and operates on a molecular level in accordance with the laws of nature.  Chemistry is a very rigorous curriculum that involves physics and mathematics to help students understand the driving forces of the chemical reaction.  There are many branches of chemistry and students often gravitate to specific fields like organic, inorganic, physical, biochemistry, or materials chemistry. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunties are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are …………..coming soon

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

 

Welcome to the Chemistry Department!

About us

The Chemistry Department consists of eight full time faculty, two full-time temporary faculty, adjunct faculty, a lab manager and an office manager. Several undergraduate degree programs exist including a program approved by the American Chemical Society. In order to offer an ACS-approved degree, our department has demonstrated our ability to meet certain national standards year after year.

The department graduates 20-30 majors per year. These graduates go into various professional programs including chemistry graduate schools and medical, dental, or pharmacy schools. Many alumni are employed in industrial chemistry and government laboratories.

What Will I Learn?

The Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Chemistry is a versatile degree that can be used in many careers. The chemistry degree consists of 69 hours in addition to the university’s core curriculum. The biochemistry, forensic, and 7-12 education concentrations require additional hours.

University Core 42 hours
Required Major 69 hours
Electives 9 hours
   
Math, Biology, and Physics Requirements  
MATH 1730-Precalculus  4
MATH 1910- Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4
BIOL 1110/1111- Principles of Biology I w/lab 4
PHYS 2010/2011- College Physics w/lab 4
PHYS 2020/2021- College Physics w/lab 4
  20 hours
Lower Division Requirement  
CHEM 1110/1111- General Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 1120/1121- General Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 2000- Chemistry Sophomore Seminar 4
  9 hours
Upper Division Requirement  
 CHEM 3510/3511- Organic Chemistry w/lab 4
 CHEM 3520/3521- Organic Chemistry w/lab 4
 CHEM 3210/3211- Quantitative Analysis w/lab 4
 CHEM 3440/3441- Inorganic Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 3610/3611- Physical Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 4310/4311- Biochemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 4000- Chemistry Senior Seminar 1

One of the following four courses:

  • CHEM 3220/3221- Instrumental Analysis w/lab OR
  • CHEM 4440/4441- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry w/lab OR
  • CHEM 3620/3621- Physical Chemistry w/lab OR
  • CHEM 4320/4321- Biochemistry II w/lab
4
CHEM Directed Elective (3000-4999) 3
COSM Directed Electives (3000-4999) 8
  40 hours
The biochemistry concentration requires all of the courses required of a BS in Chemistry, plus additional courses that focus on biochemistry. The concentration is pursued by many pre-professional students or students wanting to pursue biochemistry graduate school.
University Core 42 hours
Required Major 76 hours
Electives 2 hours
   
Math, Biology, and Physics Requirements  
MATH 1730-Precalculus  4
MATH 1910- Calculus and Analytic Geometry 4
BIOL 1110/1111- Principles of Biology I w/lab 4
BIOL 1120/1121- Principles of Biology II w/lab 4
BIOL 3130/3131- Genetics w/lab 4
BIOL 4440/4441- Cell and Molecular Biology w/lab 4
Directed BIOL Electives (3000 – 4999) 8
PHYS 2010/2011- College Physics w/lab 4
PHYS 2020/2021- College Physics w/lab 4
  30 hours
Lower Division Requirement  
CHEM 1110/1111- General Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 1120/1121- General Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 2000- Chemistry Sophomore Seminar 4
  9 hours
Upper Division Requirement  
 CHEM 3510/3511- Organic Chemistry w/lab 4
 CHEM 3520/3521- Organic Chemistry w/lab 4
 CHEM 3210/3211- Quantitative Analysis w/lab 4
 CHEM 3440/3441- Inorganic Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 3610/3611- Physical Chemistry w/lab 4
CHEM 4310/4311- Biochemistry I w/lab 4
CHEM 4320/4321- Biochemistry II w/lab 4
CHEM 4000- Chemistry Senior Seminar 1
CHEM Directed Electives (3000-4999) 8
  37 hours

At APSU, our students are pursuing a chemistry degree within the context of a liberal arts education. So in addition to the valuable skill set a chemist brings to the workforce, it is our desire to teach students how to think and communicate effectively wherever they end up in society. Our students become leaders, and we equip them to take the skills learned in our department and apply them in a way to make positive changes in our community. These skills include:

  • skills of inquiry, abstract and logical thinking, and critical analysis
  • literacy in writing, reading, listening, and speaking
  • an ability to understand and use numbers and statistics
  • an understanding of the scientific method
  • preparation to enter a chosen profession, undertake advanced study, or develop an avocation

Our students have gone on to pursue careers in:

  • medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, and other health related fields
  • graduate school in chemistry followed by academic or industrial career pathways
  • teaching at the high school or middle school level
  • forensic science
  • and many more!

Our pre-professional students have gone on to further their studies at the following schools:

where do our pre-professional students further their studies

Who do we advise?

The chemistry department advises: (1) those students majoring or minoring in chemistry and its related programs or concentrations such as forensic science, teaching, or biochemistry and (2) those students in the preprofessional programs of prepharmacy, predentistry, and premedicine.

We have also compiled Course Planning Guides (advising worksheets) which can help you see at a glance what courses are required in the various programs or concentrations in our department.

Want to learn more?

If you want to talk with an advisor or have additional questions concerning chemistry or preprofessional programs served by the chemistry department, contact the chemistry department's office manager, Donna Liverett, at 931-221-7628 or by e-mail to liverettd@apsu.edu

Senior chemistry students demonstrate how to perform titrations in General Chemistry Lab

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Dr. Jeff Beardmore
'81 BS, Pediatrician, Medical Director at UnitedHealthcareArnett Clinic, Lafayette, Indiana

The chemistry program prepared me well for what was to come: medical school, residency and pediatrics. And I felt that the entire department cared about me as a student and as a person.
rebekah finley
Rebekah Finley
Chemistry Major, Pre-pharmacy

The Chemistry Department at APSU is my home away from home.

What Do Chemistry Majors Do After Graduation?

Chemistry majors have a variety of options available to them after graduation because of the analytical and critical thinking skills learned while they are a student at APSU.  Many enter professional schools (graduate, medical, pharmacy, dental, dental hygiene) while others directly enter the workforce for public employers or governmental agencies as technicians, quality control scientists, researchers, forensic scientists, process control operators, and middle school or high school teachers. 

  • Consulting
  • Development
  • Editing
  • Environmental
  • Environmental
  • Forensics
  • Hospital Administration
  • Industrial Health and Safety
  • Industrial Quality Control
  • Lab coordinator
  • Legislation and Lobbying
  • Management
  • Medical
  • Patent Law
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Product Analysis and Testing
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Technical Sales/Marketing
  • Writing