Chemistry - Chemistry or Geochemistry BA/BS

The Chemistry program prepares students for industrial or government laboratory work or graduate work in Chemistry or Biochemistry. The Chemistry emphasis provides a strong foundation for students entering the professional health fields, especially the pre-professional programs such as Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pharmacy and Medical Technology.

The Geochemistry emphasis couples a solid foundation in analytical chemistry with the deductive thinking skills, three-dimensional visualization skills, and fundamental understanding of earth materials that the earth sciences offer. Students graduating with this major are prepared for careers in the geo-technical industry as well as continuing their education in a graduate program in the Environmental Earth Sciences.

Students may also complete courses required for secondary teaching certification.

Upon completion of the program, students will be well-prepared to:

  • Understand the relationship between matter and energy, composition and structure, and and their relation to physical and chemical behavior
  • Apply chemical principles to biological, geological and environmental phenomena
  • Demonstrate quantitative and conceptual reasoning
  • Think critically and apply knowledge in novel contexts
  • Safely and effectively apply laboratory skills
  • Design, conduct and report scientific research within the discipline

General Education Requirements

Written Communication
Select one of the following:6.00
WRITING AND RHETORIC I
and WRITING AND RHETORIC II
COLLEGE WRITING AND RESEARCH
Oral Communication
Select one from the following:3.00
FUNDAMENTALS OF ORAL COMMUNICATION
SMALL GROUP COMMUNICATION
PUBLIC SPEAKING
Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Select one of the following:3.00-5.00
COLLEGE ALGEBRA
COLLEGE ALGEBRA AND TRIGONOMETRY
CALCULUS I
Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two categories:6.00-8.00
Literature
LITERATURE AND IDEAS
WORLD CLASSICS
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
MYTHOLOGIES
Arts
INTRODUCTION TO ART
THE ART AND HISTORY OF THE MOTION PICTURE
INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS
SURVEY OF MUSIC
MUSIC IN AMERICA
WORLD MUSIC
HISTORY OF MUSICAL THEATER
HISTORY OF JAZZ AND POPULAR MUSIC STYLES
SURVEY OF THE THEATER
Language
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
Scientific Ways of Knowing
Select two of the following:8.00
PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
GENERAL PHYSICS I
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
Select one course from two disciplines:6.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT
INTERNATIONAL POLITICS
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
SOCIAL PROBLEMS
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
HUMAN RELATIONS IN ORGANIZATIONS
Diversity
Select one of the following:3.00-4.00
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
WORLD PREHISTORY
INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES
RACE AND ETHNICITY
COMMUNICATION AND DIVERSITY
INTERNATIONAL LITERATURE
NATIVE AMERICAN WRITTEN LITERATURE
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY
WORLD HISTORY I
WORLD HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
DIVERSITY IN ORGANIZATIONS
ETHICS AND IDENTITY
SOCIAL-CULTURAL ASPECTS OF SPORTS
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE I
ELEMENTARY NEZ PERCE LANGUAGE II
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY SPANISH I
ELEMENTARY SPANISH II
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH I
INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II
Integrative Seminar: Ethics & Values
Select one of the following:3.00
ID 300A - 300Z (see course descriptions for options)
HELLS CANYON INSTITUTE
Foreign/Heritage Language
Select 16 credits of language if selecting Bachelor of Arts Degree16.00
Total Credits38.00-43.00

Program Requirements

Major Courses
CHEM-112PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II4.00
CHEM-325QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS5.00
CHEM-454INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS5.00
CALCULUS I (Required if not completed as core)
PHYS-112GENERAL PHYSICS II4.00
or PHYS-212 ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
Electives
Select 4 credits from Natural Science at 300/400 level4.00
Select 32 elective credits32.00
Emphasis
Select one of the following emphasis:28.00-29.00
Chemistry Emphasis
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I WITH LABORATORY
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
LABORATORY PREPARATION TECHNIQUES
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LAB
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
BIOCHEMISTRY I
CALCULUS II
Geology Emphasis
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
HISTORICAL GEOLOGY
EARTH MATERIALS I
EARTH MATERIALS II
PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY
WORKSHOP IN GEOLOGY
Select one from the following:
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I WITH LABORATORY
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Select 4 credits of CHEM or GEOL 300/400 level
Total Credits82.00-83.00

Sequential Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL-101 WRITING AND RHETORIC I 3.00
COREOral Communication 3.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
CHEM-111 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I 4.00
 Credits13.00
Spring
CHEM-112 PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY II 4.00
ENGL-102 WRITING AND RHETORIC II 3.00
COREHumanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing 3.00
COREMATH-143, MATH-147 or MATH-170 3.00-5.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
 Credits16.00-18.00
Second Year
Fall
CHEM-325 QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS 3.00
CORESocial & Behavioral Ways of Knowing 3.00
PHYS-111
GENERAL PHYSICS I
or ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
4.00-5.00
Program RequirementSelect NS course 300/400 Level 4.00
 Credits14.00-15.00
Spring
COREDiversity 3.00
COREIntegrative Seminar: Ethics & Values 3.00
CHEM-454 INSTRUMENTAL ANALYSIS 5.00
PHYS-112
GENERAL PHYSICS II
or ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
4.00-5.00
 Credits15.00-16.00
 Total Credits58.00-62.00

Geochemistry Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallCredits
GEOL-101
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
or INTRODUCTION TO EARTH SYSTEMS
4.00
GEOL-313 EARTH MATERIALS I 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
GEOL-202 HISTORICAL GEOLOGY 4.00
GEOL-314 EARTH MATERIALS II 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits15.00
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOL-420 PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY 3.00
Program RequirementSelect CHEM or GEOL course 300 level or above 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits16.00
Spring
GEOL-491 WORKSHOP IN GEOLOGY 1.00-12.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
Program RequirementsCHEM-300, CHEM-371/CHEM-373, or CHEM-463 4.00
 Credits14.00-25.00
 Total Credits60.00-71.00

Chemistry Emphasis

Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
FallCredits
MATH-175 CALCULUS II 4.00
CHEM-300 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I WITH LABORATORY 4.00
CHEM-371 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I 3.00
CHEM-373 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LAB 1.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
CHEM-372 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II 3.00
CHEM-376 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LAB 2.00
CHEM-463 INORGANIC CHEMISTRY 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits15.00
Fourth Year
Fall
CHEM-353 LABORATORY PREPARATION TECHNIQUES 2.00
CHEM-481 BIOCHEMISTRY I 4.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits15.00
Spring
CHEM-306 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
ElectiveElective Credits 3.00
 Credits15.00
 Total Credits60.00

Graduates with a BA/BS in Chemistry go on to obtain careers in a variety of fields:

  • Analytical
  • Organic or Inorganic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Business
  • Law
  • Biochemical
  • Geochemistry
  • Education
  • Technical Writing
  • Information Specialists/Technical Libraries

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