Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Department of Chemistry

Undergraduate Programs
Computational Chemistry (this program is in moratorium Summer 2013 through Spring 2017)

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in computational chemistry is designed to provide a thorough foundation in the various fields of chemistry and the related sciences, as well as a proper educational balance in the liberal arts.  In addition, it provides a means for chemistry majors with an interest in the application of computers and computing in chemistry to obtain expertise in computer fundamentals.  The program is for students planning careers in the chemical industries or in governmental laboratories and for those planning graduate study in chemistry.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Computational Chemistry

  1. The University requirements for bachelor’s degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Chemistry.

    The University’s Tier II writing requirement for the Computational Chemistry major is met by completing Chemistry 355, 395, 435, and 481.  Those courses are referenced in items 3. b. (3) and 3. b. (4) below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. The following courses outside the Department of Chemistry (49 or 50 credits):
    (1) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    BS 110 Organisms and Populations 4
    BS 111 Cells and Molecules 3
    ENT 205 Pests, Society and Environment 3
    MMG 205 Allied Health Microbiology 3
    PLB 105 Plant Biology 3
    PSL 250 Introductory Physiology 4
    ZOL 141 Introductory Human Genetics 3
    (2) All of the following courses (46 credits):
    CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
    CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II 4
    CSE 260 Discrete Structures in Computer Science 4
    CSE 320 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming 4
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    MTH 314 Matrix Algebra with Applications 3
    MTH 451 Numerical Analysis I 3
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    PHY 191 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, I 1
    PHY 192 Physics Laboratory for Scientists, II 1
    b. The following courses in the Department of Chemistry (46 or 47 credits):
    (1) One of the following pairs of courses (7 or 8 credits):
    (a) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    (b) CEM 181H Honors Chemistry I 4
    CEM 182H Honors Chemistry II 4
    (2) One of the following pairs of courses (4 credits):
    (a) CEM 162 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
    CEM 262 Quantitative Analysis 3
    (b) CEM 185H Honors Chemistry Laboratory I 2
    CEM 186H Honors Chemistry Laboratory II 2
    (3) All of the following courses (32 credits):
    CEM 351 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CEM 352 Organic Chemistry II 3
    CEM 355 Organic Laboratory I 2
    CEM 391 Molecular Thermodynamics 3
    CEM 392 Quantum Chemistry 3
    CEM 395 Analytical/Physical Laboratory 2
    CEM 411 Inorganic Chemistry 4
    CEM 415 Advanced Synthesis Laboratory 3
    CEM 434 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
    CEM 435 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
    CEM 495 Molecular Spectroscopy 2
    (4) The following capstone course (3 credits):
    CEM 481 Seminar in Computational Chemistry 3