This curriculum allows students to major with a maximum of forty-six credits in chemistry while providing flexibility for exposure in other cognate fields. This degree is appropriate for students in science-oriented pre-professional programs such as medicine and dentistry, as well as for students entering secondary science teaching. For individuals interested in entering a graduate program in chemistry or pursuing a position in the chemical industry upon graduation, it is recommended that the additional requirements for professional certification by the American Chemical Society (see Requirements tab) be completed.
Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.Students planning to major in chemistry should consult with an advisor in the Chemistry Department not later than the beginning of their sophomore year.
Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.
Those who wish to follow the general curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for the B.A. degree with a major in chemistry must complete the following courses:
|CHM 1220/1230||General Chemistry I||4|
|CHM 1240/1250||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHM 2220/2230||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|CHM 2280/2290||General Chemistry II: Analytical Chemistry||3|
|CHM 3020||Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 5400||Biological Physical Chemistry||4|
|or CHM 5420||Physical Chemistry I|
|CHM 5550||Physical Chemistry Laboratory||2|
|CHM 5600||Survey of Biochemistry||3|
|Select at least one of the following:||3-4|
|Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry II|
|Instrumental Analytical Chemistry|
|Physical Chemistry II|
|Chemical Synthesis Laboratory|
|Materials Chemistry and Engineering|
|Advanced Bioorganic Chemistry and Drug Design|
|Metabolism: Pathways and Regulation|
|Tools of Molecular Biology|
|PHY 2170/2171||University Physics for Scientists I||4|
|PHY 2180/2181||University Physics for Scientists II||4|
|MAT 2010||Calculus I||4|
|MAT 2020||Calculus II||4|
|MAT 2030||Calculus III||4|
|Three semesters of any language||12|
A minimum grade of 'C' is required in prerequisite chemistry courses.
At least fifteen credits in chemistry must be earned at Wayne State University.
B.A. candidates may receive certification by the American Chemical Society upon graduation by completing the following in addition to the Chemistry courses required for the B.A. degree:
|MAT 2150||Differential Equations and Matrix Algebra||4|
|MAT 2250||Elementary Linear Algebra||3|
|or MAT 2350||Elementary Differential Equations|
|CHM 5420||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CHM 5440||Physical Chemistry II (rather than CHM 5400)||4|
|CHM 5160||Instrumental Analytical Chemistry||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Chemical Synthesis Laboratory|
|Instrumental Analytical Chemistry Laboratory|
|Research in Chemistry|
To receive certification, students must submit an application along with a transcript to the Chemistry Department Curriculum Committee prior to the end of the final term.
Chemistry Honors (B.A. Program)
- All B.A. requirements in chemistry must be fulfilled.
- Minimum g.p.a.: 3.3 overall; 3.3 in chemistry courses.
- Minimum of four credits in independent research (CHM 5998). Research should commence in the junior year (or earlier).
- Completion of one semester of an Honors Program 4200-level seminar (consult the Schedule of Classes under ‘Honors Program’). This course may be used in partial fulfillment of College Group Requirements and can be elected in either the junior or senior year.
- At least twelve credits in honors-designated course work.
- Submission of a B.A. thesis or of a manuscript suitable for publication in a refereed chemical journal (covering the undergraduate research project) to the Honors Subcommittee in Chemistry which will act to accept or reject the thesis (or manuscript).
- An oral examination covering the B.A. Honors Research Project, by the Honors Subcommittee in Chemistry.