B.S. Specialization in Materials Science

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.) with Specialization in Materials Science is a professional degree that can be certified by the American Chemical Society (if specific requirements are satisfied) and is designed to prepare the student for a career in chemistry.

The B.S. in Chemistry is characterized by “400-track” courses in general chemistry (CHEM 1410, 1420), organic chemistry (CHEM 2410, 2420), and physical chemistry (CHEM 3410, 3420), along with their associated laboratories. An “800-track” chemistry course is an acceptable substitute for a corresponding “400-track” course and is recommended for students with a particularly strong background in chemistry, usually with advanced placement in chemistry.

This table shows the suggested sequence of required courses.  Candidates not following the normal course sequence should consult an adviser as early and as often as possible.  Approved electives are chosen by the candidate in conference with an adviser; they must include courses that meet other College requirements (Foreign Language, Academic Writing, Humanities, etc.)

First Year – Credits: 24-34

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 2-15
  • CHEM 1410, 1411, 1420, 1421 – Introductory College Chemistry I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 8
    or
    CHEM 1810, 1811, 1820, 1821 – Principles of Chemical Structure and Lab and Principles of Organic Chemistry and Lab – Credits: 11
  • MATH 1310, 1320 – Calculus I and II – Credits: 8
  • MSE 2090 – Introduction to Materials Science – Credits: 3

Second Year – Credits: 24-30

  •  General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 0-13
  • CHEM 2410, 2411, 2420, 2421 – Organic Chemistry I and II and Laboratories – Credits: 12
    or
    CHEM 2810, 2811, 2820 – Principles of Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry and Lab and Principles of Thermodynamics and Kinetics – Credits: 9
  • MATH 2310 – Calculus III – Credits: 4
    or
    MATH 3250 – Ordinary Differential Equations – Credits: 4
    or
    APMA 2130 – Ordinary Differential Equations – Credits: 4
  • PHYS 1425, 2415 – Introductory Physics 1 and 2 for Engineers – Credits: 6
  • PHYS 1429, 2419 – Introductory Physics 1 and 2 Workshops for Engineers – Credits: 2
    or
    PHYS 2030, 2040 – Principles of Physics 1 and 2 Workshops for Pre-Health Students – Credits: 2
    or
    PHYS 2630, 2640 – Elementary Laboratory I and II – Credits: 2

Third Year – Credits: 24-34

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 6-16
  • CHEM 3721 – Analytical Chemistry Laboratory – Credits: 3
    *CHEM 3121 - Advanced Synthesis Lab, CHEM 4431 - Chemical Biology Lab, and CHEM 5380 - Determination of Molecular Structure by Diffraction Methods can be used as alternatives with the approval of the Chemistry Department
    or
    CHEM 3951, 3961, 4951, or 4961 – Undergraduate Research – Credits: 3
    (Please note that research used in place of CHEM 3721 cannot be used to satisfy the ACS research requirement below.)
  • CHEM 3410, 3420 – Physical Chemistry-Quantum Theory and Physical Chemistry-Thermodynamics – Credits: 6
  • CHEM 3811 – Physical Chemistry I Laboratory – Credits: 3
  • CHEM 4090 – Analytical Chemistry – Credits: 3 
  • MSE 3050 – Phase Diagrams and Kinetics of Materials – Credits: 3

Fourth Year – Credits: 12-34

  • General Area Requirements or electives – Credits: 0-22
  • CHEM 3951, 3961, 4951, and/or 4961 – Undergraduate Research – Credits: 6*
    (Please note that research used in place of CHEM 3721 cannot be used to satisfy this research requirement.)
  • CHEM 4320 – Inorganic Chemistry – Credits: 3
  • CHEM 4410 or 4440 – Biological Chemistry I or Biochemistry for Pre-Health – Credits: 3*
  • CHEM ELECTIVE (4000 level or higher) – Credits: 3
  • MSE 3101 – Materials Science Investigations – Credits: 3
  • MSE ELECTIVE (3000 level or higher) – Credits: 3

In addition, ENGR 2500 – Introduction to Nanoscience and Technology is highly recommended.

*Required for ACS Certified degree only.  If you wish to pursue ACS Certification, please fill out this form and return it to Cindy Knight in CHM 404.  For more information on ACS Certification and its significance, click here.

Click here for information on Reduced Course Load and Part-Time Enrollment.