2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    
    Jul 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Chemistry, BS


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Chair:

Mathew M. Maye, 1-133 Center for Science and Technology, 315-443-2146, mmmaye@syr.edu

Faculty

Atanu Acharya, Carlos A. Castañeda, Joseph Chaiken, Arindam Chakraborty, John D. Chisholm, Robert P. Doyle, John M. Franck, Jonathan French, James L. Hougland, Xiaoran Hu, Timothy M. Korter, Yan-Yeung Luk, Mathew M. Maye, Davoud Mozhdehi, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Rachel Steinhardt, Nancy I. Totah, Weiwei Zheng

Chemistry, the science concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic, elemental, and molecular systems, is taught through courses in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and through direct participation in original research.

Chemistry, the science concerned with the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of matter, especially of atomic, elemental, and molecular systems, is taught through courses in analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry and through direct participation in original research. Undergraduate majors in chemistry may elect one of three programs, two leading to a B.A. degree, with an emphasis in either chemistry or biological chemistry, and one to the B.S. degree. Either B.A. degree program requires fewer credits in chemistry than the B.S. option, and yet provides a foundation in the discipline adequate for either immediate professional engagements or for graduate studies. Students studying for a B.S. degree in chemistry gain a more extensive background as they fulfill a broader range of requirements; they must file a petition with the department chair indicating their intent to secure the B.S. degree before it can be awarded.

Students interested in a B.S. degree in biochemistry should see the biochemistry section here .

For information about certification to teach chemistry at the secondary school level, see Education/Arts and Sciences (dual program) in this section of the catalog.

For all Arts and Sciences|Maxwell students, successful completion of a bachelor’s degree in this major requires a minimum of 120 credits, 96 of which must be Arts and Sciences|Maxwell credits, completion of the Liberal Arts Core requirements, and the requirements for this major that are listed below.

Dual Enrollments:

Students dually enrolled in Newhouse* and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 122 credits, with at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences|Maxwell coursework and an Arts and Sciences|Maxwell major.

*Students dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences|Maxwell as first year students must complete the Liberal Arts Core. Students who transfer to the dual program after their first year as singly enrolled students in the Newhouse School will satisfy general requirements for the dual degree program by completing the Newhouse Core Requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes


1. Develop quantitative and qualitative problem solving skills in core disciplines of chemistry

2. Develop accurate and safe laboratory techniques, recognize hazards and wastes, disseminate results

3. Train on modern instrumentation, interpret results, analyze data.

4. Communicate effectively, work in small groups, perform database literature reviews.

5. Design experiments using ethical behavior, understand impact of Chemistry on society

B.S. Degree Requirements


To declare and remain a B.S. major in Chemistry (including Medicinal Chemistry track), a student must satisfy either of the following two requirements:

1) Earn a grade of C+ or better in General Chemistry lecture and laboratory courses (CHE106/107/116/117 or honors equivalents, or AP credit for CHE106/107/116/117) AND earn a grade of C or better in CHE 275;

-OR-

2) Earn a grade of A- or better in a General Chemistry lecture course (CHE106/116/109/119) taken at Syracuse University.

Additional Information


If taken in an appropriate area of research, additional credit in CHE 450  beyond the 3 credits required in (1) above may be substituted for up to 4 laboratory credits with the department’s approval.

B.S. Degree Requirements: Medicinal Chemistry Track


At least 40 credits in chemistry are required for the B.S. degree with the Medicinal Chemistry Track. Each student’s course of study should include the following:

One year of calculus:


Degree with Distinction


Distinction in Chemistry is awarded by the chemistry department upon completion of the chemistry major and a high-quality chemistry thesis. The thesis will be evaluated and judged by a committee consisting of the research advisor and two other chemistry faculty members. Other requirements include a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 by the end of the senior year, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 in chemistry department courses. See Professor Totah for additional requirements.

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