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B.S. in Chemistry

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Program Chair: Phillip Christiansen

Chemistry is the most central of sciences. It deals with the properties, composition and structure of matter, with the changes that occur in matter and with energy relationships involved in those changes. Chemistry has been at the forefront of virtually all recent advances in materials, medicine and renewable fuels. The chemistry program at Clarkson has been designed to:

  • Provide students with a core knowledge base to meet the challenges of professional careers spanning the full range of the chemical sciences.
  • Ensure that students have the opportunity to develop strong professional communication skills.
  • Provide a stimulating intellectual environment with exposure to open-ended problems likely to be encountered in industry, graduate schools and professional programs.

It is a rigorous degree program and students completing the requirements may be certified by the American Chemical Society if so desired. At the same time, it has the flexibility to allow students to develop the specialties that best meet their career goals. The small laboratory learning environment provides strong interaction between students and with instructors and the laboratory, as well as research experiences provide students ample opportunities to develop communication skills through small group presentations and reports. The chemistry faculty are internationally known for the quality of their research and undergraduates are encouraged to become involved in research with the faculty and graduate students as early as their freshman year.

A pre-health sciences program is available for students interested in medical school or a health-care related field. Clarkson also offers a pre-physical therapy undergraduate concentration and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program.

REQUIREMENTS
Chemistry (46 credits)
Biology Elective (3 credits)
CM103/105 Structure and Bonding with Lab
Physics and Math (20 credits)
CM104/106 Equilibrium and Dynamics
PH131/132 Physics I and II
with Lab
MA131/132 Calculus I and II
CM121 Freshman Seminar
MA232 Differential Equations
CM221/223 Spectroscopy with Lab
Statistics
CM241/242 Organic Chemistry I and II
Clarkson and First-Year Seminar,
CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab Knowledge Areas, University
CM300 Instrumental Lab Course and Professional Experience
CM312 Inorganic Chemistry
(22 credits)
CM320 Separations and Electrochemistry
Free Electives (29 credits)
CM345 Advanced Lab  
CM371/372 Physical Chemistry I and II  
CM402 Senior Seminar
 
 
Total — 120 credits


Chemistry Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CM103 Structure and
  CM104 Equilibrium and Dynamics1
3
  Bonding1
3
  CM106 Chemistry Lab II1
2
CM105 Chemistry Lab I1
2
  MA132 Calculus II
3
MA131 Calculus I
3
  PH132 Physics II
4
PH131 Physics I
4
  CM121 Freshman Seminar
1
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
    KA Elective
3
UNIV190 Clarkson Seminar
3
     
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16
   
16
       
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CM221 Spectroscopy
3
  CM242 Organic Chemistry II
3
CM223 Spectroscopy Lab
3
  CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab
3
CM241 Organic Chemistry I
3
    KA/UC Elective
3
MA232 Differential Equations
3
    Statistics Elective
3
  KA/UC Elective
3
    Free Elective
3
   
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15
     
15
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CM345 Advanced Laboratory
4
  CM300 Instrumental Laboratory
3
CM371 Physical Chemistry I
3
  CM312 Survey of Inorganic Chemistry
3
CM320 Separations and
  KA/UC Elective
3
  Electrochemistry
3
  CM372  Physical Chemistry II
3
  Professional Experience
3
    Biology Course
3
   Free Elective
3
     
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16
       
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SENIOR YEAR
(Standard Option)
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  KA/UC Elective
3
  CM402 Undergraduate Seminar
1
  Free Electives2
9
    Free Electives2
14
   
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12
     
15
    
(Thesis Option)
First Semester
 
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
CM491 Undergraduate Thesis
6
  CM402 Undergraduate Seminar (c1)
1
  KA/UC Elective
3
  CM492 Undergraduate Thesis
6
  Free Electives2
3
    Free Electives2
8
   
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12
     
15


1  With the permission of the department chair, CM131-132 may be accepted in lieu of CM103-106 for a student who wishes to transfer into the Department of Chemistry after having completed the first year in another department.

2  Those students wishing to satisfy the requirements for an American Chemical Society-accredited B.S. degree will need at least six credit hours in advanced chemistry electives, including biochem I. Thesis can count for only three such credits. Those students electing the standard option need at least one credit hour of an elective chemistry laboratory course.