ChemistryProfessors Battino (emeritus), Feld, Fortman (emeritus), Gilpin, Katovic, Ketcha, Servé (emeritus), Seybold, Turnbull (interim chair)
Associate Professors Bombick, Dolson, Fossom, Grossie, McGowin, Higgins, Lunsford
The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science degrees in chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a concentration in chemistry is also available. The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science curricula are designed to prepare undergraduate students for careers as professional chemists, entrance into medical or dental school, or graduate work in chemistry. Both programs are flexible and permit the options of a heavy concentration in chemistry courses or a combination of a chemistry major with extensive course work in allied (other sciences) or nonallied (business, arts) areas. In order to develop their academic programs to meet specific needs and individual interests, students should consult their academic advisors. The Bachelor of Science program is certified by the American Chemical Society.
Degree Requirements-ChemistryBachelor of Science Degree
The Bachelor of Science candidate is required to complete the chemistry, mathematics, and physics course sequences in the following program outline with one exception: CHM 499, Special Problems in Chemistry, is not required. However, it is expected that the serious chemistry major will complete at least four credit hours of this research course during the senior year.
In the Bachelor of Science program with an orientation for premedical students or others wishing a broader science base, CHM 417, 419, 420, 421, 425, and BMB 421 are not required. The physics requirement may be met with the PHY 111, 112, 113 sequence and PHY 101, 102, 103 laboratories. BIO 111, 112, and 115 are required. At least two courses must be selected from BIO 210, 211, 212, 256, 305, 312, 403, 443. Courses in other sciences may substitute for these BIO courses with departmental permission. In addition, students must take at least eight credit hours selected from BMB 421, 423, or three courses from CHM 402, 417, 420, 421, 440, 441, 443, 444, 461, 465/467. Students serious about medical school should elect BMB 421 and 423. Students should also be careful to fulfill all university and college degree requirements. Copies of a more detailed premedical program may be obtained from the College of Science and Mathematics Premedical Advisor.
Because the order in which science courses are taken is so important, students are advised to begin the mathematics, chemistry, and physics sequences as soon as possible.
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (with ACS certification)
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (premed option)
Degree Requirements-ChemistryBachelor of Arts Degree
The Bachelor of Arts degree candidate is required to complete the chemistry, mathematics, and physics course sequences in the following program outlines. Additional requirements include 12 hours of science electives and two years of foreign language study. The science elective requirement may be satisfied with any course sequence in the College of Science and Mathematics (COSM) or the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS), including additional chemistry courses or individual research projects (CHM 499). The foreign language requirement may be satisfied with two years of study in any foreign language or one year each of two languages.
Chemistry majors who are Bachelor of Arts degree candidates are also required to earn 27 credit hours (18 of which must be 200 level or above) outside the colleges of Science and Mathematics and Engineering and Computer Science. This requirement may not be satisfied with courses used to fulfill foreign language or General Education requirements. In order to ensure a reasonably high level of exposure in some area, it is further required that students complete at least 30 hours in courses numbered 300 or higher applicable to the degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Dual Major DegreeDual Major Requirements in Chemistry
Chemistry EducationStudents who wish to teach chemistry in Ohio public high schools can pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Upon completion of this undergraduate degree program in the College of Science and Mathematics, students then must complete the Professional Educators Program (PEP) Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through Wright State's College of Education and Human Services. Graduates of the B.S. in chemistry and the M.Ed. Professional Educators Program are eligible to seek licensure from the Ohio Department of Education in either chemistry or chemistry in combination with another science field, depending on the content of the undergraduate curriculum.
Degree Requirements-Chemistry Education
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry-Chemistry Education
Chemistry Honors ProgramThe honors program in chemistry is designed to provide recognition to the gifted student who pursues a program of independent study under the guidance of a faculty advisor. The program is open to any chemistry major in the B.S. program having at least junior standing and a 3.25 or better overall GPA, including a 3.40 or better average in at least four quarters of chemistry. The normal time for application for admission is at the end of the sophomore year and no later than the end of the junior year.
Students apply for admission by contacting the chairman of the departmental undergraduate studies committee, who will examine the student's record to determine eligibility. Eligible students are asked to submit a short statement (no longer than one typed page) indicating (1) why he/she wishes to pursue departmental honors, (2) the faculty member who has agreed to work with him/her, and (3) a description of the proposed project. Upon acceptance into the program, the student should undertake at least 12 credits of CHM 488 and/or 499. The student also must pass two elective 300- or 400-level chemistry courses; with prior departmental approval, extra courses in other sciences (300 level or above) may be substituted.
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