Chemistry, B.S. - General

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/chemistry/programs 

120 Overall Credits Required

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (LEP) AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I

Tier 3 – Capstone (all three required):
CHE 301 – The Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry
CHE 445 – Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety
CHE 496 – Chemistry Seminar

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

42 Credits Required

Chemistry Requirements
29 Credits Required
GPA of 2.0 required in the major.

CHE 120 – General Chemistry I
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II
CHE 240 – Analytical Chemistry
CHE 260 – Organic Chemistry I
CHE 261 – Organic Chemistry II
CHE 370 – Physical Chemistry I
CHE 435 — Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 301CHE 445 and CHE 496 - Chemistry Connection (T3)*

Concentration in General Chemistry
13 Credits Required

CHE 371 – Physical Chemistry II
CHE 372 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 373 – Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 436 — Inorganic Chemistry Lab
Select two additional CHE course at or above the 300-level

In order to receive a degree in chemistry from Southern Connecticut State University, along with satisfying the requirements listed above students must complete a minimum of 16 credits of advanced chemistry courses (300 level or above) at SCSU. 

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

20 Credits Required

Requirements:

MAT 150 – Calculus I (T1QR)*
MAT 151 – Calculus II
MAT 252 – Calculus III
PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (T2PR)*
PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II

FREE ELECTIVES

Remaining credits to reach Overall Credits Required (listed above).