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Chemistry (CHEM) - Archive

Begin Date: Summer Session 1998
End Date: Spring Semester 1999

Chemistry (CHEM) - Archive


This major provides a strong foundation in the facts and principles of chemistry. Mathematics and physics are emphasized, since these subjects are essential to the understanding of chemistry. Courses in English and a foreign language and electives ensure study in non-technical subjects. This arrangement broadens the student's general education and enables him or her to relate the major to other fields of knowledge.

A student wishing to transfer into the Chemistry program must have attained an average of 2.50 in chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses and must have completed at least CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4), and 231(2). A Chemistry major may enter the fifth semester of the Chemistry program only if he or she has attained an overall average of 2.50 or better in chemistry, physics, and mathematics courses.

For the B.S. degree in Chemistry, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

CHEMISTRY MINOR: Students must take CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), 038(4), 039(3), 451(3), 452(3); select 2 credits from CHEM 036(2), 457(2); and any two courses from CHEM 405(3), 408(3), 410(3), 411(3), 425(3), 426(3), 431W(3), 439(3), 448(3), 453(3), 454(3), 455(3), for a minimum of 27 credits.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)

(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 10-12 credits

(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses.)

CHEM 012 GN(3)[1], 013 GN(3)[1], 014 GN(1)[1], 015 GN(1)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 201 GN(4), 202 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 016(1), 036(2)[1], 038(4)[1], 039(3)[1], 431W(3), 451(3), 452(3), 457(2), MATH 231(2), 250(3) (Sem: 3-4)
PHYS 204 GN(4) (Sem: 3-6)
MATH 220 GQ(2) (Sem: 5-6)

CHEM 425(3) or 426(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 18 credits of chemistry at the 400 level. (No more than 8 credits of CHEM 489(1-10) may be used to satisfy this requirement.) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 6-8 credits in a foreign language. (A foreign language in which a significant chemical literature is published. German or Russian is recommended.) (Sem: 3-6)


[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

The Pennsylvania State University ©1998

The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1998

Blue Sheet Item #: 26-07-082

Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)


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