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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Chemistry

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (CHMBD)

This major provides a strong foundation in chemistry and prepares students for graduate or professional programs and for careers with companies and agencies requiring chemistry or related areas. The major has four options that allow students to choose an area of specialization to meet their career goals. These options are: general chemistry, biochemistry, business, and chemistry education pre-certification. Students have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty members.

Entrance Requirement: In order to be eligible for entrance to the CHMBD major (all options), a student must have: (1) attained more than 27 credits and (2) earned at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. degree in Chemistry, a minimum of 124 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field and must have earned a minimum 2.00 grade-point average.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18-21 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-6 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 92-102 credits
(This includes 18-24 credits of General Education courses. For the General Chemistry Option, and Biochemistry Option, 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses. For the Business Option, 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses. For the Chemistry Education Pre-Certification Option, 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 54 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (54 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], PHYS 211 GN(4)[1], PHYS 212 GN(4)[1] (Sem: 1-4)
CHEM 210(3)[1], CHEM 212(3)[1], CHEM 213(2)[1], CHEM 221(4)[1], CHEM 316(1) (Sem: 3-6)
CHEM 400(1), CHEM 413(4), CHEM 431W(3), CHEM 440(3), CHEM 441(1), CHEM 443(1), CHEM 457(1), and CHEM 472(3) (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 38-48 credits

GENERAL CHEMISTRY OPTION:(38 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (14 credits)
CHEM 450(3), CHEM 452(3) and CHEM 457(1), ENGL 202C GWS(3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1] (Sem: 3-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from MATH 250(3)[1] or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits of 400-level CHEM courses (excluding CHEM 494, CHEM 495, and CHEM 496) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from CHEM 494(1-12) or CHEM 496(1-18) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from school-approved list. (Students may apply up to 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

BIOCHEMISTRY OPTION: (44 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (26 credits)
B M B 402(3), BIOL 110S GN(4)[1], BIOL 230W GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
ENGL 202C GWS(3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1](Sem: 3-8)
B M B 403(1), CHEM 450(3), CHEM 452(3) and CHEM 457(1) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12 credits)
Select 3 credits from B M B 406(3), B M B 465(3), BIOL 322(3), MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from MATH 250(3)[1] or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of 400-level CHEM courses (excluding CHEM 494, CHEM 495, and CHEM 496) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from CHEM 494(1-12) or CHEM 496(1-18) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from school-approved list. (Students may apply up to 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

BUSINESS OPTION: (46-47 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (22 credits)
ECON 102 GS(3)[1], ENGL 202D GWS(3)[1], MGMT 301(3), MKTG 301(3) (Sem: 3-8)
CHEM 496(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SCM 200 GQ(4)[1], STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18-19 credits)
CHEM 450(3) or CHEM 452(3) (Sem: 5-6)
Select 6 credits of 400-level CHEM courses (excluding CHEM 494, CHEM 495, and CHEM 496) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9-10 credits in one of the following sequences:
a) SCM 310(3), MGMT 331(3), MGMT 410(3), MGMT 420(3) (Sem: 5-8)
b) MKTG 342(3), MKTG 330(3), MKTG 327(3), MKTG 410(3), MKTG 428(3) (Sem: 5-8)
c) CMPSC 203 GQ(4), MIS 204(3), MIS 336(3), MIS 430(3), MIS 445(4) (Sem: 5-8)
d) One selection each from a), b), and c) above (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from school-approved list. (Students may apply up to 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

CHEMISTRY EDUCATION PRE-CERTIFICATION OPTION: (47-48 credits)
This option helps prepare students for chemistry education teaching positions in secondary schools. It includes the academic requirements for the Chemistry Education Instructional I certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

PRESCRIBED COURSES (26-27 credits)
CHEM 450(3), CHEM 452(3) and CHEM 457(1), ENGL 202C GWS(3)[1], MATH 230(4)[1], PSYCH 100 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 3-8)
EDPSY 014(3) taken concurrently with C I 295(1), EDTHP 115 US(3) taken concurrently with C I 295(1) (Sem:3-8)
CHEM 395(1-2) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from MATH 250(3)[1] or STAT 401(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 6 credits of 400-level CHEM courses (excluding CHEM 494, CHEM 495, and CHEM 496) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from CHEM 494(1-12) or CHEM 496(1-18) (Sem: 5-8)
HD FS 129 GS(3)[84] or PSYCH 212 GS(3)[84] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from school-approved list. (Students may apply up to 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 1-8)

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

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-04-017

Review Date: 01/10/2012

ETM revision: 1/15/2013

UCA Revision #1: 10/10/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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