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Chemistry BS

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Paul Craig, School Head
(585) 475-6145, Paul.Craig@rit.edu

http://chemistry.rit.edu/

Program overview

The chemistry major prepares students for positions in several fields of chemistry, including professional industrial work in processing and laboratory operations, research and experimental work, supervision of technical projects, and managerial positions. A substantial number of students continue their education and earn advanced degrees in chemistry or pursue careers in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.

The chemistry major allows for flexibility in the type and number of chemistry and university-wide elective courses taken by the student. The program also provides students the option of planning an elective concentration in complementary fields such as imaging science, business, graphic arts, psychology, biology, criminal justice, computer science, engineering, environmental science, forensics, mathematics, packaging science, and physics.

Cooperative education

The chemistry major may be completed in four or five years, depending on the amount of cooperative education experience each student elects. Co-op may begin as early as the summer after the first year. Students may elect to complete the BS degree requirements in a traditional four-year program with three summers of co-op work experience. Students who choose to complete co-op requirements during the academic year will be required to extend their program.

Curriculum

Chemistry, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHEM-130 Chemical Connections 3
CHEM-151 General Chemistry 3
MATH-181 LAS Perspective 7A: Project-based Calculus I 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CHMA-161 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHMA-165 Analytical Methods Lab 2
CHMO-331 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-335 Comprehensive. Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MATH-182 LAS Perspective 7B: Project-based Calculus II 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMA-221 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHMO-332 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-336 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHMI-351 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
MATH-219 Multivariable Calculus 3
CHMA-222 Chemical Separations 3
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
CHMP-441 Physical Chemistry I 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  LAS Elective 6
  Free Elective 6
CHMP-442 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHMP-445 Experimental Physical Chemistry (WI) 3
Fourth Year
CHMI-352 Inorganic Chemistry II 3
  Advanced Chemistry Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 6
  Free Elective 6
  Advanced Chemistry Lab 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

Accelerated dual degree option

The BS chemistry major may be combined with the MS in materials science and engineering, allowing undergraduate students to acquire both a bachelor's and a master's degree in a total of five years. This option is designed for students who wish to explore the industrial applications of chemistry in the areas of developing new materials (polymers, plastics, natural product substitutes), new processes for producing those materials, and research into new applications for existing materials.

Chemistry, BS degree/Materials science and engineering, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHEM-130 Chemical Connections 3
CHEM-151 General Chemistry 3
MATH-181 LAS Perspective 7A: Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CHMA-161 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHMA-165 Analytical Methods Lab 2
CHMO-331 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-335 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-182 LAS Perspective 7B: Project-Based Calculus II 4
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMA-221 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHMO-332 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-336 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry II Lab 2
CHMI-351 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
MATH-219 Multivariable Calculus 3
  Free Elective 3
CHMA-222 Chemical Separations 3
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
CHMP-441 Physical Chemistry I 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  LAS Elective 6
  Free Elective 6
CHMP-442 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHMP-445 Experimental Physical Chemistry (WI) 3
Fourth Year
CHMI-352 Inorganic Chemistry II 3
  Advanced Chemistry Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 6
  Free Elective 6
  Advanced Chemistry Lab 3
MTSE-601 Introduction to Material Science 3
MTSE-617 Material Degradation 3
MTSE-702 Introduction to Polymer Science 3
MTSE-703 Solid State Science 3
Fifth Year
MTSE-790 Thesis 9
MTSE-704 Theoretical Methods 3
  Graduate Electives 6
  LAS Electives 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 150

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

The chemistry program prepares students for positions in several fields of chemistry, including professional industrial work in processing and laboratory operations, research and experimental work, supervision of technical projects, and managerial positions. A substantial number of students continue their education and earn advanced degrees in chemistry or pursue careers in pharmacy, medicine, and dentistry.

The chemistry program allows for flexibility in the type and number of chemistry and university-wide elective courses taken by the student. The program also provides students the option of planning an elective concentration in complementary fields such as imaging science, business, graphic arts, psychology, biology, criminal justice, computer science, engineering, environmental science, forensics, mathematics, packaging science, and physics.

Cooperative education

The chemistry program may be completed in four or five years, depending on the amount of cooperative education experience each student elects. Co-op may begin as early as the summer after the first year. The five-year course schedule assumes that the student will participate in co-op assignments for a total of eight academic quarters. Students may elect to complete the BS degree requirements in a traditional four-year program with three summers of co-op work experience.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Chemistry (ACS certified), BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Introduction to Cooperative Education and Chemical Careers 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry I Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 16
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Second Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1008-312 Separations Techniques 3
1008-319 Separations Techniques Lab 1
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds III Lab 2
  Liberal Arts* 8
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Third Year
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1017-311, 312, 313 University Physics I, II, III 12
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
  Liberal Arts*§ 12
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Fourth Year
1014-442 Quantum Chemistry 4
1014-446 Quantum Chemistry Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
1012-562, 563 Inorganic Chemistry I, II** 8
1009-502 Biochemistry** 3
  University-wide Electives‡  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Fifth Year
1012-565 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry Lab** 3
1008-511 Advanced Instrumental Analysis** 3
1008-621 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab** 2
  Chemistry Electives§  
  University-wide Electives‡  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Total Quarter Credit Hours 182

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡Chemistry Research (1010-541, 542, 543) may be used as a university-wide elective and is highly recommended. Electives are necessary to bring the total quarter credit hours to 182 for graduation. Twelve quarter credit hours are necessary for full-time status.

**Required only for ACS certification.

Chemistry, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CHEM-130 Chemical Connections 3
CHEM-151 General Chemistry 3
MATH-181 LAS Perspective 7A: Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1 3
CHMA-161 Quantitative Analysis 3
CHMA-165 Analytical Methods Lab 2
CHMO-331 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-335 Comprehensive. Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
MATH-182 LAS Perspecitve 7B: Project-Based Calculus II 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
CHMA-221 Instrumental Analysis 3
CHMO-332 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry II 3
CHMO-336 Comprehensive Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
CHMI-351 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
MATH-219 Multivariable Calculus 3
CHMA-222 Chemical Separations 3
CHMB-402 Biochemistry I 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
  LAS Perspective 2 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Third Year
CHMP-441 Physical Chemistry I 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
  LAS Elective 6
  Free Elective 6
CHMP-442 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHMP-445 Experimental Physical Chemistry (WI) 3
Fourth Year
CHMI-352 Inorganic Chemistry II 3
  Advanced Chemistry Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  LAS Elective 6
  Free Elective 6
  Advanced Chemistry Lab 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Accelerated dual degree option

The BS chemistry program may be combined with the MS in materials science and engineering, allowing undergraduate students to acquire both a bachelor's and a master's degree in a total of five years.

Program discontinued
Effective June 2011, the BS/MS in chemistry will no longer accept new students. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Chemistry, combined BS (environmental chemistry option)/MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Introduction to Cooperative Education and Chemical Careers 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry I Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 12
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
1001-201 General Biology 3
1001-205 General Biology Lab 1
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Second Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1008-312 Separations Techniques 3
1008-319 Separations Techniques Lab 1
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds Lab 2
1004-210 Microbiology in Health and Disease 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
  Liberal Arts*‡ 12
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1008-511 Advanced Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-621 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab 2
1017-311, 312, 313 University Physics I, II, III 12
1015-522 Aquatic Toxicology and Chemistry 3
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
1009-702 Biochemistry 3
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
1014-442 Quantum Chemistry 4
1014-446 Quantum Chemistry Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
1015-720 Environmental Chemistry 3
1012-562 Inorganic Chemistry I 4
1012-565 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry Lab 3
  Chemistry Electives§‡  
1010-879 Research and Thesis Guidance** 3
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
Fifth Year††
1015-721 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
1010-870 Chemistry Seminar 2
1010-879 Research and Thesis Guidance** 6–13
Total Quarter Credit Hours 225

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information. Environmental studies concentration is recommended.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ACS (American Chemical Society) highly recommends a foreign language (preferably German).

§ A minimum of 36 hours of 700–level or higher chemistry courses is required to graduate with both a BS and MS degree.

**A student will be required to have 9 to 16 credit hours of Research and Thesis Guidance (1010-879).

††Course work in this year will be determined by the graduate committee and will need to fulfill the requirement of 225 credit hours.

Chemistry, combined BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Introduction to Cooperative Education and Chemical Careers 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry I Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 16
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Second Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1008-312 Separations Techniques 3
1008-319 Separations Techniques Lab 1
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic ID of Organic Compounds III Lab 2
  Liberal Arts* 8
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
1017-311, 312, 313 University Physics I, II, III 12
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
  Liberal Arts*‡ 12
  Chemistry Electives§  
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
1014-442 Quantum Chemistry 4
1014-446 Quantum Chemistry Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
1009-702 Biochemistry†† 3
1008-711 Advanced Instrumental Analysis†† 3
1008-621 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab†† 2
1012-562, 563 Inorganic Chemistry I, II†† 8
1012-765 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry Lab†† 3
  Chemistry Electives§  
1010-879 Research and Thesis Guidance** 3
Fifth Year§§
1012-870 Chemistry Seminar 2
1010-879 Research and Thesis Guidance** 6–13
Total Quarter Credit Hours 225

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ACS highly recommends a foreign language (preferably German).

§ A minimum of 6 to 8 quarter credit hours of 500-level course work.

§§ Course work in the fifth year will be determined by the graduate committee and will need to fulfill the requirement of 225 total credit hours. A minimum of 36 hours of 700-level or higher chemistry courses is required to graduate with both a BS and MS degree in chemistry.

**A student will normally have 9 to 16 credit hours of Research and Thesis Guidance.

†† Required only for ACS certification.

BS Chemistry/MS materials science and engineering option

The combined BS chemistry/MS materials science and engineering option is designed for students who wish to explore the industrial applications of chemistry in the areas of developing new materials (polymers, plastics, natural product substitutes), new processes for producing those materials, and research into new applications for existing materials.

Chemistry, BS/MS materials science and engineering degree option, typical course sequence (BS is ACS certified) (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1010-200 Chemical Safety 1
1010-230 Introduction to Cooperative Education and Chemical Careers 1
1010-251, 252 General Chemistry I, II 7
1010-255 General Chemistry I Lab 1
1008-261, 262 Quantitative Analysis I, II 7
1008-265, 266 Quantitative Analysis Lab I, II 3
1016-281, 282, 283 Calculus I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 16
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Second Year
1008-311 Instrumental Analysis 3
1008-318 Instrumental Analysis Lab 1
1008-312 Separations Techniques 3
1008-319 Separations Techniques Lab 1
1013-431, 432, 433 Organic Chemistry I, II, III 9
1013-435, 436 Preparative Organic Chemistry Lab I, II 2
1013-437 Systematic Identification of Organic Compounds Lab 2
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1016-306 Differential Equations 4
1017-311, 312, 313 University Physics I, II, III 12
  Liberal Arts* 4
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
1010-401 Chemical Literature 2
1014-441 Chemical Thermodynamics 4
1014-445 Chemical Thermodynamics Lab 1
1014-442 Quantum Chemistry 4
1014-446 Quantum Chemistry Lab 1
1014-443 Chemical Kinetics 4
1014-447 Chemical Kinetics Lab 1
  Liberal Arts* 16
  University-wide elective 4
1010-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Fourth Year
1008-511 (or 711) Advanced Instrumental Analysis§ 3
1008-621 Advanced Instrumental Analysis Lab§ 2
1009-502 Biochemistry: Conformation and Dynamics§ 3
1012-562, 563 Inorganic Chemistry I, II§ 8
1012-565 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry Lab§ 3
  Advanced Chemistry Elective‡  
1028-701 Introduction to Materials Science 4
1028-702 Introduction to Polymer Science 4
1028-705 Introduction to Experimental Techniques 4
1028-879 Research and Thesis Guidance§  
  Materials Science Electives‡  
Fifth Year
1015-721 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
1028-703 Solid State Science 4
1028-704 Introduction to Theoretical Methods 4
1028-710 Materials Properties and Selection 4
1028-780 Sensors and Actuators 4
1028-785 Sensors and Actuators Lab 2
  Materials Science Elective‡  
1028-879 Research and Thesis Guidance**  
1028-890 Seminar 1
Total Quarter Credit Hours 225

*Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

†Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡A minimum of 36 hours of 700–level or higher chemistry/materials science courses is required to graduate with both a BS and MS degree.

§ Required only for ACS certification.

** A student will be required to have 9 to 16 credit hours of Research and Thesis Guidance (1028-879).