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Chemical Physics Concentration

If you intend to become a professional chemist, this concentration will provide the preparation necessary for direct entry into the chemistry profession, graduate study in chemistry, or further study in chemical engineering. Upon completion, you may obtain industrial, governmental, or academic chemical positions either at the B.S. level or after obtaining higher (M.S. or Ph.D.) degrees.

At JCU, you’ll find access to internships, research and alumni connections needed to guide your career. Plus, you’ll get firsthand research experience in our state-of-the-art Dolan Center for Science & Technology.

Requirements

Pre-chemical engineering students should consult with the Department of Chemistry Pre-Engineering Advisor, Mike Setter, Ph.D., early on to plan their program of study.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a Chemical Physics Concentration (120 total credit hours): Click here to see the requirements

Integrative Core Requirements (40-52 hours)

This curriculum is for students graduating in 2019 or later.

Foundational Competencies (9-12 credit hours)

  • Written Expression: one or two courses, depending on placement
  • EN 125, Seminar on Academic Writing (3 cr.) OR
  • EN 120/121, Developmental Writing (6 cr.)
  • Oral Expression: one course
  • CO 125, Speech Communication (3 cr.)
  • Quantitative Analysis: one course (3 cr.)

Language (0-9 credit hours)

  • Students must complete the 201 level or equivalent in the language they continue from high school; those who place above this level (201) are exempt from the requirement.
  • Students must complete a two-course sequence (101-102) if they begin a new language at JCU.

Integrated Courses * (15 credit hours)

  • Engaging the Global Community (1 course; 3 cr.)
  • Exploring the Natural World (2 linked courses; 6 cr.)
  • Examining Human Experience (2 linked courses; 6 cr.)

Jesuit Heritage (16 credit hours)

  • Philosophy: two courses (one from each of the following categories)
  • Knowledge & Reality (3 cr.) AND
  • Values & Society (3 cr.)
  • Theology & Religious Studies: two courses
  • TRS 101, Intro to Theology & Religious Studies (3 cr.) AND
  • An additional 200- or 300- level TRS course (3 cr.)
  • Issues in Social Justice: one course (3 cr.)
  • Creative and Performing Arts: one course (1+ cr.)

Core Requirements in the Major

  • Additional Writing Course
  • Additional Presentation Component
  • Capstone Experience

*Notes:

  • Foundational writing (EN 125 or EN 120/121) is a prerequisite for all integrated courses
  • Foundational Quantitative Analysis is a prerequisite for Exploring the Natural World
  • Within the five integrated courses, students must include one science course (BL, CH, MT/CS, PH/EP, PS), one social science course (EC, PO, SC), and one humanities course (AH, CMLC/CL/IC, CO, EN, HS)
Chemistry Core Requirements (43-48 hours)

Course Name/Number

Credit Hours

General Chemistry I-II & Lab I-II (or Chemical Principles & Lab) - CH 141, 142, 143, 144 (or CH 151, 153)

10 (5)

Organic Chemistry I-II & Lab I-II - CH 221, 222, 223, 224

8

Analytical Chemistry & Lab - CH 261, 263

4

Physical Chemistry I - CH 363

3

Physical Chemistry Lab I - CH 367

2

Chemistry Seminar - CH 478A, 478B

0

Calculus and Analytic Geometry I-II - MT 135, 136

8

General Physics I-II/Lab I-II (or Physics I-II/Physics Workshops I-II) - PH 125/125L, 126/126L (or PH 135/135L, 136/136L *)

8 (10)

Total Chemistry Core Hours

38-48

*Notes:

  • CH 366 (Physical Chemistry II) may count as an upper-division elective by permission for all pathways except the Chemical Physics Concentration.
  • Chemical Physics concentrations must take the CH 366 sequence and the PH 135/135L, 136/136L sequence.
Chemical Physics Concentration Requirements (30 hours)

Course Name/Number

Credit Hours

Physical Chemistry II - CH 366

3

Physical Chemistry Lab II - CH 368

1

General Biochemistry - CH 431

4

Instrumental Analysis - CH 441

3

Instrumental Analysis Lab (CAP/OP/AP) - CH 443

2

Inorganic Chemistry - CH 481

3

Inorganic Chemistry Lab - CH 482

1

Calculus and Analytic Geometry III - MT 233

4

Mathematical Methods of Physics & Engineering - EP 217

3

Modern Physics or Thermal Physics - PH 246 or 325 *

3

At least 6 credits of upper-division CH electives, of which at least one is laboratory-based *

6

Total Chemical Physics Concentration Hours

33

*Notes:

  • Pre-chemical engineering students should take PH 246
  • CH 399 (1-3 cr.) is strongly encouraged as the laboratory elective; three credits of CH 399 would fulfill one of the upper-division electives and enrollment and successful completion of CH 399D will fulfill the Capstone (CAP), Additional Writing (AW), and Oral Presentation (OP) requirements of the Integrated Core Curriculum.
  • CH 443 (and CH 441) Instrumental Analysis Lab will fulfill the Capstone (CAP), Additional Writing (AW), and Oral Presentation (OP) requirements of the Integrated Core Curriculum.