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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Chemistry


Rickey P. Hicks, Chair, 300 Science and Technology Building

Admission Requirements

Students enrolled at East Carolina University or transferring from other institutions who have a minimum 2.0 GPA and a minimum grade of C in CHEM 1150, 1151, 1160, 1161 and MATH 1065 may apply for admission as chemistry majors. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree qualify for admission to the chemistry degree program if they have completed comparable courses as described above with a minimum grade of C as part of their first degree.

BA in Chemistry

The BA program provides a flexible major designed to provide the student with a broad education in chemistry appropriate for further study in a wide range of fields, such as business, medicine, pharmacy, and law as well as careers dependent on a basic knowledge in chemistry. The BA in chemistry, in conjunction with two semesters of laboratory-based biology courses, satisfies the course requirements for application to most US medical schools. It is different than the BS degree in the required chemistry, math, and physics courses. Any of the required major courses or cognates, however, may be replaced by courses that cover the same topics at a more advanced level. For example, CHEM 3950, 3960 may be taken instead of CHEM 3850. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the prerequisites for such courses have been met. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below. - 42 s.h.
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)
    PHYS 1250, 1260. General Physics (3,3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P for 1250: MATH 1065 or 1066; P for 1260: PHYS 1250)
    PHYS 1251, 1261. General Physics Laboratory (1,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (C for 1251: PHYS 1250 or 2350; C for 1261: 1260 or 2360)
  2. Foreign language through level 1004. - 12 s.h.
  3. Core. - 30 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory II (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    CHEM 2250, 2251. Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis (3,2) (WI, WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; one organic CHEM course)
    CHEM 2750. Organic Chemistry I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; C: CHEM 2753)
    CHEM 2753. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) (F,S,SS) (C: CHEM 2750)
    CHEM 2760. Organic Chemistry II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750; C: CHEM 2763)
    CHEM 2763. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750, 2753; C: CHEM 2760)
    CHEM 3450. Elementary Inorganic Chemistry (3) (S) (P: CHEM 2250, 2251; C: CHEM 3451)
    CHEM 3451. Elementary Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1) (WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 2250, 2251; C: CHEM 3450 or 5550)
    CHEM 3850, 3851. Introduction to Physical Chemistry (4,1) (WI, WI) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; MATH 2122 or 2172; PHYS 1260, 1261)
  4. Cognates. - 6-13 s.h.
    MATH 2121. Calculus for the Life Sciences I (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 1065 or 1077 with a minimum grade of C) and MATH 2122. Calculus for the Life Sciences II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 2121) or MATH 1083. Introduction to Functions (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 1065 with a minimum grade of C) or MATH 1085. Pre-Calculus Mathematics (5) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 1065 with a minimum grade of C) and MATH 2171. Calculus I (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Minimum grade of C in any of MATH 1083 or 1085 or 2122) and MATH 2172. Calculus II (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 2171 with a minimum grade of C or MATH 2122 with consent of instructor)
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Chemistry Requirements for Students Participating in MD/7 Initiative

Students pursuing a BA in chemistry who are also participating in the MD/7 Program must meet all the above-specified requirements for their major and the math cognate. In addition, the student will need to fulfill the pre-health concentration by taking BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; PHYS 1250, 1251, 1260, 1261. If the student is accepted for admission to the Brody School of Medicine under the MD/7 Program, the first year of medical studies will count toward fulfilling the remaining 28 s.h. of electives as required for graduation.

BS in Chemistry

The BS degree in chemistry is the appropriate program for students considering advanced degree programs in chemistry, biochemistry, and other related fields or a professional career in chemistry. Graduates of this program meet certification requirements of the American Chemical Society. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue undergraduate research with a faculty member. Up to 6 s.h. of undergraduate research may be applied toward degree requirements. Information regarding undergraduate research may be obtained from the director of undergraduate studies. Students completing the BS degree are encouraged to consider some of the following courses as electives: COMM 2410 or COMM 2420; ITEC 3290 or ENGL 3820; MATH 2228, 3256, 4331; CHEM 4515, 4516, 4517; advanced 5000-level courses in chemistry; and BIOL 5800 or 5810. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs), including those listed below. - 42 s.h.
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on mathematics placement test)
    PHYS 1251, 1261. General Physics Laboratory (1,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (C for 1251: PHYS 1250 or 2350; C for 1261: 1260 or 2360)
    PHYS 2350, 2360. University Physics (4,4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (C for 2350: MATH 2121 or 2171; P for 2360: PHYS 2350)
  2. Core. - 45 s.h.
    CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory II (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    CHEM 2103. Introduction to Chemical Literature (1) (WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 2750)
    CHEM 2250, 2251. Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis (3,2) (WI, WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; one organic CHEM course)
    CHEM 2750. Organic Chemistry I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; C: CHEM 2753)
    CHEM 2753. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) (F,S,SS) (C: CHEM 2750)
    CHEM 2760. Organic Chemistry II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750; C: CHEM 2763)
    CHEM 2763. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750, 2753; C: CHEM 2760)
    CHEM 2770. Biological Chemistry (3) (F,S) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 2650 or 2760)
    CHEM 3451. Elementary Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1) (WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 2250, 2251; C: CHEM 3450 or 5550)
    CHEM 3950, 3951. Physical Chemistry and Laboratory I (4,1) (WI, WI) (S) (P: PHYS 1261, 2360; MATH 2173; CHEM 2250, 2251)
    CHEM 3960, 3961. Physical Chemistry and Laboratory II (4,1) (WI, WI) (F) (P: CHEM 3950, 3951)
    CHEM 4103. Seminar (1) (F,S) (P: Junior or senior standing; CHEM 2103)
    CHEM 5350, 5351. Instrumental Analysis (3,1) (WI, WI) (P: CHEM 3960)
    CHEM 5550. Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4) (F) (P: CHEM 3950; C: CHEM 3451 [for BS chemistry majors only])
  3. Elective labs (Choose a minimum of 2 s.h. from the following.). - 2 s.h.
    BIOL 5821. Principles of Biochemistry Laboratory (1) (F,S) (P/C: BIOL 5800 or 5810)
    CHEM 2111. Applications of Molecular Modeling (1) (F,S) (FC:SC) (P/C: CHEM 2750)
    CHEM 2301. Teaching Laboratory Chemistry (2,0) (F,S) (P: Grade of B or higher in CHEM 1160 and CHEM 1161 or permission of instructor) May count only 1 s.h. toward the 2 s.h. lab requirement
    CHEM 2771. Biological Chemistry Laboratory (1) (F,S) (FC:SC) (C: CHEM 2770)
    CHEM 3301. Practicum in Teaching (1) (F,S) (P: CHEM 2301 and consent of instructor)
    CHEM 4515, 4516, 4517. Research Problems in Chemistry (1,2,3) (F,S,SS) (P: Consent of instructor)
    CHEM 5993. Industrial Internship in Chemistry (3) (P: Selection by joint chem dept/industry screening committee; CHEM 2250, 2760, 3950)
  4. Cognates. - 17 s.h.
    MATH 1085. Pre-Calculus Mathematics (5) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: MATH 1065 with a minimum grade of C)
    MATH 2171, 2172, 2173. Calculus I, II, III (4,4,4) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P for 2171: minimum grade of C in any of MATH 1083, 1085 or 2122; P for 2172: MATH 2171 with a minimum grade of C or 2122 with consent of instructor; P for 2173: MATH 2172 with a minimum grade of C)
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

Chemistry Minor

Minimum requirement for the chemistry minor is 25-26 s.h. of credit as follows:
Core. - 25-26 s.h.
CHEM 1150, 1151. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: Chemistry placement test or passing grade in CHEM 0150; P/C: MATH 1065)
CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160: CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
CHEM 2250, 2251. Quantitative and Instrumental Analysis (3,2) (WI, WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; 1 organic CHEM course)
CHEM 2750. Organic Chemistry I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; C: CHEM 2753)
CHEM 2753. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) (F,S,SS) (C: CHEM 2750)
CHEM 2760. Organic Chemistry II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750; C: CHEM 2763)
CHEM 2763. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750, 2753; C: CHEM 2760)
CHEM 3450. Elementary Inorganic Chemistry (3) (S) (P: CHEM 2250, 2251; C: CHEM 3451) and CHEM 3451. Elementary Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory (1) (WI) (F,S) (P: CHEM 2250, 2251; C: CHEM 3450 or 5550) or CHEM 3850, 3851. Introduction to Physical Chemistry (4,1) (WI, WI) (F) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; MATH 2122 or 2172; PHYS 1260, 1261)

Chemistry Honors Program

The Department of Chemistry Honors Program provides an opportunity for outstanding chemistry majors to do intensive study and research in areas of special interest. A student desiring to enter the honors program must be a junior or senior majoring in chemistry, and possess a minimum GPA of 3.2 in all courses taken at East Carolina University as well as in all chemistry and cognate courses. Before participating in the honors program, students must notify the director of undergraduate studies chemistry and select a project supervisor from the chemistry faculty. Program participants are expected to select a topic mutual interest to both the student and project supervisor, research the topic through the scientific literature, and then conduct independent research on the topic. Upon completion of the research, the student must submit a detailed written research report and make an oral presentation on the honors project. Course requirements: CHEM 4103; a minimum of 5 h. research and/or independent study from: CHEM 4505, 4506, 4507, 4515, 4516, 4517.

Bachelor of Science and Accelerated MS in Chemistry

Students working toward a BS degree in chemistry have the opportunity to earn an MS degree in two or three additional semesters of study. These students are encouraged to begin research projects as undergraduates and take advanced classes that can be used to waive some MS course requirements. As seniors they may be granted early admission to the MS program and would be eligible to receive paid teaching assistantships. To be enrolled in the MS program as a senior, a student must within 6 s.h. credit of completing all undergraduate degree requirements. Applications to the MS program should be submitted during the first semester of the senior year and must include GRE scores.