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DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Office:
138 Beauregard Hall
Phone:
985-448-4502
Professor:
Lo
Associate Professors:
Giannamore (Head), Dou.
Assistant Professors:
Baker, DaSilva, D. Smith, Wayment, C. Young.
Instructors:
Lamberty, Moloney.

The Department of Physical Sciences offers courses in astronomy, chemistry, geology, physical science and physics. The university awards from this department the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Both concentrations for the B.S. degree are certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training (CPT). A minor in chemistry must include CHEM 105, 106, 110 (or 113 and 114), 221, 222, 226, 300, 302 and at least 3 additional semester hours chosen from other chemistry courses numbered 300 or above. A minimum grade of C is required in the chemistry minor courses.

Chemistry Program

The university awards the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry to a student who completes the minimum requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and earns a minimum grade of C in required mathematics and physical science courses. The curriculum provides both experimental and theoretical work in the five principal branches of chemistry – analytical, biochemistry, organic, inorganic, and physical. The Chemistry Program is designed to be flexible and to allow students to choose elective courses best suited for their future career goals.

The chemistry curriculum offers two concentrations: Professional Chemistry which is ACS certified and Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Chemistry.

Students in the Pre-Medical concentration in Chemistry are eligible to apply to the Tulane University School of Medicine Early Acceptance Program at the end of the sophomore year. The information for the program and the required sequence of courses for the first two years of the curriculum is found in this Catalog in section titled Tulane University School of Medicine Early Acceptance Program.   The course sequence and application information are also found at the Nicholls State University website www.nicholls.edu/academic_affairs/tulane.html.     Careful scheduling is very important for students interested in this program.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

  • Professional Chemistry Concentration (CHEM)
  • Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental concentration (CHDM)
FRESHMAN YEAR Sem.Hrs. SOPHOMORE YEAR Sem. Hrs.
BIOL 155 (GER) 4 CHEM 221, 222, 226, 300, 302 13
CHEM 105-106 (GER), CHEM 113, 114 8 CMPS 130 3
ENGL 101, 102 (GER) 6 MATH 166 4
Freshman Seminar Course (UR) 1 SPCH 101 (OCR) 3
HIST Electives (GER) 6 PHYS 201, 202, 203, 204 8
MATH 165* (GER) 5   31
  30    
       
JUNIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs. SENIOR YEAR Sem.Hrs.
Chem 303, 304, 305, 306, 319, 327 11 Arts Elective (GER) 3
ENGL 368 (GER) 3 CHEM 405, 407, 412, 413, 421, 435, 437, 450 17
Humanities Elective (GER) 3 Social Science Electives** (GER) 6
MATH 265 4 Concentration Courses or Electives 6
Concentration Courses or Electives 11   32
  32    

Total Hours Required for Degree (all concentrations): 125

* MATH 165 is the entry-level course for this major. All prerequisites for MATH 165 must be met.
** See General Education Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree. One of which must be at the 200 level or above.

NOTES: Courses in major should be taken in sequential order. Student should obtain curriculum sheet from department.

Professional Chemistry Concentration (CHEM)

  • CHEM Electives  (5) hours required
  • CHEM 436
  • CHEM 451
  • CHEM 452
  • CHEM 480
  • CHEM 481
  • CHEM 490
  • Electives – 6 hours (300-level or above)
  • MATH Elective (3 hours) from MATH 355 or 360 or 401

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Concentration (CHDM)

  • BIOL 156 (4)
  • BIOL 203 (3)
  • BIOL 204 (1)
  • BIOL/CHEM Electives (9) hours selected from the following:
  • BIOL 320 (4)
  • BIOL 326 (4)
  • BIOL 328 (3)
  • BIOL 332 (4)
  • BIOL 370 (3)
  • BIOL 371 (4)
  • BIOL 408 (3)
  • BIOL 440 (3)
  • CHEM 451 (2)
  • MATH 301 (3)

Early Acceptance Program with Tulane Medical School requirements must be completed by the end of sophomore year

  • BIOL 156(4)
  • BIOL 323(4)
  • BIOL 326(4)

Pre-Optometry is a two-year non-degree program that prepares a student to enter a school of optometry. Each pre-optometry student will follow the first two years of the chemistry curriculum with appropriate substitutions as approved by the advisor and the head of the Department of Physical Sciences. Most schools of optometry recommend that the student complete three or four years of undergraduate study prior to admission. The typical school of optometry prefers the student with the baccalaureate degree.

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