DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Office:
138 Beauregard Hall
Phone:
985-448-4502
Professor:
Dou, Lo, C. Young (Head)
Associate Professors:
D. Smith, Wayment.
Assistant Professors:
Alivio, Jiang, Marlow, Moloney, Pokharel, Verma, K. Young.
Instructors:
Beyer.

The Department of Chemistry and 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. Three of the five concentrations for the B.S. degree lead to degrees certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training (CPT).

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 Sciences and Technology 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 five concentrations: Professional Chemistry (CHPR), Biochemistry (CHBC), Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Chemistry (CHDM), Pre-Pharmacy (CHPH), and General Chemical Sciences (CHSC). The CHPR, CHBC and CHDM concentrations lead to a Bachelor of Science degree that is ACS certified. The CHPR concentration is designed for students preparing for graduate school or for work in industry in chemistry or a related science. The CHBC concentration is for students with career interests in biochemistry and the biomolecular sciences. The CHDM concentration is for students who will be seeking admission to medical, dental, or related professional school. The CHPH concentration is designed such that a student will earn a B.S. degree in Chemistry while preparing for Pharmacy school. Colleges of Pharmacy are increasingly admitting students who have earned undergraduate degrees. If you intend to seek admission to Pharmacy without completing your undergraduate degree, work closely with your advisor in Chemistry and Physical Sciences to plan your curriculum. Finally, the CHSC concentration is a non-ACS-certified program designed to equip students with a general study of chemistry.

Students majoring in pre-professional curricula like Pre-Pharmacy and Pre-Optometry who leave Nicholls for professional school before completing requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry may have completed all requirements for the Associate of General Studies degree and would be entitled to receive that degree. Such students should contact the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences for an assessment of eligibility.

In addition, some coursework completed at professional schools may be applicable toward the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Therefore, students who leave Nicholls before completing requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree and who attend professional school may have completed acceptable coursework toward the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and would be entitled to receive that degree. Such students should contact the Department of Physical Sciences for an assessment of eligibility.

Minor

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 all courses used for the chemistry minor.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

  • Professional Chemistry Concentration (CHPR)
  • Biochemistry Concentration (CHBC)
  • Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Concentration (CHDM)
  • Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (CHPH)
  • General Chemical Sciences Concentration (CHSC)

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR* COURSE NAME COURSE NUMBER REQUIREMENT CREDIT HRS
1 BIOL 155 GER 4
1 CHEM 105 GER 3
1 CHEM 106 GER 3
1 CHEM 113 1
1 CHEM 114 1
1 ENGL 101 GER 3
1 ENGL 102 GER 3
1 Freshman Seminar Course UR 1
1 Concentration Course See below GER 3
1 Concentration Course See below GER 3
1 MATH 165** GER 5
2 CHEM 221 3
2 CHEM 222 3
2 CHEM 226 2
2 CHEM 300 3
2 CHEM 302 2
2 CMPS 130 CLR 3
2 Concentration Course See below 4
2 SPCH 101 OCR 3
2 Concentration Course See below 3
2 Concentration Course See below 3
2 Concentration Course See below 1
2 Concentration Course See below 1
3 CHEM 303 3
3 CHEM 304 3
3 CHEM 305 1
3 CHEM 306 1
3 ENGL 368 or 468 GER 3
3 Humanities Elective GER 3
3 Concentration Course See below 4
3 Concentration Course See below 3
3 Concentration Course See below 3
3 Concentration Course See below 3
3 Concentration Course See below 3
4 Fine Arts Elective GER 3
4 CHEM 405 3
4 CHEM 407 2
4 CHEM 412 3
4 CHEM 413 1
4 Concentration Course See below 3
4 CHEM 435 3
4 CHEM 437 1
4 CHEM 450 1
4 Concentration Course See below GER 3
4 Social Sciences Elective GER 3
4 Concentration Course See below 3
  TOTAL HOURS     120

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

**MATH 165 is the entry-level course for this major. All prerequisites for MATH 165 must be met.

NOTES: Student should obtain curriculum sheet from department.

Professional Concentration (CHPR)

  • MATH 166 (4)
  • PHYS 201 (3)
  • PHYS 202 (3)
  • PHYS 203 (1)
  • PHYS 204 (1)
  • CHEM 319 (1)
  • CHEM 451 (2)
  • Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER)
  • Electives – 6 hours (300-level or above)
  • Electives – 7 hours
  • CHEM Electives  (6) hours from:
    • CHEM 421 (3)
    • CHEM 436 (3)
    • CHEM 490 (3)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)

Electives can be from any discipline. Recommended choices: CHEM 421, 436, 451, 452, 480, 481, 490; MATH 265, 355, 358, 360, 407, or any BIOL or GEOL. NOTE: CHEM 490 may be repeated if content is different. CHEM 421, 436, or 490 may count towards free elective after CHEM electives are satisfied.

Biochemistry Concentration (CHBC)

  • MATH 166 (4)
  • CHEM 319 (1)
  • CHEM 436 (3)
  • BIOL 156 (4)
  • BIOL 203 (3)
  • BIOL 204 (1)
  • PHYS 201 (3)
  • PHYS 202 (3)
  • PHYS 203 (1)
  • PHYS 204 (1)
  • CHEM 451 (2)
  • Social Sciences Elective (300-level or above) (3) (GER)
  • BIOL Electives (8) hours required from:
    • BIOL 320 (4)
    • BIOL 328 (3)
    • BIOL 329 (2)
    • BIOL 440 (3)
    • BIOL 441 (1)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (CHPH)

  • BIOL 156 (4)
  • PHYS 101 or 201 (3)
  • PHYS 102 or 202 (3)
  • PHYS 203 (1)
  • PHYS 204 (1)
  • BIOL 114 (3)
  • BIOL 115 (1)
  • BIOL 116 (3)
  • BIOL 117 (1)
  • BIOL 203 (3)
  • BIOL 204 (1)
  • BIOL 320 (4)
  • BIOL 440 (3)
  • MATH 301 (3)
  • Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (300-level or above) (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (300-level or above) (3) (GER)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Concentration (CHDM)

  • PHYS 101 (3)
  • PHYS 102 (3)
  • PHYS 203 (1)
  • PHYS 204 (1)
  • BIOL 156 (4)
  • BIOL 203 (3)
  • BIOL 204 (1)
  • CHEM 319 (1)
  • MATH 301 (3)
  • BIOL/CHEM Electives – 14 hours from 300-level or higher
  • Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)

General Chemical Sciences Concentration (CHSC)

  • PHYS 101 or 201 (3)
  • PHYS 102 or 202 (3)
  • PHYS 203 (1)
  • PHYS 204 (1)
  • CHEM 319 (1)
  • Electives – 5 hours (300-level or above)
  • Electives – 11 hours
  • CHEM Elective – 9 hours at 300-level or higher
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
  • Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
  • Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER)

Electives can be from any discipline. Recommended choices: CHEM 421, 436, 451, 452, 480, 481, 490; MATH 265, 355, 358, 360, 407, or any BIOL or GEOL. NOTE: CHEM 490 may be repeated if content is different. CHEM 421, 436, or 490 may count towards free elective after CHEM electives are satisfied.

Pre-Optometry Non-Degree Program

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 Chemistry and 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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