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DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES

Office:
138 College of Sciences and Technology
Phone:
985-448-4502
Professor:
Dou, Lo, C. Young.
Associate Professors:
D. Smith, D. Wayment, K. Young (Head).
Assistant Professors:
Alivio, Bergeron, Komati, Marlow, Pokharel, Verma.
Instructors:
Beyer, Ledet, X. Wayment.

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. Two of the 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 six concentrations: Professional Chemistry (CHPR), Biochemistry (CHBC), Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Chemistry (CHDM), Pre-Pharmacy (CHPH), General Chemical Sciences (CHSC), and Chemistry Education (CHED). The CHPR and CHBC 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. The CHED concentration prepares students to become certified high school chemistry teachers. 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)
  • Chemistry Education Concentration (CHED)
CLR – Computer Literacy Requirement GER – General Education Requirement
OCR – Oral Communication Requirement UR – University Requirement

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 Concentration Course See below CLR 3
2 Concentration Course See below 4
2 Concentration Course See below OCR 3
2 Concentration Course See below GER 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 Concentration Course See below 4
4 Concentration Course See below 3
4 CHEM 435 3
4 CHEM 437 1
4 Concentration Course See below 1
4 Concentration Course See below GER 3
4 Concentration Course See below 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 Chemistry Concentration (CHPR)

MATH 166 (4) CHEM Electives – 6 hours from:
PHYS 201 (3)    CHEM 421 (3)
PHYS 202 (3)    CHEM 436 (3)
PHYS 203 (1)    CHEM 490 (3)
PHYS 204 (1) Electives – 6 hours (300-level or above)
CHEM 319 (1) Electives – 7 hours
CHEM 451 (2) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
CHEM 412 (3) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
CHEM 413 (1) Social Science Elective (6) (GER)
CHEM 450 (1) SPCH 101 (3) (OCR)
CMPS 130 (3) (CLR)

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) BIOL Electives (8) hours required from:
CHEM 319 (1)    BIOL 320 (4)
CHEM 436 (3)    BIOL 428 (3)
BIOL 156 (4)    BIOL 429 (1)
BIOL 203 (3)    BIOL 440 (3)
BIOL 204 (1)    BIOL 441 (1)
PHYS 201 (3) CHEM 450 (1)
PHYS 202 (3) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
PHYS 203 (1) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
PHYS 204 (1) Social Sciences Elective (300-level or above) (3) (GER)
CHEM 451 (2) SPCH 101 (3) (OCR)
CHEM 412 (3) CMPS 130 (3) (CLR)
CHEM 413 (1) Social Sciences Elective (3) (GER)

Pre-Pharmacy Concentration (CHPH)

BIOL 156 (4) BIOL 203 (3)
PHYS 101 or 201 (3) BIOL 204 (1)
PHYS 102 or 202 (3) BIOL 320 (4)
PHYS 203 (1) BIOL 440 (3)
PHYS 204 (1) MATH 301 (3)
BIOL 114 (3) Social Sciences Elective (6) (GER)
BIOL 115 (1) Humanities Elective (300-level or above) (3) (GER)
BIOL 116 (3) Humanities Elective (300-level or above) (3) (GER)
BIOL 117 (1) Electives (300-level or above) 4 hours
CHEM 450 (1) SPCH 101 (3) (OCR)
CMPS 130 (3) (CLR)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Concentration (CHDM)

PHYS 101 (3) CHEM 319 (1)
PHYS 102 (3) MATH 301 (3)
PHYS 203 (1) BIOL/CHEM Electives – 18 hours from 300-level or higher
PHYS 204 (1) Social Sciences Elective (6) (GER)
BIOL 156 (4) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
BIOL 203 (3) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
BIOL 204 (1) SPCH 101 (3) (OCR)
CHEM 450 (1) CMPS 130 (3) (CLR)

General Chemical Sciences Concentration (CHSC)

PHYS 101 or 201 (3) Electives – 5 hours (300-level or above)
PHYS 102 or 202 (3) Electives – 11 hours
PHYS 203 (1) CHEM Elective – 9 hours of 300-level or higher
PHYS 204 (1) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
CHEM 319 (1) Humanities Elective (3) (GER)
CHEM 412 (3) Social Sciences Elective (6) (GER)
CHEM 413 (1) SPCH 101 (3) (OCR)
CHEM 450 (1) CMPS 130 (3) (CLR)

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.

Chemistry Education Concentration (CHED)

PHYS 101 or 201 (3) CHEM 319 (1)
PHYS 102 or 202 (3) EDUC 441 (3)
PHYS 203 (1) EDUC 309 (3)
PHYS 204 (1) EDUC 313 (3)
EDUC 250 (3) EDUC 321 (3)
EDUC 251 (3) (CLR) EDUC 450 (3) (CLR)
PSYC 210 (3) (GER) EDUC 368 (3)
PSYC 311 (3) (GER) EDUC 454 (6) (OCR)
EDUC 312 (3) Humanities Electives (6) (GER)
EDUC 394 (3)

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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