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  • Course description

    Chemists may keep a low profile, but the fruits of their labor are all around us. In fact, so many aspects of our daily lives have been influenced by chemists, it's hard to know where to begin. Food. Medicine. Plastics. Computers. The science of chemistry has played a vital role in innovation and production for nearly every man-made material or object you see.

    Intrigued; why not consider a major in chemistry? Lewis University's Chemistry program prepares students with classroom knowledge and hands-on lab work.

    As a student, you will learn the knowledge and skills you need to investigate complex chemical concepts. You will study complex scientific issues, from the chemical basis of life, to the negative effects of chemical pollutants.

    A degree in chemistry provides excellent preparation for dental school, medical school, veterinary school, or graduate work in biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science or materials science.

    The Department of Chemistry offers two degrees. The Bachelor of Science program is more challenging; it's recommended for students who plan to pursue graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry. The Bachelor of Arts program is designed for students whose professional goals are science-related, but do not require additional graduate study.


    CHEMISTRY/BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

    Total Credit Hours: 128
    Major Credit Hours: 78-79

    This program follows the recommendations of the American Chemical Society and is intended for students who plan to go to graduate school or enter industry.  A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence. 

    A chemistry course may be taken only twice at Lewis University.  If a student has not achieved a minimum of "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class at Lewis.


    I. Core Courses (62-63)
    03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
    03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
    03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
    03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)
    03-220 Organic Chemistry I (4)
    03-221 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
    03-225 Organic Chemistry II (4)
    03-226 Organic Chemistry II Lab (1)
    03-300 Physical Chemistry I (3)
    03-301 Physical Chemistry I Lab (1)
    03-305 Physical Chemistry II (3)
    03-306 Physical Chemistry II Lab (1)
    03-320 Analytical Chemistry I (3)
    03-321 Analytical Chemistry I Lab (2)
    03-325 Instrumental Analysis (3)
    03-326 Instrumental Analysis Lab (2)
    03-400 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3)
    03-401 Advanced Organic Chemistry (3)
    03-405 Biochemistry I (3)
    03-406 Biochemistry I Lab (1)
    03-420 Advanced Chemical Laboratory Topics (1-2)
    03-497 Seminar (1)
    13-250 Calculus III (4)
    13-200 Calculus I (4)
    13-201 Calculus II (4)

    II. Select one Physics Sequence: (10)
    17-200 College Physics I (4)
    17-201 College Physics I Lab (1)
    17-205 College Physics II (4)
    17-206 College Physics II Lab (1)
    or
    17-210 General Physics I (4)
    17-211 General Physics I Lab (1)
    17-215 General Physics II (4)
    17-216 General Physics II Lab (1)

    III. Select at least six credit hours from the following Chemistry Courses: (6)
    03-340 Environmental Chemistry I (3)
    and
    03-341 Environmental Chemistry I Lab (1)
    03-342 Environmental Chemistry II (3)
    and
    03-343 Environmental Chemistry II Lab (1)
    03-402 Topics in Organic Chemistry (3)
    03-403 Nuclear Chemistry (3)
    03-404 Radiochemistry (3)
    03-407 Biochemistry II (3)
    and
    03-408 Biochemistry II Lab (1)
    03-415 Advanced Forensic Chemistry I (4)
    03-417 Trace Analysis (3)
    03-416 Advanced Forensic Chemistry II (4)
    03-418 Advanced Toxicology (3)
    03-450 Research (1-4)
    03-470 Internship (1-6)
    03-498 Special Topics (1-4)
    03-499 Independent Study (1-4)

    IV. The advanced writing requirement is satisfied by successful completion of upper-division laboratory classes.

    Forensic Concentration (80-81)

    This major will provide a scientific background for those interested in scientific investigation. This is the companion program to the degree in  Forensic Criminal Investigation  (offered through the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies) which prepares students for crime scene investigation work. The JLPSS degree prepares students to become evidence technicians in law enforcement agencies, while the concentration in Chemistry prepares students to work in forensic laboratories.
    Students majoring in the forensic concentration must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as a GPA of 2.75 in Chemistry to remain in the program. All transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as a minimum GPA of 2.75 in Chemistry. All students majoring in the forensic concentration may take a Chemistry class only twice at Lewis University. If a student has not achieved a minimum of a C after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class at Lewis.

    The student who wants to earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a forensic concentration must take 8 credit hours in addition to 72-73 required in the major (62-63 in core Chemistry and Calculus courses and 10 in Physics). These additional 8 credits may be distributed as follows:

    A. Required Course: (4)
    03-415 Advanced Forensic Chemistry I (4)
    B. At least 4 credit hours from the following courses: (4)
    03-407 Biochemistry II (3)
        and
    03-408 Biochemistry II Lab (1)
    03-416 Advanced Forensic Chemistry II (4)
    03-417 Trace Analysis (3)
    03-418 Advanced Toxicology (3)
    03-450 Research (1-4)
    03-470 Internship (1-6)
    03-498 Special Topics (1-4)
    03-499 Independent Study (1-4)


     

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