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Department of Chemistry & BiochemistryUndergraduate Program

Undergraduate Program Summary University Catalog Course Descriptions

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry Major

The program leading to the Bachelor of Science with a major in chemistry includes a diversity of fundamental and in-depth courses in organic, inorganic, analytical, physical chemistry, and biochemistry. Chemistry majors must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major.

Major Requirements

Chemistry Courses Course Title Hrs
CHEM 121/122-123/124 or CHEM 137N/138N Foundations of Chemistry I & II or Accelerated General Chemistry I & II Lecture /Lab 8
CHEM 211-213 Organic Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 212-214 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & II 4
CHEM 321 Analytical Chemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 322 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 331-333 Physical Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 332W-334W Physical Chemistry Laboratory I & II 4
CHEM 351 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis Lecture 3
CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 3
CHEM 441 Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 485 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHEM electives. Select one from below:
CHEM 415 Intermediate Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 443 Intermediate Biochemistry 3
CHEM 449 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 451 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 453 Essentials of Toxicology 3
CHEM electives. Select one from below:
CHEM 352 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 442W Biochemistry Laboratory 4
CHEM 452 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 497/498 (2 credits) Independent Study 1/2

Other Required Courses

In addition to completing the university's lower division general education requirements and upper division general education requirements, chemistry majors must complete the following courses:

Chemistry Courses Course Title Hrs
MATH 163 Precalculus II 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4
MATH 212 Calculus II 4
MATH 312 Calculus III 4
PHYS 231N-232N University Physics I & II 8

Chemistry majors must have a C or better in all required chemistry coursework and must complete a minimum of 12 credits in upper level (300/400) chemistry courses at Old Dominion University. Written permission by the CDA or chair is required prior to taking upper level chemistry courses at other institutions.

Graduates of this program will have their degree certified by the American Chemical Society.

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, passage of the Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency, and completion of Senior Assessment. Additional hours may be required to meet the foreign language requirement. Chemistry majors may not use the biochemistry minor to fulfill upper-division general education requirements.

Accelerated Track Program

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an accelerated track program to provide outstanding students the chance to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry in five years. This accelerated program includes tracks in environmental sciences and in marine sciences/oceanography (see the environmental sciences and marine sciences/oceanography track descriptions for the M.S. program). Students accepted into this program will work towards the B.S. in chemistry by taking a full schedule of courses each semester and summer. Graduate courses will begin in the summer following the third year and continue through the summer of the fifth year. When they are near completion of their undergraduate curriculum, accelerated track students can move into the M.S. chemistry program, in either the environmental sciences track or the marine sciences track, or they may enter the M.S.-oceanography program to study chemical oceanography. Both the environmental sciences and the marine sciences/oceanography programs take a holistic approach to studying environmental and marine research problems by emphasizing the relationships between biological, chemical, and geological systems in the global environment.

Contact the departmental office for more details at (757) 683-4078.

Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry Major

Biochemistry majors must earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major. In addition to the areas of organic, analytical, and physical chemistry, biochemistry majors will gain in-depth knowledge in biochemistry theory and laboratory techniques. Biochemistry majors are also required to take some biology courses.

Major Requirements

Chemistry Courses Course Title Hrs
CHEM 121N/122N - 123N/124N or CHEM 137N/138N Foundations of Chemistry I & II or Accelerated General Chemistry I & II Lecture /Lab 8 or 6
CHEM 211-213 Organic Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 212-214 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & II 4
CHEM 321 Analytical Chemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 322 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 331-333 Physical Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 441 Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 443 Intermediate Biochemistry 3
CHEM 442W Biochemistry Laboratory I 4
CHEM 485 Biochemistry Seminar 1

Other Required Courses

In addition to completing the university's lower division general education requirements and upper division general education requirements, biochemistry majors must complete the following courses.

Chemistry Courses Course Title Hrs
BIOL 115N-116N General Biology I & II 8
BIOL 293 Cell Biology 3
BIOL 303 Genetics 3
MATH 163 Precalculus II 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4
MATH 212 Calculus II 4
MATH 312 Calculus III 4
PHYS 231N-232N University Physics I & II 8

Biochemistry majors must have a C or better in a chemistry and biology coursework and must complete a minimum of 12 credits in upper level (300/400) chemistry courses at Old Dominion University. Written permission by the CDA or chair is required prior to taking upper level chemistry courses at other institutions.

For an American Chemical Society- certified degree, biochemistry majors must also take CHEM 351 and CHEM 421; and select one from CHEM 415, CHEM 449, CHEM 451, and CHEM 453; and select two from CHEM 332W, CHEM 352, and CHEM 422.

Requirements for graduation include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, passage of the Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency, and completion of Senior Assessment. Additional hours may be required to meet the foreign language requirement. Biochemistry majors may not use the chemistry minor to fulfill upper-division general education requirements

Accelerated Track Program

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers an accelerated track program to provide outstanding students the chance to complete both the B.S. in biochemistry and an M.S. in chemistry (see biochemistry and clinical chemistry track descriptions for the M.S. program) in five years. Graduate courses will begin during the fall semester of the student's senior year and continue through the summer of the fifth year.

Contact the departmental office for more information at (757) 683-4078.

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry Major with Teaching Liscensure

The Bachelor of Science - Chemistry Major with Teaching Licensure program leads to eligibility for teacher licensure in Virginia and is available only to individuals holding a baccalaureate degree or completing requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. Students wanting to be admitted to the teacher education program must have a 2.75 grade point average in the major and overall, with no grade less than a C- in the content area and the professional education core, no less than a C in the major, and have passed PRAXIS I or achieved State Board of Education-approved SAT scores.

Admission

Students wanting to be admitted to the teacher education program must have a 2.75 grade point average in the major and overall, with no grade less than a C- in the content area and the professional education core, no grade less than a C in the major, and have passed PRAXIS I or achieved State Board of Education-approved SAT scores. Although students may enroll in a limited number of education courses, passing PRAXIS I scores or SAT scores must be on file with the Office of Teacher Education Services and Advising prior to enrollment in any education practicum course or courses in developing instructional strategies. It is recommended that students take the PRAXIS I exam prior to, or during, enrollment in ECI 301.

Requirements

Chemistry Courses
Course Title Hrs
CHEM 121/122-123/124 or CHEM 137N/138N Foundations of Chemistry I & II or Accelerated General Chemistry I & II Lecture /Lab 8 or 6
CHEM 211-213 Organic Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 212-214 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I & II 4
CHEM 321 Analytical Chemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 322 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 331-333 Physical Chemistry Lecture I & II 6
CHEM 332W-334W Physical Chemistry Laboratory I & II 4
CHEM 351 Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 421 Instrumental Analysis Lecture 3
CHEM 422 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory 3
CHEM 441 Biochemistry Lecture 3
CHEM 485 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHEM electives. Select one from below:
CHEM 415 Intermediate Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 443 Intermediate Biochemistry 3
CHEM 449 Environmental Chemistry 3
CHEM 451 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM 453 Essentials of Toxicology 3
CHEM electives. Select one from below:
CHEM 352 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 442W Biochemistry Laboratory 4
CHEM 452 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHEM 497/498 (2 credits) Independent Study 1/2

Other Required Courses

In addition to completing the university's lower division general education requirements, chemistry majors must complete the following courses.

Courses Course Title Hrs
MATH 163 Precalculus II 3
MATH 211 Calculus I 4
MATH 212 Calculus II 4
MATH 312 Calculus III 4
PHYS 231N-232N University Physics I & II 8

Chemistry majors must have a C or better in 121N/122N - CHEM 123N/124N, 311-313, 312-314, 321, and 322, and must complete a minimum of 12 credits in upper level (300/400) chemistry courses at Old Dominion University. Written permission by the CDA or chair is required prior to taking upper level chemistry courses at other institutions.

Upper Division Requirements: Minor in Education

Courses Course Title Hrs
TLED 301 Foundations and Introduction to Assessment in Education 3
TLED 430 PK-12 Instructional Technology (satisfies CS requirement) 3
TLED 360 Classroom Management and Discipline 2
SPED 406 Students with Diverse Learning Needs in the General Education Classroom 3
TLED 408 Reading & Writing in Content Areas 3
SPED 313 Fundamentals of Human Growth & Development 3
STEM 454 Developing Instructional Strategies for Teaching in the Middle/High School: Science 4
TLED 483 Practicum Seminar in Education (corequisite with STEM 454) 1
TLED 485 Student Teaching 12

Continuance

Students must maintain a general grade point average of 2.75 in the academic major and complete all degree requirements for the major and in the professional education core with no grade less than a C- for continuance in the College of Education. In order to obtain a Virginia teaching license, all teacher education students must attain passing scores on the appropriate PRAXIS II specialty area tests. A list of the passing scores established by the Virginia Department of Education is available on the Virginia Department of Education web site or the Office of Teacher Education Services and Advising, Education 152. The PRAXIS II Chemistry Content Examination must be passed before the candidate may begin the teacher internship. Passing PRAXIS II scores must be on file in the Office of Teacher Education Services and Advising and attached to the internship application.

Graduation

Requirements for graduation include passage of the Exit Examination of Writing Proficiency; completion of the Senior Assessment; a minimum 2.75 grade point average overall and in the major, with no grade less than a C in the major, minor, and professional education core; and completion of a minimum of 134 credit hours. Additional hours may be required to meet the foreign language requirement. The professional education core satisfies the Upper Division General Education requirement.

Bachelor of Science - Chemistry Minor

The Chemistry Minor consists of 13 credits of chemistry course work of which nine credits must be selected from CHEM 213, 321, 331, 333, 351, 415, 441, 443, 449, 451 or 453; four credits must be selected from the following laboratory courses: CHEM 214, 322, 332W, 334W, 352, 442W or 452. CHEM 121N/122N and CHEM 123N/124N must be completed as prerequisites for the minor in chemistry; additional prerequisite courses may also be required. Prerequisite courses are not included in the calculation of the grade point average for the minor. For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses taken toward the minor and complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor requirement through courses offered by Old Dominion University.