Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (623)

Department website: http://www.wku.edu/chemistry


Program Coordinator

Kevin M. Williams, kevin.williams@wku.edu, (270) 745-8899

The major in chemistry requires a minimum of 33 semester hours and leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. Requirements of the major include selecting one of four concentrations:  ACS-Approved, Foundations, General, or Teacher Certification. The ACS-Approved Concentration does not require a minor or second major and is typically for students desiring graduate education in chemistry.  The Foundations Concentration requires a minor or a second major and is appropriate for a wide range of career targets.  The General Concentration requires a second major and is typically chosen by those in pre-health concentrations.  The Teacher Certification Concentration is for students desiring Secondary Teacher Certification and requires a second major in Science and Mathematics Education (Reference Number 774). Prior to a selection of a program of study, a student should consult with a chemistry advisor to determine the most appropriate option.

Concentrations

  • ACS Approved (CHCR)
  • General Chemistry (CHGC)
  • Teacher Education (TCHR)
  • Pre-Jump Chemistry Advising (PJMP)
  • Foundations Chemistry Major (FCHM)

Program Requirements (33-53 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

ACS Approved Concentration (53 hours)

WKU is on the approved list of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. For the Chemistry Department to certify graduates in this concentration, the completion of a minimum of 53 hours of chemistry courses, 16-18 hours of math and science cognate courses, and the Colonnade general education courses for the Bachelor of Science is required. Required chemistry courses for the ACS Approved concentration are:

CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 320Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 398Undergraduate Seminar1
CHEM 399Research Problems in Chemistry2
CHEM 420
CHEM 421
Inorganic Chemistry II
and Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 435
CHEM 436
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
5
CHEM 446Biochemistry I3
CHEM 450
CHEM 451
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 452
CHEM 453
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry II Laboratory 2
5
Total Hours53

Required Support Courses for ACS Approved Concentration (16-18 hours)¹

MATH 136Calculus I4
MATH 137Calculus II4
Select one series from the following:8-10
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
and Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
or
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
and University Physics II
and University Physics II Laboratory
Total Hours16-18

Foundations Concentration (37 hours)

Required Courses:
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 320Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 398Undergraduate Seminar1
CHEM 446Biochemistry I3
CHEM 412Introduction to Physical Chemistry5
or CHEM 450
CHEM 451
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
A minor or second major is required for this concentration
Total Hours37

Required Support Courses for the Foundations Concentration (8-9 hours)

MATH 136Calculus I4
Select one of the following course sequences:
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
4-5
or PHYS 255
PHYS 256
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
Total Hours8-9

General Chemistry Concentration (33 hours)

The General Chemistry Concentration is recommended for pre-health professions students majoring in chemistry and other students who desire a double major.

CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 320Inorganic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 446 Biochemistry I
CHEM 412Introduction to Physical Chemistry5
or CHEM 450
CHEM 451
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
A second major is required for this concentration.
Total Hours33


Additional Support Courses for the General Chemistry Concentration (8-9 hours)

MATH 136Calculus I4
Select one of the following sequences:
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
4-5
or PHYS 255
PHYS 256
University Physics I
and University Physics I Lab
Total Hours8-9

Chemistry Major with Teacher Certification Concentration (33 hours)

Students interested in teaching chemistry must declare a second major in Science and Mathematics Education (SMED) available through the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Chemistry Major Requirements
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 222
CHEM 223
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Laboratory
5
CHEM 320Inorganic Chemistry I3
CHEM 330Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
5
CHEM 412Introduction to Physical Chemistry5
or CHEM 450
CHEM 451
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 446
CHEM 447
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Laboratory
5
Total Hours33

Required Support Courses for Teacher Education (16 hours)

MATH 136Calculus I4
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics I
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics I
4
PHYS 332
PHYS 233
Introduction to Physics and Biophysics II
and Laboratory for Physics and Biophysics II
4
GEOL 111
GEOL 113
The Earth
and The Earth Laboratory
4
Total Hours16

SMED Major Requirements (37 hours)

SMED 101Step 1: Introduction to Inquiry-Based Approaches to Teaching3
SMED 102Step 2: Introduction to Inquiry-Based Lesson Design3
SMED 310Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
SMED 320Classroom Interactions3
SMED 340Perspectives on Mathematics and Science3
SMED 360Research Methods for Math and Science Teachers3
SMED 470Project-Based Instruction3
SMED 489SMED Student Teaching Seminar3
SEC 490Student Teaching10
Total Hours34

Finish in Four Plans

ACS Approved Concentration 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
5CHEM 222
CHEM 223
5
MATH 1364MATH 1374
ENG 1003COMM 1453
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Sciences3ENG 2003
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 3305CHEM 340
CHEM 341
5
PHYS 255
PHYS 256
5PHYS 265
PHYS 266
5
CHEM 3203MATH 2374
ENG 3003 
 16 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
5CHEM 3991
CHEM 3981CHEM 4463
CHEM 3991CHEM 452
CHEM 453
5
CHEM 450
CHEM 451
5Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3
HIST 101 or HIST 1023Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 3991CHEM 3991
CHEM 435
CHEM 436
5CHEM 420
CHEM 421
4
Colonnade - Local to Global3Colonnade - Systems3
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective4
 15 15
Total Hours 120

General Concentration 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
5CHEM 222
CHEM 223
5
MATH 1364COMM 1453
ENG 1003Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
Elective or Course in 2nd Major3ENG 2003
 15 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 340
CHEM 341
5CHEM 342
CHEM 343
5
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
4PHYS 332
PHYS 233
4
ENG 3003HIST 101 or HIST 1023
Elective or Course in 2nd Major3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 446 or CHEM 3203CHEM 3305
Elective or Course in 2nd Major3Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Sciences3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ no lab3 
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 450
CHEM 451
5Colonnade - Systems3
Colonnade - Local to Global3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
Elective or Course in 2nd Major3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
Elective or Course in 2nd Major3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
Elective or Course in 2nd Major3Elective or Course in 2nd Major3
 17 15
Total Hours 120

Foundations Concentration

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
5CHEM 222
CHEM 223
5
MATH 1364MATH 1374
ENG 1003COMM 1453
Elective or Course in Minor3ENG 2003
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 3305CHEM 340
CHEM 341
5
PHYS 255
PHYS 256
5PHYS 265
PHYS 266
5
CHEM 3203HIST 101 or HIST 1023
ENG 3003Elective or Course in Minor3
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 342
CHEM 343
5CHEM 3993
CHEM 3981CHEM 4463
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3Colonnade - Social & Cultural3
Colonnade - Social & Behavioral Sciences3Elective or Course in Minor3
Colonnade - Natural & Physical Sciences w/ no lab3Elective or Course in Minor3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 450
CHEM 451
5Colonnade - Systems3
Colonnade - Local to Global3Elective or Course in Minor3
Elective or Course in Minor3Elective or Course in Minor3
Elective or Course in Minor3Elective or Course in Minor3
 Elective or Course in Minor3
 14 15
Total Hours 121

Teacher Certification Concentration 

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 120
CHEM 121
5CHEM 222
CHEM 223
5
MATH 1173MATH 1364
SMED 1013SMED 1023
ENG 1003COMM 1453
HIST 101 or HIST 1023ENG 2003
 17 18
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 3305CHEM 340
CHEM 341
5
PHYS 231
PHYS 232
4PHYS 332
PHYS 233
4
SMED 3103SMED 3403
SMED 3203ENG 3003
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 3203SMED 3603
GEOL 111
GEOL 113
4CHEM 450
CHEM 451
5
SPED 3303LTCY 4213
Colonnade - Arts & Humanities3Colonnade - Local to Global 3
Colonnade - Social & Cultural3 
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 446
CHEM 447
5SEC 49010
SMED 4703SMED 4893
Colonnade - Systems3 
General Elective 1 
 12 13
Total Hours 120