Chemistry : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA, BS, Minor
Graduate: MA, PhD

Advisement

Students may be referred to Dr. Jerome Keister, the director of undergraduate studies, for advisement regarding the prerequisite courses and any other aspect of the program and discipline. Students are advised to meet with him at least once every semester to discuss career goals and curriculum. Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each semester. Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible in their academic career.

Transfer Policy

It is recommended that students complete general chemistry (two semesters, plus lab) and calculus I-II (two semesters) in the freshman year; organic chemistry (two semesters, plus lab), analytical chemistry (at least one semester of lecture and one semester of lab), calculus III (one semester), and calculus-based physics (two semesters, one semester lab) in the sophomore year to facilitate transfer into the department. If there is a choice, courses specifically designated for science and/or engineering students should be selected. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 14 credit hours of University at Buffalo Chemistry department courses to receive the B.S. degree, and a minimum of 8 credit hours of UB Chemistry department courses to receive the B.A. degree.

Chemistry - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Pre- or corequisites for admission are CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108, and MTH 141-MTH 142, or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Advising Notes

Students should apply for admission to the department as soon as possible.

Prerequisite Courses

MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105-CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications (recommended) or CHE 107-CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers

Required Courses

CHE 201-CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 301 Intermediate Organic Lab or CHE 330 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHE 312 Chemistry of Biological Systems
CHE 319 Physical Chemistry Lecture I
CHE 320 Physical Chemistry Lecture II
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 322 Inorganic Chemistry II
CHE 329 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHE 376 Introduction to Chemical Literature
CHE 413 Instrumental Analysis
CHE 414 Instrumental Analysis Lab
MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 142 College Calculus II
MTH 241 College Calculus III
PHY 107 General Physics I
PHY 108 General Physics II
PHY 158 General Physics II Lab
One advanced math course (MTH 306 or MTH 309 recommended)
One science or math elective
One 400-level chemistry lecture course (excluding CHE 498)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 80-83

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MTH 141, PHY 107,CHE 105
Spring MTH 142, PHY 108, PHY 158,CHE 106

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 214, MTH 241
Spring CHE 215, CHE 201-CHE 202, and one advanced math course (MTH 306 or MTH 309 recommended)

THIRD YEAR
Fall CHE 301*, CHE 319, CHE 321, CHE 329
Spring CHE 312, CHE 320, CHE 322, CHE 330*, CHE 376

FOURTH YEAR
Fall CHE 413, one science or math elective
Spring CHE 414; CHE 498 Senior Research (recommended, but not required)
Fall or Spring One 400-level chemistry lecture course

*Students may take one or the other of the labs. Both are recommended.

Chemistry - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Pre- or corequisites for admission are CHE 101-CHE 102 or CHE 105-CHE 106 or CHE 107-CHE 108, and MTH 121-MTH 122, or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Advising Notes

Students should apply for admission to the department as early as possible.
Students who follow the B.A. program cannot switch from the B.A. to the B.S. program until PHY 107-PHY 108-PHY 158 and MTH 141- MTH 142-MTH 241 are completed, or with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Prerequisite Courses

CHE 101-CHE 102 General Chemistry or CHE 105-CHE 106 Chemistry: Principles and Applications (recommended) or CHE 107-CHE 108 General Chemistry for Engineers
MTH 121 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications I or MTH 141 College Calculus I
MTH 122 Survey of Calculus and Its Applications II or MTH 142 College Calculus II

Required Courses

CHE 201-CHE 202 Organic Chemistry
CHE 214 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
CHE 215 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHE 321 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences*
PHY 101-PHY 102 and PHY 151-PHY 152 College Physics I-II w/lab or PHY 107 and PHY 108/PHY 158 General Physics I-II w/lab
One laboratory course chosen from CHE 301, CHE 322, CHE 329, CHE 330, CHE 350
Three science or math electives at or above the 200 level (See advisor for choices)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 55-65

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall MTH 121 or MTH 141; PHY 101/PHY 151 or PHY 107; CHE 105
Spring MTH 122 or MTH 142; PHY 102/PHY 152 or PHY 108/PHY 158; CHE 106

SECOND YEAR
Fall CHE 214; CHE 201; one science or math elective
Spring CHE 215; CHE 202

THIRD YEAR
Fall CHE 321, CHE 349*
Fall and/or Spring Two science or math electives
Fall or Spring One laboratory course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall and Spring Electives
Fall and/or Spring CHE 498 Senior Research (recommended but not required)

*Students may substitute the two lecture courses CHE 319-CHE 320 Physical Chemistry for CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences. If students elect to enroll in CHE 319-CHE 320, they must complete both semesters.

Chemistry - Minor

Acceptance Criteria

Completion of CHE 101 or CHE 105 or CHE 107; MTH 121 or MTH 141; or permission of the director of undergraduate studies.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses

Required Courses

CHE 102 or CHE 106 or CHE 108; CHE 201-CHE 202; MTH 122 or MTH 142
10 additional credit hours in 300/400-level chemistry courses. CHE 214-CHE 215 can be used as one of these courses.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:36 EST