Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their 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 or CHE 251-CHE 252 Contemporary 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)

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 83
Additional Credits Required for Gen Ed 29
Additional Credits Required for Electives 8
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the basic sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical, physical and biological chemistry) and in the application of this knowledge
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques
  • Design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results
  • Understand the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures and regulations for chemical waste disposal
  • Use modern library searching and retrieval methods to obtain information about a topic, chemical, chemical technique, or an issue relating to chemistry
  • Solve problems, think critically, and analytically reason.
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research
  • Apply their chemistry training in inter-disciplinary problem solving with specialists in other areas of science and technology
  • Communicate the results of their work to other chemists
  • Find employment in industry or government, be accepted at graduate or professional schools (law, medicine, etc.), or find employment in education
  • Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

    View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Chemistry BS which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    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 MTH 141-MTH 142, 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 or CHE 251- CHE 252 Contemporary 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)

    Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
    Credits Required for Major 63
    Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 32
    Additional Credits Required for Electives 25
    Total Credits Required for Degree 120

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

    See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge to:
  • Demonstrate foundational knowledge in the traditional sub-divisions of the science (organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical chemistry) and in the application of this knowledge
  • Understand the ethical, historic, philosophical, and environmental dimensions of problems and issues facing chemists
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical laboratory techniques
  • Are able to design and conduct scientific experiments for the purpose of solving a scientific problem and to record and analyze the results
  • Know the proper procedures and regulations for safe handling and use of chemicals and can follow the proper procedures and regulations for chemical waste disposal
  • Become skilled in problem solving, critical thinking and analytical reasoning
  • Identify and solve chemical problems and explore new areas of research
  • Apply their chemistry training in inter-disciplinary problem solving with specialists in other areas of science and technology
  • Communicate the results of their work to other chemists
  • Find employment in industry or government, be accepted at graduate or professional schools (law, medicine, etc.), or find employment in the education field
  • Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

    View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Chemistry BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

    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

    CHE 101 or CHE 105 or CHE 107
    MTH 121 or MTH 141

    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 (excluding CHE 498 or 290). CHE 214-CHE 215 can be used as one of these courses.

    Minor Credit Requirements Chart
    Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 18

    Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

    Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

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