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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemical Methods (A.S.)

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Program: A.S.
Department of Chemistry  
College of Arts and Sciences

Science Building 496 ~ 260-481-6289

The Associate of Science with a major in Chemical Methods program helps you prepare for a career as a chemical technician.  Many industries have found it desirable to employ persons with a basic knowledge of chemistry.  Such industries may be concerned with implementing or monitoring safe waste-disposal procedures, conducting standardized testing that uses routine chemical procedures, observing and measuring properties of materials following some type of compounding procedure, or recording data and making calculations that require some knowledge of chemistry.  The A.S. with the major in Chemical Methods is a technical degree designed to meet such needs and is not recommended for students who wish to pursue a bachelor’s program in Chemistry; however, it can serve as a second degree for another bachelor’s degree program.

The Student Learning Outcomes: 

  •  Mathematical and quantitative reasoning:
    Students will be able to analyze, synthesize, and comprehend experimental and computational data describing the physical universe.
  • Classical and instrumental laboratory techniques: both analytical and synthetic:
    Students will learn precise measuring techniques as well as careful and meticulous record keeping.  They will master the use of a variety of modern instruments and will become proficient in fundamental organic synthetic methods.
  • Individual and collaborative problem-solving:
    The student will develop independent problem-solving skills as well as the ability to work collaboratively in a term environment.
  • Summary of key concepts:
    In the teaching of Chemistry from the point-of-view of various sub-disciplines, the following concepts form the core course content.  It should be noted that courses offered by the Purdue University Fort Wayne Department of Chemistry will include, but are not limited to, the following points of emphasis:
  • Analytical Chemistry
    – Analytical methods (classical and instrumental)
    – Sensitivity and detection limits
    – Statistical treatment of data 
  •  General Chemistry
    – Semi-quantitative microscopic model of the physical universe based on macroscopic observations
    – Terminology
    – Periodic relationships
    – Elementary computational skills
    – Introductory laboratory skills

  •  Organic Chemistry
    – Chemical bonding and structure including valence bond and molecular orbital theories
    – Reactivity, reaction mechanisms, and properties of the important functional groups
    – Synthesis
    – Spectroscopic determination of structure
    – Material science and bio-organic chemistry 

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus.

Declaring this Major:

  • Declare this major within the Department of Chemistry.

General Requirements:

Program Requirements:

  • You must earn a grade of C- or higher for each of the chemistry core courses.

To earn the A.S. with a major in Chemical Methods, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above:

General Education Requirements: Credits 30

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements link above for details 

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

  • Click on the Purdue Fort Wayne College Requirements link above.  See Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree.
  • Writing and Communication:

Electives Credits

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 60

Total Credits: 60

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.



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