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2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate 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:

Chemical Methods A.S. 2-Year Plan:  


  • A grade of C- or higher in 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.
  • Some majors may require particular General Education courses as specified in their program description.  Up to six credits of approved General Education courses satisfying requirements in Areas A and B, and three credits satisfying requirements in Area C, may originate in the major.  A grade of C- or higher in each course, and an overall GPA of 2.0 is required to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.

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.

Additional Course Use

Courses listed below may also be considered in meeting specific degree requirements.

CHM 25400 required, CHM 26500 accepted

CHM 25500 required, CHM 26100 accepted

CHM 25600 required, CHM 26200 accepted

CHM 25800 required, CHM 26600 accepted

CHM 32100 required, CHM 22400 accepted

CHM 33300 required, CHM 43300 and CHM 53300 accepted

MA 22700 or 22900 required, MA 16500 accepted

PHYS 21800 or PHYS 22000 required, PHYS 15200 accepted

PHYS 21900 or PHYS 22100 required, PHYS 25100 accepted

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