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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Chemistry (B.S.C.)

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Program: B.S.C.
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry  
College of Science

Science Building 496 ~ 260-481-6289

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.C.) program helps you prepare for graduate study in chemistry and chemistry-related careers in industry or government. Providing the best preparation for any career involving chemical research, this program fulfills recommendations of the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and graduates are certified as having fulfilled its requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

  • Mathematical and quantitative reasoning

The student will be able to analyze, synthesize, and comprehend experimental and computational data describing the physical universe.  This skill requires knowledge of mathematical and statistical techniques that can be used analytically and computationally.

  • 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 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 team environment on complex chemical systems.

  • Chemical literature

    The student will learn basic tools and concepts for efficient use of chemical literature, including multiple computerized databases.  The student will also be expected to analyze sources for relevance and authority and to learn how scientific writings are constructed according to style.

  • 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 simply limited to, the following points of emphasis:

  • Analytical Chemistry

– Analytical methods (classical and instrumental)
– Sensitivity and detection limits
– Statistical treatment of data

  • Biochemistry

– Structure, metabolic relationships, and regulation of biomolecules

  • General Chemistry

– Semi-quantitative microscopic model of the physical universe based on macroscopic observations
– Terminology
– Periodic relationships
– Elementary computational skills
– Introductory laboratory skills

  • Inorganic Chemistry

– Chemical bonding and structure
– Reactivity, reaction mechanisms, and properties
– Solid state and material science
– Organometallic chemistry
– Spectroscopic determination of structure

  • 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

  • Physical Chemistry

                   – Mathematical and physical principles that underlie modern Chemistry
                   – Detailed understanding of the modern microscopic model of the universe
                   – The principal topic areas are:
  1. Quantum Chemistry
  2. Thermodynamics
  3. Statistical mechanics
  4. Spectroscopy
  5. Kinetics

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on-campus

Declaring this Major:

  • Declare this major within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

General Requirements:

To earn a B.S.C with a major in Chemistry and be ACS certified, you must fulfill the following requirements in addition to the General Requirements noted above.

Program Requirements:

Chemistry BSC 4-Year Plan:  

  • A GPA of 2.00 or higher for all major department courses taken and in all CHM courses numbered 300xx and above. 


General Education Requirements: Credits 33

  • 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.

Supporting Courses:

English Writing and Speaking: Credits 6

  • ENGL 23301 (or a college-approved equivalent: ENGL 20201, HIST 21700, ILCS 30000, POL 20700, or WOST 23000).  This course is in addition to the General Education writing course (ENGL 13100 or equivalent).
  • COM 11400 (or the college-approved equivalent: HIST 12500).

Both courses require a grade of C- or better

Language: Credits 6

Two courses at the first-year level in a single International Language or in American Sign Language (or demonstrate equivalent proficiency).  

Note:  if you begin these courses at PFW at the second-semester level or higher, you and your advisor are eligible to apply for special course credits after successful completion of the course into which you placed.  Non-native English speaking students and those with other language transfer credits should contact the College’s Student Success Center.

Additional Course Requirement: Credits 3

Choose three credits from the list below, or other departmentally approved advanced courses in chemical engineering, computer science, geochemistry, surface chemistry, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, or other allied fields

  • CHM course numbered 300xx or above

General Electives

  • Sufficient additional credits to bring the total to 120.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for ensuring that you satisfy all graduation requirements specified for each selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  If you cannot complete all program requirements by your stated graduation date but fail to remove those from your plan of study, the Registrar’s Office in consultation with your academic advisor will remove unmet pursuits from your plan of study. Changing curricular records during the graduation term of application may affect state or federal financial aid awards. 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 33300 required, CHM 43300 and CHM 53300 accepted

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