3180 Chemistry

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
    • Concentration in Biochemistry
    • Concentration in Pre-Medicine
  • Certification by the American Chemical Society
  • Minor in Chemistry
  • Dual B.S./M.S. in Chemistry

Department of Chemistry
380 Petit Science Center
404-413-5500
chemistry.gsu.edu

George Peng Wang, Chair
Jeremiah Harden, Co-director of Undergraduate Studies
Joan Mutanyatta-Comar, Co-director of Undergraduate Studies

Chemistry deals with the nature of substances and the changes that occur therein. It ranges from the study of the structure of atoms and molecules to that of the reactions occurring in living organisms. The study of chemistry can provide knowledge that will give students a greater understanding and appreciation of the world in which they live. In addition, knowledge of chemistry is a great asset in areas such as biology, physics, and health-related fields. It is a logical basis for pre-medical training, pre-veterinary, pre-pharmacy, and other allied health professions.

Each student is urged to consult with an academic advisor at the earliest possible time (even before the first semester) to outline a curriculum to meet his or her needs. A typical program of study for chemistry majors is outlined below. Although not required, several minors are possible for chemistry majors without concentrations.

Academic Advisement for Undergraduate Students

Academic advisement for undergraduate students is provided through the University Advisement Center (freshman through junior status/fewer than 90 hours) and the college’s Office of Academic Assistance (senior status/90 or more hours). See section 3040 for additional information.

Program Financial Information

Lab fees are assessed automatically for students who register for certain Chemistry courses. For more information, please feel free to contact the department or review the GoSolar or catalog course listings to determine if a course includes a lab fee.

Chemistry Courses for Science Majors

Detailed descriptions of the objectives and prerequisites of each course are available online. The student is urged to consult these descriptions if there is any doubt about requirements or qualifications. Laboratory courses and lecture courses on principles are designed to be mutually reinforcing. The laboratory is the real basis for the science, but the lecture courses are designed to reinforce the learning process. The labs and lectures are separated only to provide added flexibility in scheduling and to meet individual needs, particularly for transfer students. Great care should be exercised in scheduling one course component without the other.

Chemistry Courses for Non-Science Majors

CHEM 1050, CHEM 1101K, CHEM 1102K, CHEM 1151K, and CHEM 1152K are of primary interest to students in liberal arts, health sciences, education, business administration, and policy studies. Students in specific programs should consult with an advisor in their program to verify applicability of the above-named courses to their specific needs. These courses cannot be applied to a science degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

B.S. in Chemistry

Program Degree Requirements

Students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400). Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see one of the undergraduate directors for specific guidelines. Chemistry majors need to take CHEM 1211K during their first term at GSU to be on schedule to graduate in 4 years.

Area A:

  • Required course: MATH 1113 Precalculus (3) or a higher-level mathematics course. MATH 1113 is recommended.

Area D:

  • Recommended courses: CHEM 1211K Principles of Chemistry I (4) and CHEM 1212K Principles of Chemistry II (4)
  • Required course (choose one of the following or a higher level mathematics course): MATH 2201 Calculus for the Life Sciences I (4) or MATH 2211 Calculus of One Variable I (4)

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

    1. Required Courses (unless used to satisfy Area D requirements) (18):
    2. Select additional elective courses from the following to complete 18 hours in Area F if needed. Contact the Undergraduate Director for the BS in Chemistry for advice.
  • Transfer students, students changing their major, and students pursuing an biochemistry concentration may substitute PHYS 1111K/PHYS 1112K  for PHYS 2211K /PHYS 2212K if approved by the Department of Chemistry.
  • All courses above ending in K are commonly offered as separate lecture and lab (L) courses by GSU’s Perimeter College. The combined (K) courses and separate lecture and lab (L) courses cover the same subject matter and are considered equivalent courses.
  • Credit hours exceeding 18 earned to complete the Areas A-F requirements will count toward elective hours.

Area G: Major Courses (30)

A grade of C or higher is required for all major and minor courses.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • CHEM 4000 Fundamentals of Chemical Analysis-CTW (3)
    • CHEM 4160 Chemistry Laboratory IVA-CTW (3)
  2. Major Requirements (19)
    • CHEM 2100 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2)
    • CHEM 3110 Intermediate Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)
    • CHEM 3400 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 4010 Instrumental Methods I: Chromatography (3)
    • CHEM 4110 Physical Chemistry I (3)
    • CHEM 4120 Physical Chemistry II (3)
    • CHEM 4190 Instrumental Methods III: Spectroscopy (3)
  3. Major Electives (5):
    • Select additional 3000- and/or 4000-level chemistry courses.
      • Recommended course: CHEM 4600 Biochemistry I (5) (required for ACS certification)

B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration)

Area G: Major Courses (30)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Major Requirements (18)
    • CHEM 2100 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2)
    • CHEM 3110 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)
    • CHEM 3400 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 4010 Instrumental Methods I: Chromatography (3)
    • Select one course:
    • CHEM 4600 Biochemistry I (5)
  3. Major Electives (6):
    • Select additional 3000- and/or 4000-level chemistry courses.
      •  Suggested: CHEM 4610 Biochemistry II (3)

Area H: Biochemistry Concentration (17)

Students majoring in chemistry must take additional courses as electives to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of 1000/2000 physical education or military science courses. The department recommends that majors take computer and/or world language courses.

B.S. in Chemistry (Pre-Medicine Concentration)

A pre-medicine concentration is available for chemistry majors. Please contact the Department of Chemistry for further information.

Area G: Major Courses (30)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Major Requirements (19)
    • CHEM 2100 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2)
    • CHEM 3110 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)
    • CHEM 3400 Intermediate Organic Chemistry (3)
    • CHEM 4010 Instrumental Methods I: Chromatography (3)
    • Select one course:
    • CHEM 4600 Biochemistry I (5)
  3. Major Electives (6):
    • Select additional 3000- and/or 4000-level chemistry courses.
      •  Suggested: CHEM 4610 Biochemistry II (3)

Area H: Pre-Medical Concentration (15)

Students majoring in chemistry must take additional courses as electives to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of 1000/2000 KH or military science courses.

American Chemical Society Certification

For American Chemical Society certification, students must take CHEM 4600 in Area G, and an additional ten hours of coursework as follows:

  1. Required Courses (10)
  2. Elective Courses (4)
    • CHEM 4170 Chemistry Laboratory IVB (4) strongly recommended
    • CHEM 4170 can be substituted by other approved courses (must be different than major elective courses)

Minor in Chemistry

Students who wish to minor in chemistry must take at least 15 hours in courses in chemistry, including at least nine hours at the 3000 level or above. Students taking more than 15 hours in courses in chemistry may count the additional hours toward their electives or may consider completing a double major. A grade of C or higher is required in all courses counting toward the minor.

Dual B.S. / M.S. Program in Chemistry

The department offers a dual Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Chemistry. The dual degree opportunity enables qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and count the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.

Students must be formally accepted into the dual degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Additionally, acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.

Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found at cas.gsu.edu/dual-degrees/.

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This department offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the department undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.