Department of Chemistry

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Chemistry

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Chairperson:
Gaffney, Jeffrey S.
ProfessorDonaghey University Professor:
Good, Mary L.

Professors:

Darsey, Jerry A.
Hudson, Keith
Shaikh, Ali Uddin
Viswanathan, Tito
Zhao, Wei

Associate Professors:
Belford, Robert E.
Berry, Brian
Ghosh, Anindya
Steinmeier, Robert C.,

Assistant Professor:
Jones, Darin E.

Instructors:
Douglas, Marian S.
Taylor, Kimberly

Research Assistant:
Gilbreth, M. Estelle

The department is organized with the following objectives in view:

  • to increase the general cultural background of all students;
  • to prepare chemistry majors for graduate study, industrial work, or positions with professional ratings in government service;
  • to provide the basic training for professional students in medicine, dentistry, engineering, pharmacy, and other professional fields; and
  • to prepare high school chemistry teachers.

The department’s bachelor of science degree is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). Students earning this degree will be certified to the ACS for full membership on graduation.

The department sponsors a student affiliate chapter of the ACS. Any student enrolled in a program of study leading to a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related discipline is eligible for membership. The chapter serves as a focal point for those interested in the field of chemistry and offers them opportunities for practical experience and professional contacts.

General Information

Admission Requirements

The department welcomes students to the bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) programs of study who express an interest, demonstrate an aptitude, and are dedicated to pursue excellence in their studies. Most applicants will have at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in their college work. They will have earned a grade of C or greater in College Algebra, its equivalent, or a more advanced mathematics course. They will have earned grades of B or greater in CHEM 1400 & 1401 or equivalents, or a grade of C or greater in CHEM 1402 or equivalent. Aptitude and dedication can also be demonstrated by presenting exceptional science and mathematics preparation in high school.

Honors Program in Chemistry

The department also offers an honors program in chemistry. To graduate with honors a student must

  1. maintain an overall grade point average of 3.20 or greater,
  2. maintain a grade point average of 3.20 or greater in chemistry courses,
  3. complete at least four credit hours of a faculty-directed laboratory research project and present the findings in a scientific meeting or departmental seminar, and
  4. meet ACS certification requirements.

Major in Chemistry

The B.S. in chemistry requires at least 34 hours in chemistry above the freshman level including: CHEM 2310, 2311, 3150, 3170, 3171, 3250, 3340, 3350, 3351, 3370, 3371, 4190, 4340, and 4411. Required courses outside of the chemistry department are PHYS 2321, 2121, 2322, 2122, and MATH 1451, 1452, 2453. Additional requirements for ACS certification are: six credit hours of advanced chemistry courses to include CHEM 4420 Biochemistry, two hours of undergraduate research, and a three-hour upper-level mathematics course. A second language or a computer language is encouraged but not required. A minor is not required for this curriculum.

The B.A. in chemistry is offered for premedical and predental students, secondary teachers, and others. Requirements for this degree include the Core Requirements, Second Language Proficiency, 26 hours above the freshman level including CHEM 2310, 2311, 3150, 3151, 3340, 3350, 3351, 3572, 4190, and three hours of upper-level chemistry electives. Required courses in Physics are PHYS 1321, 1121, 1322, 1122. MATH 1451 is the only required mathematics courses, but one or two semesters of calculus are strongly recommended. A minor in biology is recommended for this program.

Secondary Teacher Licensure in Science Education

This concentration is designed to prepare students for certification in secondary education. Chemistry is the major emphasis and this program meets the requirements for a BA in chemistry. Earth sciences is the secondary emphasis as prescribed by Arkansas law. A minor in secondary education is required. For additional information review see “Secondary Teacher Licensure.” For freshmen and sophomores who are interested or think they may be interested in teaching, please see the UALRTeach web site or email ualrteach@ualr.edu to obtain information on the introductory one-hour courses, steps 1 and 2.

Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry requires a minimum of 22 hours, to include CHEM 1402, CHEM 1403, CHEM 2310, CHEM 2311 or CHEM 4420, CHEM 3350, CHEM 3150, CHEM 3351, and CHEM 3151 or equivalent courses.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must meet all degree requirements. In addition, transfer students must successfully complete at UALR a minimum of six hours of upper-level chemistry courses for a major in chemistry or three hours of upper-level chemistry courses for a minor in chemistry.

Options in Freshman Chemistry

Students planning to enroll in CHEM 1402 must meet the minimum score on a placement exam. The placement exam may be offered on-line so students can take it prior to attempting to enroll in CHEM 1402. The department’s website has information on how to take the exam.

Students who have had two units of high school algebra and high school chemistry and meet the minimum score on the chemistry placement test should start with CHEM 1402 and 1403.

Students who have had no high school chemistry and have a weak high school mathematics background but are interested in a pre-professional or science degree should take CHEM 1300, 1402, and 1403.

Students whose major field requires only eight hours of freshman chemistry should take CHEM 1400 and 1401. This sequence will prepare a student to take CHEM 2450 Organic Survey, but not other upper-level chemistry courses.

Graduate Programs

The department also offers the master of arts and the master of science degrees in chemistry and cooperates with the Department of Applied Science in offering the applied science PhD in applied chemistry. Consult the UALR Graduate Catalog for a description of these programs, as well as policies governing UALR graduate programs.

Academically talented undergraduate chemistry students may schedule courses on an accelerated basis and enroll in selected graduate courses in their senior year. Students may receive a master’s degree one year after completing the BS degree. This program is an option only for students who have excellent academic records for the first three years of undergraduate study and have completed the suggested 108 hours of undergraduate work through the junior year. Permission for early enrollment in graduate courses in the senior year must be obtained from the dean of the Graduate School on recommendation of the department chairperson. Students registered for graduate credit in dual-listed (4000/5000) courses are responsible for additional assigned work. Details of the bachelor’s/master’s program, including a suggested five-year sequence, are available from the chemistry department office.

The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry is an American Chemical Society Certified Degree

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

General: 120 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Completion of CHEM 1402/1403 in the chemistry major, 4-hours of lab science core requirement also met.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (71 hours)

Chemistry Foundation Courses (48 hours)

CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 3350 Organic Chemistry I -Lecture
CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Lab- I
CHEM 3351 Organic Chemistry II-Lecture
CHEM 3250 Qualitative Organic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 3370 Physical Chemistry I-Lecture
CHEM 3371 Physical Chemistry II- Lecture
CHEM 3170 Physical Chemistry I- Lab
CHEM 3171 Physical Chemistry II-Lab
CHEM 3340 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4340 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4411 Instrumental Analysis
CHEM 4190 Chemistry Seminar
CHEM 4420 Biochemistry I
CHEM 4289 Undergraduate Research

Supporting Courses (23 hours)

PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I -Lecture
PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I – Lab
PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II- Lecture
PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II – Lab
MATH 1451 Calculus I
MATH 1452 Calculus II
MATH 2453 Calculus III
MATH Elective – 3 hours upper-level courses (3000 level or higher)

Minor (None required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

General: 120 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Completion of CHEM 1402/1403 in the chemistry major, 4-hours of lab science core requirement also met.)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page 26 for details.

Major (46 hours)

Chemistry Foundation Courses (34 hours)

CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 3350 Organic Chemistry I -Lecture
CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Lab- I
CHEM 3351 Organic Chemistry II-Lecture
CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Lab -II
CHEM 3572 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CHEM 3340 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4190 Chemistry Seminar

CHEM Elective – 3 hours upper-level courses (3000 level or higher)

Supporting Courses (12 hours)

PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I -Lecture
PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I – Lab
PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II- Lecture
PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II – Lab
MATH 1451 Calculus I

 

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

None required if 30 hours in residency met. The above requirements meet total hours requirement and include 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level).


Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry Secondary Education Track

General: 120 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Completion of CHEM 1402/1403 in the chemistry major, 4-hours of lab science core requirement also met.)

Second Language Proficiency (0-9 hours)

Completion of 2000-level second language course or demonstrate equivalent proficiency. See page 26 for details.

Major (47 hours)

Chemistry Foundation Courses (35 hours)

CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
CHEM 2310 Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM 2311 Analytical Chemistry II
CHEM 3350 Organic Chemistry I -Lecture
CHEM 3150 Organic Chemistry Lab- I
CHEM 3351 Organic Chemistry II-Lecture
CHEM 3151 Organic Chemistry Lab -II
CHEM 3572 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CHEM 3340 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4190 Chemistry Seminar
IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods

 

Supporting Courses (12 hours)

PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I -Lecture
PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II- Lecture
PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I – Lab
PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II – Lab
MATH 1451 Calculus I

Minor – Secondary Education Courses (18 hours)

SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment*
SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum*
SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents*
SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum*
SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs*
SCED 4124 Classroom Management*
TCED 4600 Student Teaching*
SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching*

* Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED or TCED courses. GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to graduating.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.