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Chemistry Major

Shawnee State has two outstanding degrees in chemistry that prepares its graduates for careers in science. Our graduates have found jobs working for chemical companies, as well as continuing their education in graduate, medical, or pharmacy school.

Shawnee State designed its BS chemistry program using guidelines set forth by the American Chemical Society. It is a rigorous, comprehensive program that contains course work in all areas of modern chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry.

Our BS Natural Sciences with a concentration in chemistry degree provides students with both a depth in chemistry and a breadth in the Natural Sciences. As part of the program, students take 27–28 hours of chemistry coursework and 24 hours of courses in biology, geology, physics, and mathematics.

Shawnee State has facilities with state of the art instrumentation, including a Bruker Fourier 300 nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, an HP gas-chromatograph– mass-spectrometer, and a suite of computers running computational chemistry software.

Shawnee State faculty members offer research opportunities for every student enrolled in our program, and work one-on-one with them in a dedicated research lab space.

  • Four faculty members with Ph.D.s in chemistry.
  • Hands-on access to all instrumentation in the department, including NMR, FTIR, GC, GC-MS, UV-VIS, AA, and a bomb calorimeter.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities every semester.
  • Upper-division classes are small, with class sizes typically around 10 students.
  • A teaching licensure option is available with our BS Natural Sciences degree • Graduates have been admitted to graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools at: The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati.
  • Chemistry students have been accepted into prestigious summer research programs at the University of California, Irvine; The University of North Dakota, and The University of Cincinnati.
  • We have an active chemistry club that invites speakers to campus, gets involved in our community, and organizes social activities.

Degree Requirements for the BS Chemistry

2014–2015 Catalog

General Education Program (24 hours)

The Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GEP are satisfied by the physics requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Chemistry Curriculum (41 hours)

CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3323 Analytical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3325 Analytical Chemistry 2 4
CHEM4411 Biochemistry 3
CHEM4431 Physical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4432 Physical Chemistry 2 4
CHEM4441 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM4447 Advanced Synthesis 2
Course Title Hours

Math and Support Science (26 hours)

MATH2110 Calculus 1 4
MATH2120 Calculus 2
MATH2130 Calculus 3
MATH2500 Statistics 3
PHYS2211 Calculus-Based Physics 1 4
PHYS2212 Calculus-Based Physics 2 4
COMM1103 Public Speaking / Human Communication 4
Course Title Hours

General Electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional Minimum Requirements

  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above

Special Minimum Requirements for Transfer Students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000 – 4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in the Natural Sciences completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level

Degree Requirements for the BS Natural Sciences with a Concentration in Chemistry

2014–2015 Catalog

General Education Program (27 hours)

The Natural Science components of the GEP are satisfied by the chemistry requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Chemistry Concentration (27 – 28 hours)

CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3323 Analytical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3325 Analytical Chemistry 2 4
Course Title Hours

Chemistry Elective

Select one course from the following list:

CHEM4411 Biochemistry 3
CHEM4431 Physical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4441 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
Course Title Hours

Additional Science/Math, Area II (12 hours)

Select one area of science/math other than chemistry. You may choose from biology, geology, physics, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.

BIOL / GEOL / PHYS / MATH    
BIOL / GEOL / PHYS / MATH    
BIOL / GEOL / PHYS / MATH    
Course Title Hours

Additional Science/Math, Area III (8 hours)

Select one area of science/math other than chemistry. You may choose from biology, geology, physics, or math. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.

BIOL / GEOL / PHYS / MATH    
BIOL / GEOL / PHYS / MATH    
Course Title Hours

Additional Science/Math (4 hours)

Select any course in biology, chemistry, geology, physics, or math not used above. Math courses must be numbered 1200 or above.

BIOL / GEOL / PHYS / MATH    
Course Title Hours

Other Requirements

COMM1103 Public Speaking and Human Communication 3
Course Title Hours

General Electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional Minimum Requirements

  • Must show proficiency in MATH1250 (trigonometry) either through placement at a higher level, or completion of this or a higher level MATH course
  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above

Special Minimum Requirements for Transfer Students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000 – 4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in the Natural Sciences completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level, of which 8 must be in physics

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Andy Napper, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815

smesser@shawnee.edu or
science@shawnee.edu

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