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Students planning to major in chemistry should, on entering the University, seek the advice of the department chair or academic advisor in the choice of courses that will meet the specific requirements of the programs they plan to pursue. An early determination of the necessary courses will eliminate duplication and loss of time.

The student who elects to major in chemistry must meet the University core requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Chemistry majors planning to teach should consult with the department chair or academic advisor regarding the requirements prescribed by the Mississippi Department of Education to earn the basic educator's license.

Requirement Class Name Hours
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 317 Chemical Dynamics 4
CHE 431 Chemistry Seminar 1
Choose either    
PHY 151 General Physics I 4
PHY 152 General Physics II 4
or    
PHY 251* Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHY 252* Fundamentals of Physics II 4
     
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 3
MAT 122 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 3
     
CSC 114 Introduction to Computer Science 3
or    
CSC 115 Foundations of Computer Science 3
     
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
or    
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
or    
  Participation in a minimum of three hours of research with an oral presentation at a professional meeting.  
Total Hours   47

*Preferred

A curriculum for the student who plans graduate work in biochemistry or molecular biology, or a career in medicine. This program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. A printer-friendly list of ACS Biochemistry courses is available. 

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   39
ACS Core   59
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 211 Investigations in Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 317 Chemical Dynamics 4
CHE 318 Chemical Energetics 4
CHE 410 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 431 Chemistry Seminar 1
PHY 151 & 152 General Physics I & II 8
or    
PHY 251 & 252 Fundamentals of Physics I & II Preferred 8
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
or     
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
COM 203  Professional Communication Skills 
or     
COM 304  Public Speaking 
or    
  Participation in a minimum of three hours with an oral presentation at a professional meeting    
Chemistry Courses    7 
CHE 418 Biochemistry: Macromolecules 3
CHE 419 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
CHE 420 Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory 3
or    
CHE 421 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory 3
Biology Courses   11-12
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
BIO 305 Cell Biology 3
or    
BIO 306 Genetics 3
or    
BIO 414 General Microbiology 4
  Three semester hours of research in Biochemistry highly recommended  
General Electives    
Total Hours   130

An intensive preparation for the student who desires to pursue graduate work in chemistry, enter the field of industrial chemistry, or study chemical engineering.  This program is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society. A printer-friendly version for ACS Chemistry courses is available. 

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   39
ACS Core   59
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 211 Investigations in Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 317 Chemical Dynamics 4
CHE 318 Chemical Energetics 4
CHE 410 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 431 Chemistry Seminar 1
PHY 151 & 152 General Physics I & II 8
or    
PHY 251 & 252* Fundamentals of Physics I & II 8
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
or     
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
COM 203  Professional Communication Skills 
or     
COM 304  Public Speaking 
or    
  Participation in a minimum of three hours with an oral presentation at a professional meeting    
Chemistry Courses    6-7 
CHE 418 Biochemistry: Macromolecules 3
or    
CHE 419 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
Choose three or four hours from the following courses    
CHE 402 Advanced Organic Chemistry 4
CHE 417 Theoretical Chemistry 3
CHE 451 Independent Studies & Research 3
or    
  Completion of the Honors sequence - CHE 361, CHE 462, CHE 463  
Math Courses   6
Choose two of the following courses    
MAT 213 Applied Linear Algebra 3
MAT 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 3
MAT 222 Calculus with Analytic Geometry IV  3
MAT 352 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MAT 353 Introduction to Mathematical Probability & Statistics 
General Electives    
Total Hours   130

*Preferred

The Chemistry Medical Sciences track is geared toward students planning to enter a professional school of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or other health-related field.

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Chemistry Core   47
Medical Sciences Track    12 
BIO 111  Biology I 
BIO 112  Biology II 
A minimum of 4-semester hours-chosen from     
CHE 418  Biochemistry: Macromolecules 
CHE 419  Biochemistry: Metabolism 
CHE 420  Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory 
CHE 421  Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory 
General Electives     
Total Hours    130 

This track is geared primarily toward students who plan to seek employment in the field of chemistry immediately upon graduation.

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   36
Chemistry Core   47
Career Track    10-12 
Advanced Chemistry Elective   4
Choose one set from the following    
BIO 111 Biology I 4
BIO 112 Biology II 4
or    
MAT 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III 3
MAT 222 Calculus with Analytic Geometry IV 3
or    
Two courses of advanced Physics    
General Electives     
Total Hours    130 

A curriculum for the student who plans graduate work in Physical Chemistry or Chemical Physics. A printer-friendly list of Chemical Physics courses is available. 

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   39
ACS Core   59
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 211 Investigations in Inorganic Chemistry 1
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 317 Chemical Dynamics 4
CHE 318 Chemical Energetics 4
CHE 410 Instrumental Analysis 4
CHE 411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHE 431 Chemistry Seminar 1
PHY 151 & 152 General Physics I & II 8
or    
PHY 251 & 252* Fundamentals of Physics I & II 8
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
or     
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
COM 203  Professional Communication Skills 
or     
COM 304  Public Speaking 
or    
  Participation in a minimum of three hours with an oral presentation at a professional meeting    
Chemical Physics Track   18 
CHE 417 Theoretical Chemistry 3
CHE 418 Biochemistry: Macromolecules 3
or    
CHE 419 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
MAT 213 Applied Linear Algebra 3
MAT 221 Calculus with Analytic Geometry III  3
MAT 222 Calculus with Analytic Geometry IV 3
PHY 301 Modern Physics 3
Choose one of the following    
PHY 401 Quantum Mechanics 3
MAT 352 Introduction to Differential Equations 3
MAT 381 Introduction to Numerical Methods 3
  Three hours of research in Chemical Physics  
General Electives    
Total Hours   130

*Preferred

Completion of the following curriculum makes a student eligible for a standard educator license to teach chemistry at the secondary level.  The student is urged also to become licensed in an additional area. A printer-friendly list of Chemistry Education courses is available. 

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core    
Chemistry Core   47
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
CHE 317 Chemical Dynamics 4
CHE 431 Chemistry Seminar 1
Choose 151 & 152 or 251 & 252    
PHY 151 General Physics I 4
PHY 152 General Physics II 4
PHY 251 Fundamentals of Physics I 4
PHY 252 Fundamentals of Physics II 4
     
MAT 121 Calculus with Analytic Geometry 
MAT 122  Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 
     
Choose one:    
CSC 114  Introduction to Computer Science 
CSC 115  Foundations of Computer Science 
Choose one:     
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 
COM 304  Public Speaking  3
  Must participate in a minimum of 3 hours of research with an oral presentation at a professional meeting  
Choose a minimum of 4 hours of Biochemistry    
CHE 418  Biochemistry: Macromolecules 
CHE 419  Biochemistry: Metabolism 
CHE 420  Bioanalyticsl Chemistry Laboratory  1
CHE 421  Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory 

Additional Requirements 

   
CHE 435  Methods of Teaching Secondary School Science 
BIO 111 Biology I 
BIO 112  Biology II 
NCATE Requirements     
BIO 145  Introduction to Earth Science 
     
MAT 207  Elementary Statistics 
or    
MAT 353  Introduction to Mathematical Probability & Statistics 
Professional Education, 7-12    28 
   Students may not take Edu 403, 460, 431, 432, 433, 434, 471, 472, 473, or 474 prior to admittance into the TEP.  
EDU 299  Pre-Teaching Field Experience 
EDU 300  Introduction to Education 
EDU 304  Educational Psychology 
EDU 403  Measurement & Evaluation of Student Progress 
PSY 435  Psychology of Exceptional Children 
EDU 460 Managing the Secondary Classroom 3
EDU 431 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 432 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 433 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
EDU 434 Directed Teaching in 7-12 3
Total Hours   130

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Chemistry 

Requirement Class Name Hours
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 310 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 4
  Eight hours of upper-level Chemistry courses 8
Total Hours   20

Biochemistry 

Requirement Class Name Hours
CHE 141 General Chemistry I 4
CHE 142 General Chemistry II 4
CHE 303 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHE 304 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE 313 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 2
CHE 314 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 2
Choose a minimum of five hours of Biochemistry from the following courses    
CHE 418 Biochemistry: Macromolecules 3
CHE 419 Biochemistry: Metabolism 3
CHE 420 Bioanalytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHE 421 Biophysical Chemistry Laboratory 1
Total Hours   28