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Overview

Linfield College offers both a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree; the specific college requirements for each degree as defined in the section on degree requirements for all majors in the course catalog.
Students have the option of meeting the major requirements with courses that more closely reflect their particular interests and more optimally prepare them for certain advanced fields of study. Since the department's curriculum is approved by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS), a student may select the specific set of courses that leads to an ACS-certified major. A chemistry major may also elect to complete a series of education and certification courses and teach chemistry at the high school level following graduation.  


Program Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in four of the five traditional subdisciplines1 (Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical)
  2. Obtain, evaluate, and use information from the scientific literature
  3. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in genres appropriate to the discipline
  4. Ask questions, design experiments, and interpret results
  5. Demonstrate safety consciousness and safe work habits
  6. Work productively while exhibiting high ethical standards, both as an individual and as team member

1At the conclusion of a foundation course, a student should have mastered the vocabulary, concepts, and skills required to pursue in-depth study in that area.

2 Materials for the safe operation of the Laboratories may be found here.

Requirements for Major

At least 40 credits including:

CHEM-210 / 211  General Chemistry I/II(4 cr. ea)
CHEM-321* / 322  Organic Chemistry I/II (4 cr. ea)
CHEM-330  Writing in Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM-335*  Quantitative Analysis (4 cr.)
CHEM-340  Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4 cr.)
CHEM-361* / 362  Physical Chemistry  I/II(4 cr. ea)

(Total of 36 cr.)

And the remaining from:

CHEM-350* / 351  Inorganic Chemistry  I/II(4 cr. ea)
CHEM-370   Advanced Topics in Chemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM-381   Research in Molecular and Advanced Materials (3 cr.)
CHEM-382   Research in Basic and Applied Quantum Chemistry (3 cr.)
CHEM-383   Research in Basic and Applied Nanotechnology (3 cr.)
CHEM-440* Biochemistry (4 cr.)
CHEM-480   Independent Study (1 to 5 cr.)
CHEM-490   Research or Thesis (2 to 5 cr.)

Full descriptions of courses. Foundational courses (denoted with *)  provide the vocabulary, concepts, and skills required to pursue in-depth study in that area.

In addition to those courses in the chemistry department, the following courses in Physics and Mathematics are prerequisites or recommended for several upper division chemistry courses:

PHYS-210  Introduction to Mechanics
PHYS-211  Introduction to Electromagnetism
MATH-170  Calculus I
MATH-175  Calculus II
MATH-200  Vector Calculus (recommended)
MATH-210  Ordinary Differentrial Equations (recommended)

Requirements for Minor

20 credits, including 210, 211, 321, 322, and at least 4 additional credits in the department from courses numbered 335 or higher.

Requirements for ACS certification

Certification by American Chemical Society requires foundational course work in all five subdisciplines (321,, 335, 350, 361, and 440) and advanced course work in four of the five areas (required: 322, 340, and 362; electives: 351 or BIOL 441).  In addition, the student must complete a minimum of 400 laboratory hours through coursework or other research experiences.

Requirements for Oregon Initial Teaching Licensure in Chemistry

Complete the Linfield Teacher Education Program and the State of Oregon licensure requirements. In order to complete these requirements, a student must begin taking education courses no later then his/her sophomore year. The student must be advised by an Education Department faculty member each semester prior to registration.

Any Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the curriculum at Linfield, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 640-2287 or email admission@linfield.edu. An admissions counselor will be happy to answer your questions or put you in touch with a faculty member.

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