Linfield College offers both a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degrees in Chemistry; 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. In addition to the Chemistry major, the Department actively participates in the interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major.
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 in Chemistry or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 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.
- Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry in four of the five traditional subdisciplines:1 Analytical, Biochemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and Physical
- Obtain, evaluate, and use information from the scientific literature
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in genres appropriate to the discipline
- Ask questions, design experiments, and interpret results
- Demonstrate safety consciousness and safe work habits2
- Work productively while exhibiting high ethical standards, both as an individual and as team member
1Subdisciplines as defined by the American Chemical Society.
Requirements for Chemistry Major
Possible Course Sequences
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 (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-383 Research in Basic and Applied Nanotechnology (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-384 Research in Research In Biochemical Transcription Regulation & Analysis (1-3 cr.)
CHEM-385 Research In Small Molecule Synthesis (1-3 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 subdiscipline.
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 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
The interdisciplinary Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major coordinates pertinent courses from Chemistry and the Department of Biology. Details of the program may be found on the BCMB program webpage.
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.
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