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Overview

The Department of Chemistry is an active part of the College of Arts and Sciences. It offers major programs designed to furnish a thorough foundation in the various areas of chemistry leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.). The Department is included on the list of departments approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Bachelor of Science program is designed to meet the standards set by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society, and students who complete the B.S. program in chemistry will be certified to the ACS upon graduation.

The B.A. program in chemistry provides a solid background in chemistry for those intending careers in related areas. It is particularly recommended to pre-professional and business-oriented students. The B.S. program in chemistry involves a heavier concentration in science and, usually, an introduction to independent research. The completion of this program serves as an excellent foundation for graduate study, or as preparation for an immediate career in chemistry. A Bachelor of Science Joint Major in Chemistry-Biology is offered as an ideal program for students interested in medical, dental, or veterinary careers, or in graduate studies in biologically or biochemically-oriented interdisciplinary programs. In addition, "contract majors" may be designed in cooperation with a faculty advisory committee to include courses from any combination of fields which fit the goal of the individual student and the requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

A notable feature of all these programs is that students with an aptitude and desire to do laboratory research have the opportunity to work with a faculty member during their undergraduate training using a wide array of instrumentation. Students at all academic levels have been actively engaged in research programs in the Department of Chemisty, and have presented their work at local and national professional meetings.

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Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry

The B.S. program is for students who intend to pursue careers in chemistry. With its heavier concentration in science and mathematics, it prepares a student for positions in chemical industry or for graduate study in specialized areas of chemistry. Required courses are as follows:

Forty-nine credit hours of chemistry courses, completed with an average grade of C or better, including:
CH 110-111 College Chemistry
CH 226 Quantitative Analysis
CH 230-231 Organic Chemistry
CH 347-348 Physical Chemistry
CH 349 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CH 426 Instrumental Analysis
CH 444 Biochemistry
CH 450 Inorganic Structure and Bonding
CH 456 Advanced Synthesis
and six credits of advanced chemistry electives.

Eleven or twelve credit hours of physics as follows:
PHY 112 and 114 College Physics I and III
 
PHY 113 College Physics II
or
one upper level physics elective (excluding PHY 340).

Eleven or Twelve credit hours of mathematics as follows:
M 144-145 Calculus I and II
 
M 240 Calculus III
or
M 242 Differential Equations

Three credit hours of computer science:
CS 111 Programming Foundations

Language as follows:
At least one year of study in a language other than English is strongly recommended.
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Requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry-Biology Joint Major

This program provides heavy involvement in both the named disciplines and is designed mainly for students planning careers in biochemistry, one of the health professions (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine etc.), or who plan to do graduate work in biochemistry or biology. Students are advised to consider concentrating in one or both fields by completing, in addition to the core program, the requirement for a baccalaureate degree in at least one of the disciplines, as described under B. Program Options.

A. Requirements for the Major

Thirty-four credit hours of chemistry courses, completed with an average grade of C or better, including:
CH 110-111 College Chemistry
CH 226 Quantitative Analysis
CH 230-231 Organic Chemistry
CH 347-348 Physical Chemistry
CH 349 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
CH 426 Instrumental Analysis

Twenty-seven credit hours of biology courses, completed with an average grade of C or better, including:
BIO 122-123 Biological Science
BIO 252 Cell Biology
BIO 372-373 Genetics, Lecture and Laboratory
BIO 444-445 Biochemistry, Lecture and Laboratory
 
and one course from
BIO 336 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIO 420 Comparative Anatomy
BIO 440W Medical Microbiology
BIO 442 Microbiology
BIO 471 Recombinantg DNA Biology


Eight credit hours of physics as follows:
PHY 112 and 114 College Physics I and III
or
PHY 120 and 121 Introductory College Physics I and II


Eight credit hours of mathematics as follows:
M 144-145 Calculus I and II

Three credit hours of computer science:
CS 111 Programming Foundations
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B. Program Options

Upon completing the above required core program, the student has the following options:

1. Finish the program with sufficient credits of general-education requirements and free electives to attain a minimum of 120 credits. This fulfills the requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry-Biology.

2. Elect one advanced chemistry course plus sufficient general-education and free elective credits to make a minimum of 120 credits. This satisfies the course requirements for the B.A. Chemistry in addition to the B.S. Chemistry-Biology.

3. Elect BIO 442 (Microbiology) or BIO 260W (Ecology) plus one advanced biology course, plus sufficient general-education and free elective credits to make a minimum of 120 credits. This satisfies the course requirements for the B.S. Biology in addition to the B.S. Chemistry-Biology.

4. Elect BIO 442 (Microbiology) or BIO 260W (Ecology), plus one advanced biology course, one advanced chemistry course, and the general-elective requirements. This satisfies the course requirements for the B.S. Biology and B.A. Chemistry, in addition to the B.S Chemistry-Biology.

Note that only one degree (with multiple majors) is awarded upon completion of 120 credits.


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Requirements for the B.A. in Chemistry

The B.A. program is primarily for students who have a special interest in chemistry but who intend to pursue careers in such related fields as medicine, dentistry, education, business, or law. Required courses are as follows:

Thirty-six credit hours of chemistry courses, completed with an average grade of C or better, including:
CH 110-111 College Chemistry
CH 226 Quantitative Analysis
CH 230-231 Organic Chemistry
CH 347-348 Physical Chemistry
CH 349 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
and two advanced chemistry electives.

Eight credit hours of physics as follows:
PHY 112 and 114 College Physics I and III
or
PHY 120 and 121 Introductory College Physics I and II

Eleven or Twelve credit hours of mathematics as follows:
M 144-145 Calculus I and II
 
M 240 Calculus III
or
M 242 Differential Equations

Three credit hours of computer science:
CS 111 Programming Foundations
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Advanced Placement

Secondary school students who have studied chemistry in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board will be considered for advanced placement in the chemistry curriculum. A score of 5, 4, or 3 on the Advanced Placement Test will automatically qualify the student for advanced placement and credit. Choosing a starting point in the curriculum is determined in conjunction with the student's academic advisor in the normal course of the orientation process, normally in the beginning of the summer before the first semester of study.

Students who score 2 or less, or who have not taken the Advanced Placement Test, may petition the Department of Chemistry for advanced placement. Each of these requests will be considered individually by the chemistry faculty. Further testing may be required. A rapid and binding decision will be made as to whether advanced placement, credit, both, or neither will be allowed for each petition received.

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Cooperative Education Program in Chemistry

The cooperative education program with industry (the "Co-op Program," for short) is an option available to chemistry majors seeking the bachelor's degree providing them with practical work experience in the chemical industry as an adjunct to their classroom work.

A. Description
Upon completion of certain required chemistry courses, students will alternate terms in full-time industrial positions with terms on campus. The industry terms are of six months' duration (Jan.-June or July-Dec.). Students are expected to complete a minimum of two industrial experiences.

Students normally enter the program after completing freshman chemistry (CH 110-111), organic chemistry (CH 230-231), and quantitative analysis (CH 226). To complete the degree requirements in four years, one should take certain courses during the summer (or, in exceptional cases, heavier course loads during the regular semesters). Certain chemistry courses should also be taken during the evening in the co-op terms. The scheduling of late afternoon and evening courses allows this to be done without difficulty and the cooperating companies are generous in allowing students to leave early to attend such courses. It is important that the chemistry courses through physical chemistry be taken in the proper sequence, beginning in the freshman year with CH 110-111. Failure to do so could cause delays in graduation. One mechanism which allows earlier entry into the co-op work experience is to take CH 110-111 during the summer before the freshman year (or to take an advanced placement course in high school).

Three credits are given for satisfactory completion of each work experience. A total of six co-op credits may be counted towards the 120 credits required for the baccalaureate degree. The Department may, where appropriate, allow the substitution of the second co-op experience for three credits of advanced laboratory in accordance with guidelines established by the American Chemical Society.

Students may spend all their industrial terms at the same industry location or they may gain broader experience by working at different locations. In some instances students may be "paired" at the same company, one in industry and the other on campus, in alternating schedules.

B. Eligibility

To enter the co-op program, students must satisfy each of the following:

1. CH 110, CH 111, CH 226, CH 230, and CH 231 should be completed.
(Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances.)

2. The grade point average must be at least 2.0 in chemistry courses and 2.0 overall (0-4 scale).

3. Students must be recommended for co-op work by the Department.

4. Students should apply to enter the program before March 1 of their sophomore year.

Note: The Department recommendation may be denied in cases where a student demonstrates lack of motivation or reliability.
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C. Industrial Experiences

The University maintains co-op affiliations with a variety of Connecticut companies, but we can expand to include other states if there is sufficient demand. We try our best to provide work experiences near the student's home if this is desired, but we cannot guarantee a choice of location, nor can we guarantee a co-op position as company policies frequently change, particularly as the state of the economy changes. At the present time, however, we do not have a lack of positions.

Many of these companies are relatively close to the campus and the University allows students to live in dormitories (when space is available) during their industry terms, a distinct advantage to those living some distance away.

D. Advantages of the Program

While the major advantage to the student is the opportunity to combine academic theory with practical work experience, one can cite such additional benefits as:

1. Students can off-set a major portion of their university educational costs through salary earned during the industrial terms

2. Students will become familiar with the realities of industrial employment.

3. The transition to full employment will be smoother.

4. Students who return to the same location for their industrial terms build up seniority which would carry over in the event they are hired on a full-time basis upon completion of the degree.

5. Students with co-op experience are in greater demand and generally start at higher salaries than students without co-op experience.

E. Contact

Prospective students are welcome to visit the campus to discuss the Co-op Program in more detail. For information contact Dr. Harry J. Workman ( telephone: (860)768-4537, e-mail: workman@hartford.edu).

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Certificate Programs in Chemistry

If you have already earned a bachelor's degree and you want to earn a certification in chemistry, there are two certificate programs offered in the Department of Chemistry. The courses are generally offered in the early and late evening.

Chemistry
Required: A bachelor's degree including one semester of college-level chemistry, one year of calculus, and at least one (and preferably two) semester of college-level physics (these courses may be taken at the University if the original bachelor's degree does not include those courses of study), plus:

CH 111 College Chemistry (4)
CH 226 Quantitative Analysis (5)
CH 230 Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 231 Organic Chemistry (4)
CH 347 Physical Chemistry (I) (3)
    20 Credits
Advanced Chemical Measurement
Required: A bachelor's degree including one year of college-level chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one course beyond one year of college-level calculus, and at one year of college-level physics (these courses may be taken at the University if the original bachelor's degree does not include those courses of study), plus:

CH 226 Quantitative Analysis (5)
CH 347 Physical Chemistry (I) (3)
CH 347 Physical Chemistry (II) (3)
CH 347 Physical Chemistry Laboratory (3)
CH 426 Instrumental Methods of Analysis (4)
    18 Credits
This certificate is for those who seek a firm foundation in the area of chemal measurement (i.e. analytical and physical chemistry).
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