Department of Life & Physical Sciences

 

Academic Programs in Chemistry

Mission

The mission of the Chemistry program is to provide educational opportunities for students from various backgrounds to be successful in a complex, technological and diverse society. The program is dedicated to teaching the principles and concepts of physical sciences and demonstrating how it applies to our natural and social environment; provides majors with current and relevant programs that prepare them for employment or professional advancement and conducts laboratory and research experiences for undergraduates that reinforce learning and applications of empirical methods of science. The program accomplishes its goals through small classes and individual attention in a nurturing educational environment.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry

Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in Chemistry

Objectives

Students completing a degree in Chemistry will demonstrate

        1.     critical thinking and logical reasoning in chemistry content and knowledge;

        2.     the ability to use laboratory equipment to conduct research;

        3.     a high level of computer technology in chemistry;

        4.     skills for successful employment in their field.

Assessment Program

Assessment of chemistry knowledge and skills will take place in the junior and senior years of the majors. The assessment will include both written and oral presentations of scientific information as well as a detailed examination of their scientific experiences. In order to assess student progress in the objective areas they will participate in the following courses or activities:

  1. Students receiving a degree in Chemistry will generate a portfolio of lab reports emphasizing computer graphics.
  2. Students will participate in seminar courses and generate oral and visual presentations.
  3. Students receiving a B.S. in Chemistry will take the major field exam prior to graduation.
  4. Students receiving a B.S. Ed. in Chemistry will take the Praxis exam prior to graduation

Computer Science Requirement

Upon completion of the Chemistry or Chemistry Education degree programs at Lincoln University, the student will have gained a basic understanding of IBM computers and various science software programs. Students will have the opportunity to gain the necessary computer knowledge and skills by taking CS 103 (or an equivalent), or through participation in department sponsored/presented workshops or by successful completion of courses designated as computer intensive. Students will also have opportunities to develop computer skills in other science courses which require the use of the computer.

Required Courses

A minimum of 40 upper division hours (those numbered 300 and above) is required for graduation.

 

Major:    B.S. in Chemistry

A minimum grade of “C” in CHM 101, 102, 202, 301-302, 303-304, 306-307, 401-402, 403-404, 409, 410 and 422; MAT 123, 203, 304; PHY 101-102 or 201-202; and at least one course in computer programming is recommended: MAT 461 or its equivalent.

Major:   B.S. Ed. in Chemistry

Students working toward the B.S. Ed. degree with a major in Chemistry must complete all of the requirements for the B.S. in Chemistry as well as the required Education courses for the unified science certification. In addition, the following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better: BIO 423 or ENV 103; and PHY 103, 104, 105 and 106. All candidates for certification in Chemistry must also complete PHI 308, BIO 103104 and BIO 105.

Minor in Chemistry  

A minimum grade of “C” in CHM 101-102, 202, 301-302 and 303-304.

Sample Program of Study

Leading to a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Chemistry

 

FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
GE 101
University Seminar
1
General Chemistry II
4
General Chemistry I
4
ENG 102
Comp. & Rhet. II
3
ENG 101
Comp. & Rhet. I
3
Anal. Geo. & Calculus II
5
Anal. Geo. & Calculus I
5
 
U.S./MO Const. Req.
3
PED 111
Pers. and Com. Health
2
 
 
15
 
 
15
 
 
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
Organic Chemistry I
3
Organic Chemistry II
3
Organic Chemistry I Lab
1
Organic Chemistry II Lab
1
MAT 304
Anal. Geo. & Calculus III
5
Quantitative Analysis
4
College Physics   or
General Physics I
4
5
College Physics II    or
General Physics II
4
5
PED
Activity
1
HUM 200
Intro. to Humanities
4
 
 
14-15
 
 
16-17
JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
Biochemistry
3
Physical Chemistry II
3
Biochemistry Lab
1
Physical Chemistry II Lab
1
Physical Chemistry I
3
CD 200
Cultural Diversity
3
Physical Chemistry I Lab
1
SPT 206
Fund. of Speech
3
PSY 101
General Psychology
3
 
Int’l. History Req.
3
 
Electives
3
 
Electives
3
 
ECO/SOC/ANT
3
 
 
16
 
 
17
 
 
 
SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
CHM 422
Adv. Inorganic Chemistry
3
CHM 410
Chemistry Seminar
1
Chemistry Seminar
1
 
Int’l. Cul. Div. Req.
3
 
Hum./Fine Arts Req.
3
 
Electives
10
 
Electives
7
 
 
14
 
 
14