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Fitchburg State University 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S.

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Meledath Govindan
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
George Babich (Biology) Ronald Krieser (Biology) Dennis Awasabisah (Chemistry)
Meledath Govindan (Chemistry) John Ludlam (Biology) Emma Downs (Chemistry)
Michael Nosek (Biology) Aisling O’Connor (Chemistry) Steven Fiedler (Chemistry)
Christopher Picone (Biology) Thomas Schoenfeld (Biology) Lisa Grimm (Biology)
    Natalie Karagodsky (Biology)
    Elizabeth Kilpatrick (Biology)
    Mathangi Krishnamurthy (Chemistry)
    Erin Rehrig (Biology)
    Sean Rollins (Biology)
    Billy Samulak (Biology)
    Daniel Welsh (Biology)

Objectives for the Program in Chemistry

The Bachelor of Science degree programs in chemistry are available for students who intend to pursue graduate studies, secondary school teaching, or a professional career in the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology or related industry. The programs provide a strong background in the modern areas of chemistry including biochemistry with emphasis on hands-on laboratory work. They also provide the opportunity for exceptionally talented students to conduct independent research under the guidance of the faculty. The degree programs will also prepare students for further education in health sciences, such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, optometry and other health professions provided they take other pre-requisite courses.

Required Courses in Related Disciplines

Chemistry Electives

Students must choose two electives from any 3000 or higher level course in chemistry (CHEM).  The exact number of credits will depend on whether a student chooses an elective with a lab component (4 cr.) or without a lab (3 cr.)


Additional Information about the Program of Study

  • Up to 3 credits of Internship (CHEM 4940), Independent Study (CHEM 4900) or Directed Study (CHEM 4975) can be used to fulfill the elective requirement.
  • Total number of credit hours required in the major and related areas - 63 - 65 cr.
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences coursework - 30 cr. (minimum)
  • Total number of credits for required coursework - 90 - 92 cr.
  • Free Electives - 25 - 27 cr.
  • Jr./Sr. Writing Requirement is met by upper division courses where formal laboratory reports are required and the capstone course, Chemistry Seminar.
  • Listening and Speaking requirement is met by the advanced courses in chemistry and Chemistry Seminar.
  • Computer Literacy is satisfied by the use of computers and scientific software in several courses beginning with General Chemistry.


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