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Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S.

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Meledath Govindan
Associate Professors
Assistant Professors
Christopher Cratsley (Biology) Ronald Krieser (Biology) Dennis Awasabisah (Chemistry)
Meledath Govindan (Chemistry) John Ludlam (Biology) Emma Downs (Chemistry)
Margaret (Meg) Hoey (Biology) Aisling O’Connor (Chemistry) Steven Fiedler (Chemistry)
Michael Nosek (Biology) Erin Rehrig (Biology) Lisa Grimm (Biology)
Christopher Picone (Biology) Sean Rollins (Biology) Elizabeth Kirkpatrick (Biology)
  Thomas Schoenfeld (Biology) Mathangi Krishnamurthy (Chemistry)
    Billy Samulak (Biology)
    Daniel Welsh (Biology)
    Eric Williams (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 Core Courses in Chemistry

Additional Requirement

Chemistry majors must earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in General Chemistry I.  If a grade below 2.0 is earned, General Chemistry I must be repeated before enrolling in General Chemistry II.  As is the case with biology majors, chemistry majors are also limited to two attempts in General Chemistry I including the grade of W.

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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