Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Chemistry BS

Students majoring in this rigorous degree benefit from an education rooted in organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry. The degree skillfully weaves classroom and laboratory to create a strong foundation in physical science. Students are encouraged to discuss career goals with their faculty academic advisor to identify interests and focus their curriculum.

Students completing the B.S. in Chemistry are well prepared for advanced degrees in chemistry or medicine, or to pursue careers in research, industry, government or education.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation with a B.S. degree in Chemistry, USF students will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the theory and application of the core discipline principles of inorganic, organic, analytical, and physical chemistry.
  • Apply a knowledge of experimental technique to design, carry out, record and analyze the results of hypothesis-driven research using modern instrumentation.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the social responsibility and ethical dimensions of problems and issues facing scientists today.
  • Communicate the results of scientific research to chemists and non-chemists.
  • Demonstrate proper procedures and knowledge of regulations for safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals

Degree Requirements

The B.S. in Chemistry degree requires 128 credit hours:

  • 36-37 credit hours of Franciscan Core general education courses
  • 45-48 credit hours of prescribed courses in chemistry, biology, math and physics
  • a minimum of 11 credit hours of directed electives in chemistry
  • elective courses as needed

Program of Study

The B.S. in Chemistry requires:

  • Major core, 49-50 credit hours: CHEM 141 (Prin Chem I), CHEM 142 (Prin Chem II), CHEM 241 (Organic Chem I), CHEM 242 (Organic Chem II), CHEM 344 (Inorganic), CHEM 345 (Analytical), CHEM 447 (Physical Chem I), SCIE 480 (Science Seminar), CHEM 481 (Science Seminar), CHEM 496 (Chem Research), MATH 133 (Alg & Trig), MATH 223 (Calc I), MATH 224 (Calc II), SCIE 257 (Physics I), SCIE 258 (Physics II), SCIE 450 (STEM Capstone)
  • Major Directed electives, 11 credit hours minimum from: CHEM 333 (BioChem), CHEM 343 (Env Chem), CHEM 348 (Adv Organic), CHEM 448 (Physical Chem II), CHEM 449 (Instrumental)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. To be successful in this rigorous program, it is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Chemistry majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0, and are required to earn a grade of “C” or better in all science courses required by the major, including directed electives. These science courses may be repeated only once.

Graduation Requirements

Prior to graduation, Chemistry majors are required to:

  • complete a nationalized exam by the end of their senior year,
  • complete an internship, participate in research or complete a significant project,
  • present publicly the results of their research, and
  • participate in a weekly science seminar each semester of enrollment.