Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science


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Available Emphasis Areas:

Chemistry is a diverse discipline that encompasses living processes, inorganic interactions, and analytical methods. Chemistry deals with the basic laws of the physical world and the composition and properties of matter. Students trained in chemistry enter careers in academia, research, pharmacy, forensics, medicine, the environment, space exploration, and national defense. Students can select an emphasis that best prepares them for their chosen career path.

The breadth of the field of chemistry requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. The goal of the NAU chemistry degree program is to ensure that our graduates:

  • are well versed in the fundamental principles of chemistry: the atomic theory of matter, the quantum nature of the atom, and the principle laws of thermodynamics;
  • are knowledgeable about frequently encountered elements, compounds, and reactions;
  • understand biosynthetic pathways and modes of action of biomolecules;
  • understand factors controlling the mechanisms of chemical reactions;
  • are knowledgeable about synthesis strategies and can successfully conduct synthetic sequences in the laboratory;
  • understand the principles of chemical analysis and are proficient at using modern instrumentation to carry out analysis;
  • are adept at solving problems independently and contributing to a team effort;
  • are able to communicate their scientific results orally and in writing. 
The B.S. Chemistry degree offers five emphases to allow students to tailor the program to their career goals. These emphases range from our most rigorous degrees certified by the American Chemical Society to ones that focus on the forensic sciences or health professions.

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science


Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry?

If you're excited by the possibilities in test tubes and eager to find adventure in the laboratory, then discover chemistry. Chemistry deals with the basic laws of the physical world and the composition and properties of matter. Advances in computer technology, pharmaceuticals, space exploration, and medicine all have their roots in the chemical sciences. Demand for well-trained technicians and researchers is rising. Our programs prepare you for careers in industry (about 75% of chemists are employed privately), pure science, or the health care professions. Many students prepare for medical, dental, or veterinary school with a chemistry major. Depending on your career path, you can choose one of several emphases. The Chemistry program also offers opportunities to participate in faculty-led undergraduate research or independent study projects.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Biological or analytical testing laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • State or federal government agencies
  • Agricultural chemical companies

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • Crime lab analyst
  • University professor

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 137
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Optional
University Honors Program Optional
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-S Recommended
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Student Learning Outcomes

All Chemistry Degrees

Chemistry Emphasis Learning Outcomes (see below for specific emphasis learning outcomes)Emphasis in Chemistry: Certified by the American Chemical SocietyEmphasis in Biochemistry: Certified by the American Chemical SocietyEmphasis in Advanced ChemistryEmphasis in Forensics and CriminalisticsEmphasis in Health Pre-professional Preparation

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science


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Additional Admission Requirements
Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
General Electives
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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Chemistry, Bachelor of Science


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