Chemistry Courses & Requirements

Degrees Offered:

  • B.A.: Chemistry
  • B.A.: Chemistry with AYA Integrated Chemistry Education Licensure
  • B.S.: Chemistry
  • Minor: Chemistry

Course Listings

  • Click here to read complete descriptions of the Chemistry courses offered at Wittenberg.

Degree Requirements:

B.A. in Chemistry - 53 credits total (35 in CHEM)

Required in Chemistry
Chemistry 121, 162, 201, 281, 300, 311 or 352, 400 and eight more credits in chemistry. No more than four credits may be applied toward the major from 290, 490, 491, 492 and 499.

Required in Related Departments
Mathematics 201 and 202, Physics 201 and either Physics 202 or 203.

Recommended in Chemistry
Major requirements with additional courses appropriate to career goals and interest. The chemistry major should consult with the academic advisor to supplement the minimum.

Recommended in Other Departments
The student planning to do graduate work in chemistry should consider taking additional courses in mathematics, computer science, physics or biology. The student should consult the academic advisor to select these courses.

B.S. in Chemistry - 78 credits total (55 in CHEM)

Required in Chemistry
Chemistry 121, 162, 201, 271, 281, 300, 302, 311, 321, 352, 382, 400 and four more credits in chemistry. Chemistry 491 cannot be used toward the B.S. If the four additional credits do not include a lab experience, the student must complete an approved summer research project. Note that this degree program leads to certification by the American Chemical Society.

Required in Related Departments
Biology 170, Mathematics 201 and 202, and Physics 200 and 218.

Minor in Chemistry - 23 credits

Chemistry 121, 162, 201, at least one course from 281 or 372, and at least three additional credits in chemistry. A student is not allowed to minor in chemistry if also completing the major or minor in biochemistry/molecular biology.

Seminar Program

The seminar program in the chemistry department consists of student presentations, guest speakers from academe and industry, and a variety of other types of meetings. The seminar program makes a significant contribution toward your professional development as a chemist. The weekly meetings also provide an opportunity for students and faculty to gather for announcements and to create a sense of community in the department. Visiting speakers from graduate programs and industry will help you learn more about opportunities available to you upon graduation from Wittenberg.

The main purpose of the student presentations is to give you the opportunity to search the chemical literature on a topic in chemistry which is of particular interest to you, organize that information in a logical and coherent manner, and then present an in-depth scientific seminar to your peers. These are skills that you will very likely need as a professional after graduation. The seminar program is your opportunity to learn and practice these skills.

Junior seminars are about 25 minutes in length and senior seminars are about 50 minutes in length. For the most part, senior seminars are presented during the fall semester and junior seminars are presented during the spring semester.

Communication skills are extremely important in whatever venture you pursue after graduation. Our seminar program provides students the opportunity to practice and learn effective speaking skills and has been cited as a model for other departments.

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