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Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Chemistry (CHEM)


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Professor: Christopher F. Bauer, Arthur Greenberg, Richard P. Johnson, Howard R. Mayne, Glen P. Miller, W. Rudolf Seitz, Sterling A. Tomellini, Gary R. Weisman, Edward H. Wong, Charles K. Zercher
Associate Professor: Roy Paul Planalp
Assistant Professor: Erik Berda, Margaret E. Greenslade, Gonghu Li, Samuel Pazicni

“Chemistry is everywhere. From agriculture to health care, chemistry extends life and improves its quality. From disposable diapers to space suits, chemistry provides new materials for clothing, shelter, and recreation. From computer chips to fiber optics, chemistry is the foundation of today’s high technology.” (American Chemical Society)

A study in chemistry is the pathway to multiple options. These options include careers in education, law, forensics, medicine, biotechnology, environmental protection, technical sales, pharmaceutical research, semiconductors, and industrial chemical production. The potential is limitless. Students interested in pursuing chemistry as an undergraduate degree have two options available to them, which are based on their career plans. These are the bachelor of science degree (BS) and a bachelor of arts degree (BA). Since the required chemistry courses in each degree program are the same the first year, it is easy to change from one program to another. A chemistry faculty advisor is assigned to a student once she/he enters the program. The advisor will work with the student throughout their chemistry major program to choose courses to meet requirements for their major and overall.

First Year Student Requirements:

In general, a first-year student should register for the following courses, and this applies to  both  programs (BA & BS): 

Chemistry Major Requirements:

1. Satisfy the Discovery Program requirements. 

2. For specific chemistry major course requirements, see the Baccalaureate Degree Required Chemistry Courses table. 

3. Chemsitry majors cannot use CHEM 403, CHEM 404 and CHEM 405 to satisfy discovery program requirements.


Capstone Experience:

A capstone experience is required for all chemistry majors during their senior year. Currently the Bachelor of Science major offers Chemistry 699, Senior Thesis, as the capstone experience. 

Senior thesis is a year-long project involving literature research, developing scientific writing skills and obtaining lab experience using a variety of techniques and equipment. Senior thesis research is focused on an area of specialty in either analytical, inorganic, organic and physical areas of chemistry. Students must interview with a faculty member before choosing to register for Chemistry 699. The interview process enables the student to explore areas of interest and the faculty advisor to determine a potential project. The senior thesis experience immerses the student into the lab environment: working with peers, graduate students and a research advisor. This creates a community to facilitate discussion, questions and new ideas for projects. 

Completing a senior thesis in chemistry provides valuable field experience for careers in chemistry or closely related fields. Students combine their research with another course, Chemistry 698 - Senior Seminar - to develop posters exhibiting their research. These are presented at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. This is in addition to creating a written bound thesis. Copies of students theses are displayed in the Chemistry Library, the advisor’s personal library and of course personal copies for the student. Choosing to complete a senior thesis also enables your BS degree to be ACS certified.

A capstone experience for the Bachelor of Arts is currently being determined.

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

This curriculum offers students the opportunity to combine the chemistry major with other interests; for example, preprofessional programs, education, and business.

1. Satisfy the Discovery Program requirements
2. For specific course requirements, see the BA section in the Baccalaureate Degree Required Chemistry Courses table. 


Baccalaureate Degree Required Chemistry Courses

Course Number Title BS BA
400   Freshman Seminar   x   x  
403, 404   General Chemistry   x   x  
517, 518   Quantitative Analysis   x   x  
547 & 549   Organic Chemistry I   x   x  
548 & 550   Organic Chemistry II   x   x  
574   Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry   x   x  
683 & 685   Physical Chemistry I   x   x  
684 & 686   Physical Chemistry II   x   x  
762 & 763   Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis   x   x  
698   Seminar   x   x  
699   Thesis   x    
755 & 756   Advanced Organic Chemistry   x    
774 & 775   Advanced Inorganic Chemistry   x    
776   Physical Chemistry III   x    
708   Spectroscopic Investigations of Organic Molecules      

Other Requirements:

All majors: MATH 425 and 426, Calculus I and II. Math 425 satisfies the Discovery Foundation Quantitative Reasoning Category

B.A.s are required to take 698, Seminar; it also meets writing intensive requirements.

B.S. degree: PHYS 407-408, General Physics I and II; BCHM 658 or 751, Biochemistry; one chemistry-related course.† Check course listings to see which meet a physical science discovery criteria or a biological science course criteria as a part of the discovery program.

B.A. degree, chemistry major: PHYS 407, General Physics I, or PHYS 401-402, Introduction to Physics I and II; two other CHEM courses, except 698, or two approved chemistry-related courses.†
† Suggested courses: MATH 527, 528; PHYS 505; EE 620; BCHM 658, 751.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

This curriculum prepares students for careers requiring a thorough knowledge of chemistry and provides a strong foundation for careers in industry, professional schools (e.g., medical schools), and for graduate study in chemistry or in interdisciplinary areas. The curriculum requires a greater depth in chemistry and physics than do the other degree programs.


1. Satisfy  the Discovery Program requirements.

2. For specific course requirements, see the BS section in the Baccalaureate Degree Required Chemistry Courses table. 


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