Chemistry is everywhere. Every technical field involved in research and product development relies on chemistry in some way. Learn to connect the disciplines of physics, geology, environmental science, biology, and medicine in this holistic degree program. Gain the skills and knowledge you need for your career or graduate school.
The sciences at Greenville University offer "medical school" opportunities in an intimate environment. Within one year of graduation, more than 70% of our graduates report they are attending graduate school or have gained employment related to their majors. Students appreciate the one-on-one access to professors and low faculty to student ratio.
At GU, you'll learn by doing, especially in the chemistry lab. You will have access to state-of-the-art equipment and can seek out real-world problems to explore.
Gain access to state-of-the-art equipment and labs starting your freshman year.
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The chemistry major requires a minimum of 30 credits in chemistry plus 22 credits in math and physics. Students with a double major in biology and chemistry may substitute CHM 310 and 315 for CHM 321 and 322 and a mathematics requirement of MTH 113 or 115 or equivalent. It is recommended that students take CHM 315, 342, 351, 401 and a computer programming course. The chemistry major leads to the bachelor of arts degree.
*For the authoritative source on academic requirements and courses, please consult the academic catalog.
Chemistry, BA Courses
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of atomic structure, bonding theory, molecular geometry, reaction rates, equilibrium, and thermodynamics. Meets the general education laboratory science requirement. (Three lecture hours and three lab hours per week.) (Offered fall semester.) Corequisite: CHEM 111L
Basic principles of chemical reactions and descriptive chemistry are integrated in terms of the periodic table, atomic structure, bond types, molecular geometry, reaction rates, and thermodynamics. (Three lecture hours and three hours lab per week.) (Offered spring semester). Corequisite: CHEM 112L
A two-tiered approach to organic chemistry is taken. CHEM 201 is a one semester survey of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Basic structure, bonding, nomenclature, stereochemistry, properties, and reactions of organic molecules are examined. The second course (CHEM 301) covers the same topics, but to a much greater extent and theoretical depth. Major emphasis is placed on reaction mechanisms and much new material is covered, especially in the areas of spectroscopy, bonding theory, and structure/property relationships. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.)
Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Cerequisite: CHEM 201L. (Offered fall semester.)
A continuation of CHM 201. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHM 201 or equivalent. (Offered spring semester.)
The study of acid-base, precipitation, redox, and complex-forming theory through titrations, gravimetric precipitations, and instrumental techniques. The use of the more common analytical instruments will be included in the laboratory. (Two hours lecture and six hours lab per week.)
Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Corequisite: CHEM 305L. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
An introduction to the basic principles of theoretical chemistry with emphasis on thermodynamics and kinetics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.) Prerequisite: CHEM 112, MATH 115, and PHYS210. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.) Corequisite: CHEM 321L.
A quantitative understanding of atomic, molecular, and nuclear physics is presented through the applications of introductory quantum mechanics. (Three hours lecture and three hours lab per week.)
Prerequisite: MATH 217, MATH 218, CIST 140, and PHYS 200. Corequisite: CHEM 322L. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
Introduction to research literature and exploration of new chemical frontiers. Reports on individual library research and discussion of them. Cross-Listed as BIOL 410. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement.
Prerequisite: CHEM 301 and CHEM 310 or CHEM 322. (Offered every semester.)
The first course in the regular calculus sequence. Basic techniques of differentiation and integration are covered. Topics from Analytic Geometry are introduced. Meets the general education quantitative reasoning requirement.
Prerequisite: MATH 111 or equivalent background. (Offered fall semester.)
Techniques of integration, sequences and series, parametric equations, vector valued functions.
Prerequisite: MATH 115. (Offered spring semester.)
The differential and integral calculus of multi-variate functions, line and surface integrals, Green's Theorem, Divergence Theorem, Stokes' Theorem.
Prerequisite: MATH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
First-order differential equations, linear equations, and linear systems, power series solutions, Laplace Transforms.
Prerequisite: MATH 116. (Offered fall semester.)
A calculus-based introductory physics course that covers kinematics and Newtons laws of motion; conservation laws for momentum, energy, and angular momentum; torques and static equilibrium; and simple harmonic motion. Meets the general education laboratory science requirement. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.)
Corequisite: MATH 115, PHYS 200L (Offered fall semester.)
Continuation of PHYS 200 covering electric fields and forces, electric potential, resistors, capacitors and DC circuits; magnetic fields and forces, electromagnetic induction and inductors, electromagnetic waves and Maxwells equations; and geometrical and physical optics. (Three hours lecture and two hours of lab per week.)
Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in PHYS 200. Corequisite: PHYS 210L. (Offered spring semester.)