Chemistry Major

Shawnee State has an outstanding BS chemistry program that allows students to choose from three tracks within the degree. Each track prepares graduates for careers in science, and allows students to tailor their degree to their career goals. Our graduates have found jobs working for chemical companies, as well as continuing their education in graduate, medical, or pharmacy school.

Chemistry Assistant Professor Derek Jones

Shawnee State's chemistry program has excellent graduation outcomes. In the last five years (2012–2017):

  • 35% of Shawnee State’s BS chemistry graduates were gainfully employed in a chemically related industry
  • 29% were accepted to medical, pharmacy, or professional school
  • 24% pursued a graduate degree (M.S., Ph.D.) in chemistry with full tuition waivers

There are currently three tracks within the chemistry program at Shawnee State:

  • This is the gold-standard program for the chemistry professional. It will prepare you for careers in chemistry, pharmacy, and research.

 


  • Graduates will be well-prepared for direct entry into the chemical workforce.

 


  • This degree program meets all of the common pre-requisites for pharmacy school admission, and allows students to earn a BS in chemistry before entering pharmacy school.
  • Be sure to meet with our pre-pharmacy advisor, Dr. Derek Jones, to make sure you will have all of the pre-requisites for the specific pharmacy program(s) of your choice.

 


Shawnee State has facilities with state of the art instrumentation, including a Bruker Fourier 300 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, an HP gas-chromatograph–mass-spectrometer, and a suite of computers running computational chemistry software.

Shawnee State faculty members offer research opportunities for every student enrolled in our program, and work one-on-one with them in a dedicated research lab space.

  • Four faculty members with Ph.D.'s in chemistry.
  • Hands-on access to all instrumentation in the department, including NMR, FTIR, GC, GC-MS, UV-VIS, AA, and a bomb calorimeter.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities every semester.
  • Upper-division classes are small, with class sizes typically around 10 students.
  • A teaching licensure option is available with our BS Natural Sciences degree.
  • Graduates have been admitted to graduate, medical, and pharmacy schools at: The Ohio State University, Ohio University, and the University of Cincinnati.
  • Chemistry students have been accepted into prestigious summer research programs at the University of California, Irvine; The University of North Dakota, and The University of Cincinnati.
  • We have an active chemistry club that invites speakers to campus, gets involved in our community, and organizes social activities.

If you have any questions about our chemistry programs, feel free to drop us an email at: science@shawnee.edu

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Degree requirements for the BS chemistry, general track

2018–2019 Catalog

First year experience (FYE) class (1–2 hours)

  • UNIV1100 (1 hour), or
  • HONR1101 (2 hours)

The FYE requirement is waived for all transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours. 

General education program (30 hours)

The Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GEP are satisfied by the math and science requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Chemistry core requirements (27 hours)

CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3323 Analytical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4431 Physical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4447 Advanced Synthesis (Capstone) 3
Course Title Hours

General track chemistry core (19 hours)

CHEM3325 Analytical Chemistry 2 4
CHEM4411 Biochemistry 3
CHEM4432 Physical Chemistry 2 4
CHEM4411 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 4
CHEM4495 Undergraduate Research in Chemistry 4
Course Title Hours

Additional science courses (8 hours)

PHYS2201
 or
PHYS2211

Physics 1

Calculus-Based Physics 1

4

4

PHYS2202
 or
PHYS2212

Physics 2

Calculus-Based Physics 2

4

4

Course Title Hours

Math courses (8 hours)

MATH2110 Calculus 1 4
MATH2120 Calculus 2 4
Course Title Hours

General electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional minimum requirements

  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above
  • TWO courses flagged as Writing Intensive (WI) - may be satisfied by courses already counted in the GEP

Special minimum requirements for transfer students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000 – 4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in chemistry completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level

Degree requirements for the BS chemistry, industrial track

2018–2019 Catalog

First year experience (FYE) class (1–2 hours)

  • UNIV1100 (1 hour), or
  • HONR1101 (2 hours)

The FYE requirement is waived for all transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours.

General education program (30 hours)

The Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GEP are satisfied by the math and science requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Chemistry core requirements (27 hours)

CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3323 Analytical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4431 Physical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4447 Advanced Synthesis (Capstone) 3
Course Title Hours

Chemistry electives (8 hours)

All CHEM classes must be 3000-level or greater. No more than 4-hours of CHEM4495 is permitted to fulfill the Chemistry Electives. MATH2120 may be used in this category.

CHEMXXXX    
CHEMXXXX    
CHEMXXXX    
MATH2120    
Course Title Hours

Required support science courses (19–20 hours)

GEOL1201  Physical Geology/ Human Environment 4
BIOL1151  General Biology 1 4

ETCO1120
 or
GEOL2203
 or
BIOL1152

 Intro STEM Computer Programming (CX)

Mineralogy

General Biology 2

3

4

4

PHYS2201
 or
PHYS2211

Physics 1

Calculus-based Physics 1

4

4

PHYS2202
 or
PHYS2212

Physics 2

Calculus-based Physics 2

4

4

Course Title Hours

Math courses (7 hours)

MATH2110 Calculus 1  4
STAT1150 Principles of Statistics   3
Course Title Hours

General electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional minimum requirements

  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above
  • TWO courses flagged as Writing Intensive (WI) - may be satisfied by courses already counted in the GEP

Special minimum requirements for transfer students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000–4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in the Natural Sciences completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level, of which 8 must be in chemistry.

Degree requirements for the BS chemistry, pre-pharmacy track

2018–2019 Catalog

First year experience (FYE) class (1–2 hours)

  • UNIV1100 (1 hour), or
  • HONR1101 (2 hours)

The FYE requirement is waived for all transfer students who have earned 30 or more credit hours. 

General education program (30 hours)

The Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning components of the GEP are satisfied by the math and science requirements of this degree. See the GEP Requirements in the online course catalog for further information.

Chemistry core requirements (27 hours)

CHEM1141 General Chemistry 1 4
CHEM1142 General Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3305 Organic Chemistry 1 4
CHEM3306 Organic Chemistry 2 4
CHEM3323 Analytical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4431 Physical Chemistry 1 4
CHEM4447 Advanced Synthesis (Capstone) 3
Course Title Hours

Pre-pharmacy—additional chemistry (3 hours)

CHEM4411 Biochemistry 3
Course Title Hours

Required support science courses (28 hours)

BIOL1151 General Biology 1 4
BIOL1152 General Biology 2
BIOL3560 Principles of Anatomy
BIOL3561 Principles of Physiology 4
BIOL3750 Microbiology 4

PHYS2201
 or
PHYS2211

Physics 1

Calculus-based Physics 1

4

4

PHYS2202
 or
PHYS2212

Physics 2

Calculus-Based Physics 2

4

4

Course Title Hours

Math courses (7 hours)

MATH2110 Calculus 1 4

STAT1150
 or
BIOL2200

Principles of Statistics

Applied Biostatistics

3

3

Course Title Hours

General electives

Once all other requirements have been met, take enough general electives to meet the 120 hour requirement.

Additional minimum requirements

  • 2.00 overall, cumulative GPA
  • 60 semester credit hours at 2000 level or above
  • TWO courses flagged as Writing Intensive (WI) - may be satisfied by courses already counted in the GEP

Special minimum requirements for transfer students

  • 30 semester credit hours completed at SSU, of which 21 credit hours must be upper division courses (3000–4000 level)
  • 12 semester credit hours in chemistry completed at SSU at the 3000 or 4000 level

Natural Sciences

Contact Information

Department of Natural Sciences
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Dr. Kimberly Inman, Chairperson
Sharon Messer, Secretary

Phone: (740) 351-3456
Fax: (740) 351-3815

smesser@shawnee.edu or
science@shawnee.edu

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