Lake Superior State University

Chemistry: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


According to the 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimator, more people are employed as chemists and chemical technicians than in any other job classification in the life and physical science occupations (http://stats.bls.gov). With many free electives and a common general education core, a chemistry degree can also be used in combination with other majors or minors such as pre-law, engineering, literature, business, biology, etc. to match student interest and career plans.

Graduates with a bachelor of arts in chemistry work in many disciplines and industries, and many proceed on to graduate school in natural sciences, law, engineering and medicine. Internships in chemistry are encouraged where students can gain valuable real-world work experience while gaining college credit. In addition, each student participates in an applied research project in close collaboration with faculty members to address meaningful chemical-based problems. These projects, through the excellent preparation they provide our students, are often cited as important factors in successful job searches and entry into graduate programs.

The LSSU chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society. Graduates completing the prescribed requirements are awarded an ACS certificate signifying their completion of the approved degree and can qualify for membership in the Society upon graduation.

American Chemical Society
Committee on Professional Training
155 Sixteenth Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20036

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts Chemistry

Chemistry Degree Requirements (39 credits)

Directed Electives (8 credits)

Choose eight credits from the following:

  • INTD399 Internship in Chemistry 2-4
  • CHEM Electives (300-level or higher beyond courses listed above)

Other Departments (27 credits)

  • BUSN211 Business Statistics 3
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4
  • MATH152 Calculus II 4
  • PHYS231 Applied Physics I 4
  • PHYS232 Applied Physics II 4
  • Foreign Language I 4
  • Foreign Language II 4
  • Other General Education (25-28 credits)
  • ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • Approved Humanities* 3
  • Approved Social Science* 6-8
  • Approved Soc. Sci. Diversity* 3-4

*consult list for approved courses

Free elective credits must be completed for a minimum of 124 total credits.


Bachelor of Arts Chemistry, Secondary Teaching

Chemistry Requirements (40 credits)

Complete one methods course from the following:

  • EDUC443 Science Methods for Secondary Teachers 3
  • EDUC453 Directed Study in Science Methods

Chemistry Cognates (25 credits)

Other General Education (25-28 credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Approved Humanities* 3
  • Approved Social Science* 6-8
  • Approved Soc. Sci. Diversity* 3-4

*consult list for approved courses

Directed Electives (8 credits)

  • INTD399 Internship in Chemistry
  • CHEM Electives (300-level or higher beyond courses listed above)

Secondary Teaching Certification

To be recommended for secondary teacher certification, students must complete an approved minor in a second teachable subject.

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.

 

Bachelor of Arts Chemistry, Pre-Professional

Chemistry Degree Requirements (39 credits)

Directed Electives (8 credits)

Choose eight credits from the following:

  • INTD399 Internship in Chemistry 2-4
  • CHEM electives (300-level or higher beyond courses listed above)

Pre-Professional Courses (16 credits)

Support Courses (27 credits)

Other General Education (25-28 credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Approved Humanities* 3
  • Approved Social Science* 6-8
  • Approved Soc. Sci. Diversity* 3-4

*consult list for approved courses

Free elective credits must be completed for a minimum of 124 total credits.

 

Bachelor of Science Chemistry

Chemistry Degree Requirements (55-57 credits)

Support Courses (19 credits)

General Electives (25 credits)

Other General Education (25-28 credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Approved Humanities* 3
  • Approved Social Science* 6-8
  • Approved Soc. Sci. Diversity* 3-4

*consult list for approved courses

Free elective credits must be completed for a minimum of 124 total credits.


Bachelor of Science Chemistry, Secondary Teaching

Chemistry Requirements (40 credits)

Complete one methods course from the following:

  • EDUC443 Science Methods for Secondary Teachers 3
  • EDUC453 Directed Study in Science Methods

Chemistry Cognates (37 credits)

Other General Education (25-28 credits)

  • COMM101 Fund. of Speech Communication 3
  • ENGL110 Freshman Composition I 3
  • ENGL111 First-Year Composition II 3
  • HUMN251 Humanities I 4
  • Approved Humanities* 3
  • Approved Social Science* 6-8
  • Approved Soc. Sci. Diversity* 3-4

*consult list for approved courses

Free elective credits must be completed for a minimum of 124 total credits.

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.


Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.