Furman University Department of Chemistry

Academic Programs

The Chemistry program is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS). There are three tracks of study which result in the ACS accredited Chemistry degree: Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Chemistry. A program of study culminating in ACS undergraduate certification is required of all candidates for the B.S. degree in Chemistry.


Degree requirements

One of the following tracks must be completed in order to receive the B.S. degree with a major in chemistry:

Track of Study Required Courses

Chemistry
  • CHM 110, 115, 120, 220, 230, 240, 310, 330, 340, 075 and 502*
  • Four credits from the following: CHM 410, 420, 430, 440, 450, or 460
  • MTH 150, 151 and 160
  • PHY 111 and 112.

Environmental Chemistry
  • CHM 110, 115, 120, 220, 230, 240, 310, 330, 340, 075 and 502*
  • CHM 440
  • MTH 150, 151 and 160
  • PHY 111 and 112
  • Two courses in Biology or Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES), approved in advance by the Chemistry department.

Biochemistry
  • CHM 110, 115, 120, 220, 230, 240, 310, 330, 460, 465, 075 and 502*
  • MTH 150 and 151 + one of the following: MTH 160, MTH 241 or ECN 225
  • PHY 111 and 112
  • Two Biology courses approved by the Chemistry department (typically BIO 111 and 221).

* The research performed to meet the required CHM 502 requirement must have a component related to the desired area of certification.


For students participating in the annual Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Participation in the annual summer undergraduate research program is accepted in lieu of the required CHM 501(80) or 502(85). Each student must also write a paper based on the research or independent study and present the work to a faculty committee. Papers prepared in the summer undergraduate research program may meet this requirement.


For students pursuing teaching careers

Majors wishing to pursue a career in teaching must complete BIO 111, CSC 101, MTH 150 and 151, PHY 111 and 112, and EDU 111, 120, 221, 350, 454, EDEP 670 in addition to the prescribed courses in the major.

The requirements for certification (teaching internship) will be completed on a post-baccalaureate, graduate credit basis, with the student becoming eligible for certification at the end of fall term following graduation. Please refer to the Education Department for specific requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program and other pertinent information.


Course sequence for chemistry majors

The table below provides some initial guidance on a course sequence for a potential Chemistry major. (Please refer to the Unviersity Catalog for complete degree requirements.)

  Chemistry major
(with no AP credit)
Chemistry major
(with AP credit for CHM 110)
Pre-Health student
Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring
First Year CHM 110
MTH 150
CHM 115
MTH 151
CHM 115
MTH 150
CHM 120
MTH 151
CHM 110 CHM 115
Second Year CHM 120**
PHY 111*
CHM 230
CHM 240
PHY 112
CHM 220
PHY 111*
CHM 230
CHM 240
PHY 112
CHM 120** CHM 220
Third Year CHM 220
CHM 310
CHM 330 CHM 310 CHM 330 - -
Fourth Year Either CHM 460 (fall term) or
CHM 340 (spring term) ***
Either CHM 460 (fall term) or
CHM 340 (spring term)***
- -


In addition, the following items are also required for the major:


NOTES:

* PHY 111 must be taken before CHM 310.

** CHM 120 can be taken concurrently with CHM 115.

*** CHM 340 is the normal course for chemistry majors.
CHM 460 is the first biochemistry course and must be followed by a second biochemistry course.