Department of Chemistry
Chair and Professor Wiegand
Professors Benson, Ronald, Sutter,
Associate Professors Kalivas, Wells
Assistant Professors Rodriguez,
Combined BS/MS Program in Chemistry
The combined BS/MS curriculum in Chemistry at Idaho State University consists of required course work, research experience, and presentation of the students' research through both written and oral communication.
The program is designed for students to enter at the beginning of their junior year. Students may be admitted to the program after having completed 64 credit hours. Application for admission must be made to the Chemistry Department. In addition, the student must have completed the required courses (or the equivalent) that are listed in the General University Bulletin, and have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.
Each student is required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0. The following courses must be completed.
MATH 330 Linear Algebra 3 cr MATH 360 Differential Equations 3 cr CHEM 407 Inorganic Chemistry II 2 cr CHEM 435 Senior Research 8 crCHEM 453 Modern Experimental
Chemistry 2 crCHEM 466 Structural Analysis in
Chemistry 2 cr CHEM 49l Seminar 1 crCHEM 5l0 Advanced Inorganic
Chemistry 3 crCHEM 530 Advanced Analytical
Chemistry 3 crCHEM 555 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 cr CHEM 571 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 cr
CHEM 601 Seminar 2 cr CHEM 635 Masters Research 10 crIn addition, the student must complete an additional 3 credit hours of 600 level courses and additional electives for a total of 158 credit hours. This corresponds to 128 credit hours for the BS degree and 30 credit hours for the MS degree. Students are required to have completed all general education requirements by the end of their senior year (second year in the combined BS/MS program). It is the intent that all students will finish within the period of three years after admission to the program. The student is expected to begin his/her research at the beginning of the summer session. Monthly progress reports will be required henceforth. It will be recommended that students who are not making adequate progress discontinue the program. Each student must complete the Graduate Record Exam before the beginning of his/her second year (senior year) in the combined BS/MS program. The student must score at or above the 35th percentile in two areas of the three aptitude sections (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical).
g446 Computer Applications in Science 2 credits. Emphasis will be
on Basic Programming and Chemistry. Students will be allowed
opportunity to concentrate on problems which may be of special
interest to them in their science field.
g453 Modern Experimental Physical Chemistry 2 credits. Magnetic,
optical, and electrical properties of materials, calorimetry,
voltammetry, optical and laser spectroscopic techniques. PREREQ:
CHEM 334 and 352.
g455 Advanced Physical Chemistry 3 credits. Introductory material from quantum chemistry and statistical mechanics with applications in chemical thermodynamics. PREREQ: CHEM g302, and CHEM g352 or permission of instructor.
g466 Structural Analysis in Chemistry 2 credits. The application of spectra-structure correlations to the solution of chemical structural problems. PREREQ: CHEM g302 and CHEM g407, or permission of instructor.
g471 Advanced Organic Chemistry 3 credits. Kinetics and mechanisms in organic reactions. PREREQ: CHEM g302 and CHEM g352, or permission of instructor.
g481-482 Independent Problems in Chemistry 1-4 credits each. Directed library and laboratory research. Courses may be repeated to a maximum of 6 credits.
g491-492 Seminar 1 credit each. Oral reports of library and laboratory research. CO-REQ: CHEM g481-482 or permission of instructor.
597 Professional Education Development Topics. Variable credit. May be repeated. A course for practicing professionals aimed at the development and improvement of skills. May not be applied to graduate degrees. May be graded S/U.
601 Seminar 1 credit. Oral reports of current literature and research in chemistry.
610 Special Topics in Chemistry 3 credits. Detailed consideration of a limited phase of chemistry; course content will vary with current demand and with the instructor; may be repeated with departmental approval for non-repetitive course content. PREREQ: Permission of the instructor and applicable advanced coursed in chemistry.
615 X-Ray Diffraction Analysis 3 credits. The theory and use of X-ray Diffraction methods for the analysis of crystalline materials and crystal structure determinations. PREREQ: GEOL, CHEM or PHYS g370 or equivalent.
621 Organic Reactions 3 credits. Advanced study of organic chemical reactions with emphasis on synthetic applications. PREREQ: CHEM 302.
635 Master's Research 2-6 credits. A continuation of CHEM 435 to improve ability of students to solve chemical problems independently and pursue research at an advanced level. PREREQ: CHEM 435. May be repeated for up to 12 credits. 640 Research Techniques in Chemistry 2-6 credits. Designed to improve the ability of students to solve chemical problems independently in the laboratory; special emphasis on development of manipulative skills, instrumental methods and supporting library research; nature of the projects dictated by students' needs; may be repeated with departmental approval for nonrepetitive course content. Limit 12 credits. 650 Thesis 1-10 credits.
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