Apr 12, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Chemistry (B.S.)


The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at http://www.niu.edu/assessment/clearinghouse/outcomes/index.shtml.

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Emphasis 1. Chemistry


Certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Requirements in Department (43-44)


Please note corequisite information in courses below.

Electives chosen with the advice of the chemistry faculty (3-4)


Electives chosen with the advice of the chemistry faculty from 400-level classes excluding 401, 403, 414, 416, 428, 494, and 496, or an appropriate advanced course in mathematics, statistics, or natural sciences (3-4).

Requirements outside Department (19-23)


Recommendations


Students should meet with a departmental adviser to determine the appropriate electives for their program of study.

Students interested in forensic science are encouraged to take at least one of the following.


TOTAL HOURS FOR A MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 1, CHEMISTRY: 62-67


General Education Requirements (12-21)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirement MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies  .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (12)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (0)

  • CHEM 210 and CHEM 211, program requirements, fulfill the requirements for this knowledge domain.

Society and Culture (6)

Knowledge Domain Elective (0)

  • PHYS 253 or PHYS 210, one of which must be taken as a program requirement, fulfills the Domain elective requirement.

Graduation Requirements (0-3)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities.Human Diversity Course List  

Writing Infused Requirements (0)

  • CHEM 442 AND CHEM 443, program requirements fulfilled the Writing Infused graduation requirements.

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, EMPHASIS 1: 12-24


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES, EMPHASIS 1: 29-46


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.S. DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 1: 120


Emphasis 2. Biochemistry


Certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.

Requirements in Department (42)


Requirements outside Department (27-30)


Recommendations


Students should meet with a departmental adviser to determine the appropriate electives for their program of study.

Graduate Studies


Students planning on pursuing graduate degrees in chemistry or biochemistry are strongly encouraged to take the following.

Forensic Science


Students interested in forensic science are encouraged to take at least one of the following.

TOTAL HOURS FOR A MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 2, BIOCHEMISTRY: 69-72


General Education Requirements (12-21)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirement MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (12)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (0)

  • CHEM 210 and CHEM 211, program requirements, fulfill the requirements for this domain.

Society and Culture (6)

Knowledge Domain Elective (0)

  • PHYS 253 or PHYS 210, one of which must be taken as a program requirement, fulfills the elective requirement.

Graduation Requirements (0-3)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities. Human Diversity Course List  

Writing Infused Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirements CHEM 442 and CHEM 471.

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, EMPHASIS 2: 12-24


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES, EMPHASIS 2: 24-39


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.S. DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 2: 120


Emphasis 3. Secondary Teaching


Students seeking licensure should consult with the discipline coordinator as early as possible to make certain they meet licensure requirements as well as those set by the university for graduation.

Requirements in Department (52-58)


Please note corequisite information in courses below.

Electives chosen from 400-level courses (4-9)


Requirements outside Department (27)


TOTAL HOURS FOR A MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 3, SECONDARY TEACHING: 79-85


General Education Requirements (12-21)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirement MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (12)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (0)

  • CHEM 210 and CHEM 211, program requirements, fulfill the requirements for this domain.

Society and Culture (6)

Knowledge Domain Elective (0)

  • PHYS 253 or PHYS 210, one of which must be taken as a program requirement, fulfills the elective requirement.

Graduation Requirements (0-3)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities. Human Diversity Course List  

Writing Infused Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirements CHEM 414X and CHEM 442.

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, EMPHASIS 3: 12-24


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES, EMPHASIS 3: 11-29


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.S. DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 3: 120


Emphasis 4. Chemistry for Pre-Professional Students


Successful completion of the course of study for emphasis 4 fulfills the requirements for a minor in biological sciences.

Requirements in Department (32-33)


Requirements outside Department (35)


Students seeking admission to professional schools should consult their adviser as early as possible to make certain they meet entrance requirements for their chosen field.

TOTAL HOURS FOR A MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 4, CHEMISTRY FOR PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: 67-68


General Education Requirements (12-21)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining general education requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the general education requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the general education credit requirements.

The required minimum of 21 semester hours in Knowledge Domain studies cannot include more than two courses in any one department. (A course with an affiliated laboratory course shall be counted as a single course.)

Foundational Studies (0-9)


Writing Requirement (0-6)
Oral Communication Requirement (0-3)
Quantitative Literacy Requirements (0)

  • Satisfied by program requirement MATH 229

For additional information about these requirements, please visit Foundational Studies .

Knowledge Domain Requirements (12)


Creativity and Critical Analysis (6)

Nature and Technology (0)

  • CHEM 210 and CHEM 211, program requirements, fulfill the requirements for this domain.

Society and Culture (6)

Knowledge Domain Elective (0)

  • PHYS 253 or PHYS 210, one of which must be taken as a program requirement, fulfills the elective requirement.

Graduation Requirements (3-6)


In addition to completing the above major requirements students must complete the remaining graduation requirements. If major requirements fulfill any of the graduation requirements, they are listed below and subtracted from the graduation credit requirements.

Human Diversity Requirement (0-3)

  • One course from the approved Human Diversity course list; may be fulfilled by extracurricular activities. Human Diversity Course List  

Writing Infused Requirements (3)

  • CHEM 442, a program requirement, satisfied one course requirement.
  • One course from the approved Writing Infused course list. Writing Infused Course List  

TOTAL HOURS FOR GENERAL EDUCATION AND GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, EMPHASIS 4: 15-27


TOTAL HOURS FOR ELECTIVES, EMPHASIS 4: 25-38


TOTAL HOURS FOR A B.S. DEGREE IN CHEMISTRY, EMPHASIS 4: 120