Chemistry Plans of Study

Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

A suggested sequence for the science requirements is listed below. Variations from the suggested sequence should be checked to ensure that all course prerequisites are met.  Students pursuing this degree must complete 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits - see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog).

First YearCredits
BIOL 1101
1101L
4
CHEM 1111
1111L
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
4
MATH 1170 or 11603-4
 16-17
Second YearCredits
CHEM 22322
CHEM 22342
CHEM 33013
CHEM 33023
CHEM 33031
CHEM 33041
Take one of the following physics sequences:8-10
 
OR 
 
 20-22
Third YearCredits
BIOL 4432 or CHEM 44453
CHEM 22113
CHEM 22131
CHEM 3341
CHEM 3342
6
OR 
 
 13
Fourth YearCredits
CHEM 33911
 1
Total Credits: 50-53

1 Plus 8 additional upper-division (3000-4000 level) credits in chemistry, approved by the department and not to include CHEM 4491. No more than 2 credits of CHEM 3311 and 2 credits in CHEM 4481-CHEM 4482 may be used to satisfy these electives. If the CHEM 4445 and CHEM 4447 sequence is taken, 3 credits may be used to satisfy elective credits. No more than 40 credits in chemistry will count toward graduation in this ­program.

2 Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry should complete ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P, and COMM 1101 during the freshman year, and ENGL 1102 should be passed by, or during, the sophomore year. (General Education Objective 1 is satisfied by taking ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P, AND ENGL 1102. General Education Objective 2 is satisfied by COMM 1101.) Objective 3 should be fulfilled by MATH 1160 or MATH 1170 as early as possible. The other General Education Requirements should be taken as credit load allows.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

A suggested sequence for taking the required science courses is given below. Students who opt for a variation from the suggested sequence should check to ensure that course prerequisites have been satisfied. Because many courses have structured prerequisites, major deviations from this schedule could increase the time required to obtain the degree.  Students pursuing this degree must complete 8 of the 9 General Education Objectives (a minimum of 36 credits - see the General Education Requirements described in the Academic Information section of this catalog).

Students working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry should complete ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P, and COMM 1101 during the freshman year, and ENGL 1102 should be passed by, or during, the sophomore year. (General Education Objective 1 is satisfied by taking ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P, AND ENGL 1102. General Education Objective 2 is satisfied by COMM 1101.) The mathematics requirement (Objective 3) should be fulfilled by MATH 1170 and MATH 1175 as early as feasible.

First YearCredits
BIOL 1101
1101L
4
CHEM 1111
1111L
5
CHEM 1112
1112L
4
MATH 11704
MATH 11754
 21
Second YearCredits
CHEM 22322
CHEM 22342
CHEM 33013
CHEM 33023
CHEM 33031
CHEM 33041
PHYS 2211
PHYS 2212
8
PHYS 2213
PHYS 2214
2
 22
Third YearCredits
CHEM 22113
CHEM 22131
CHEM 33312
CHEM 33342
CHEM 3351
CHEM 3352
6
CHEM 4451
CHEM 4452
2
 16
Fourth YearCredits
Choose one:3-6
 
OR
 
 
OR
 
 
CHEM 33652
CHEM 33662
CHEM 4481
CHEM 4482
4
CHEM 44911
 12-15
Total Credits: 71-74

Overview of Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

The Department of Chemistry offers an accelerated BS/MS program for talented and motivated undergraduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Graduates will receive separate bachelor’s and master’s degrees on their transcripts. The BS degree can be in either Chemistry or Biochemistry, and the MS degree will be in Chemistry. This program allows a student to complete the traditional BS in 4 years, and while doing so also enroll in 5000-level classes that will count toward both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Together with summer research, these credits shorten the MS timeline to just one additional year, reducing the time and cost required to earn the MS degree.

Admission Requirements

Information about admission into the accelerated program can be found in the undergraduate catalog, as can guidance regarding suggested preparatory courses that will satisfy prerequisites to facilitate timely progress through the advanced degree.

Before enrolling in graduate level coursework, participants must also apply for formal admission into Idaho State University’s Graduate School. Standard criteria that must be satisfied for admission are detailed by the Graduate School. Standardized tests such as the GRE are not required for students in the BS/MS program.  

General Requirements

Students in the accelerated program fulfill the same total credit requirements for the graduate degree as all other MS students. A key benefit of the accelerated framework is that graduate courses can count toward both degrees and shorten the degree timeline. In addition, the accelerated program is differentiated from traditional thesis and coursework MS degrees in Chemistry by a structured research project conducted principally during two summers. This element is intended to give students intensive research analogous to a thesis degree while retaining the structure and respecting the schedule limitations of undergraduate education.

 To fulfill the research component of the degree, each student selects a committee and identifies a project during the first year after admission, which is typically their third year in university. They go on to conduct laboratory research during the summers, complete parts of a research paper each semester, and defend a final research paper prior to graduation with the MS degree.

Continuation in the accelerated program requires that the student maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 from date of admission, and make satisfactory progress as approved by their committee. Students failing to make adequate coursework or research progress will be asked to discontinue the program after completing the bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled in the accelerated program may also freely elect to abandon the MS portion, and the bachelor’s degree will be awarded as soon as the student has fulfilled all bachelor’s degree requirements. A student wishing to apply their BS/MS progress towards a stand-alone MS degree (thesis or non-thesis) must reapply to that program following the steps described in the Graduate Catalog.

Suggested Schedule

The following schedule shows how a chemistry student might progress through the BS/MS program if they enter it having already completed CHEM 2211, CHEM 2213, CHEM 2232, and CHEM 2234. Each student is required to meet all course requirements for either the BS degree in chemistry (except independent problems CHEM 4481 and CHEM 4482, which are replaced by a total of 8 credits of CHEM 4485), or the BS in biochemistry. Each student is required to complete two credits of seminar (CHEM 6601), ten credits of MS research (CHEM 6635), two of the advanced chemistry courses (CHEM 6609, CHEM 6630, CHEM 6655, and CHEM 6671) and six additional credits from among these or other approved 6600-level lecture courses. These twenty-four credits of 6600 level courses are taken during the second and third years of the program. Students must complete six additional credits of approved graduate level coursework at the 5500 or 6600 level. Up to six credits of CHEM 4400/5500-level lecture or laboratory coursework taken at the 5500-level may be counted simultaneously toward both the Chemistry or Biochemistry BS degree and toward the Chemistry MS degree within the BS/MS program.

Year 1 in the B.S./M.S. Program (Junior Year): During the first semester each student is expected to select three faculty members to serve as an advisory committee subject to the approval of the department chair. In the second semester, each student will form a planned program of study with a research advisor, write a research overview of a chosen project, and apply and be admitted to the Graduate School. The student must score at or above the 35th percentile in two areas of aptitude (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical) of the Graduate Record Exam. The student is expected to begin his/her research no later than the beginning of the summer semester. Thereafter, individual sections of the research paper will be required as the student progresses through the program.

Year 2 in the B.S./M.S. Program (Senior Year) and year 3 (Graduate standing): To remain in the program, a student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 from date of admission and must earn a grade of C- or better in all 6000-level courses. The students' committees will assess student standing annually and will recommend that students who are not making adequate progress discontinue the program. Students are required to have completed all General Education requirements by the end of their second year in the combined B.S./M.S. program.

Suggested Schedule in B.S./M.S. Program

First Year
Fall/SpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 22113Take 6 credits of CHEM 4485:6
CHEM 22131 
CHEM 333112 
CHEM 333412 
CHEM 335113 
CHEM 335213 
CHEM 44511 
CHEM 44521 
MATH 33603 
Electives11 
 30 6
Second Year
Fall/SpringCreditsSummerCredits
Choose one:3-6CHEM 663526
  
OR
  
  
OR
  
  
CHEM 33652 
CHEM 33662 
CHEM 44072 
CHEM 44852 
CHEM 44911 
CHEM 660923 
CHEM 665523 
Electives8 
 26-29 6
Third Year
Fall/SpringCredits 
CHEM 660121 
CHEM 663023 
CHEM 663524 
CHEM 667123 
Electives13 
 24
Total Credits: 92-95