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Course Descriptions

First Semester (Fall Freshman) - 16 Semester Hours

CHE 1301 Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry I

Prerequisite: High school chemistry is recommended. Chemistry majors do not generally take CHE 1300 unless they lack high school chemistry.

NOTE: It is extremely important for potential chemistry majors to begin taking chemistry requirements as soon as possible. It is possible to begin chemistry as late as the third semester, but scheduling becomes very difficult.

CHE 1101 General Chemistry Laboratory I

Prerequisite: Credit or concurrent registration in CHE 1301.

MTH 1321 Calculus I

Prerequisite: MTH 1304 with a grade of C or better or satisfactory performance on a departmental placement exam.

NOTE:It is important to start the calculus sequence no later than the second semester. PHY 1420, normally taken during the third semester, has a co-requisite of MTH 1321. Students who lack adequate preparation to take MTH 1321 will be required take MTH 1304, Pre-Calculus, during their first semester. This decisions is made by the Math department based upon a required placement exam.

SPA 1401 Elementary Spanish

ENG 1302 Thinking and Writing

NOTE 1:In the event you have advanced placement for ENG 1302, you may substitute a social science course (see below).

NOTE 2:Chemistry majors are strongly advised to take ENG 3300, Technical and Professional Writing, during their junior or senior years rather than taking ENG 1304 during their freshman year.

CHA 1088 Chapel

NOTE:All university students are required to complete two semesters of Chapel. Since some higher level math and science courses conflict with this course, you are strongly advised to complete this requirement during the freshman year.


Second Semester (Spring Freshman) - 16 Semester Hours

CHE 1302 Basic Principles of Modern Chemistry II

Prerequisite: CHE 1301 with a grade of C or better.

CHE 1102 General Chemistry Laboratory II

Prerequisite: CHE 1101 and Credit or concurrent registration in CHE 1302.

MTH 1322 Calculus II

Prerequisite: MTH 1321 with a grade of C or better.

SPA 1402 Introductory Spanish

CFOR 1088 Chapel-Forum

HP 11xx Human Performance (Activity Course)

REL 1310 The Christian Scriptures

NOTE: All students are required to take two religion courses, REL 1310 and REL 1350.


Third Semester (Fall Sophomore) - 17 Semester Hours

CHE 3331 Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisite: CHE 1302.

CHE 2216 Laboratory Measurements and Techniques

Prerequisite: CHE 1302 and 1102.

MTH 2321 Calculus III

Prerequisite: MTH 1322 with a grade of C or better.

SPA 2301 Intermediate Spanish

PHY 1420 General Physics I

Prerequisite: MTH 1321 or concurrent enrollment.

NOTE: This is a calculus-based physics course. Do not take PHY 1408, General Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences, as it is not calculus-based and will not meet the requirement for the chemistry degree.

HP 11xx Human Performance (Activity Course)

NOTE: All students are required to complete four activity courses. See the catalog for specific requirements and waivers.


Fourth Semester (Spring Sophomore) - 16 Semester Hours

CHE 3332 Organic Chemistry II

Prerequisite: CHE 3331 with grade of C or better.

MTH 3325 Ordinary Differential Equations

Prerequisite: MTH 2321 with a grade of C or better or concurrent enrollment.

SPA 2302 Intermediate Spanish

PHY 1430 General Physics II

Prerequisite: PHY 1420 and MTH 1322 or concurrent enrollment.

CHE 3238 Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHE 1102, 3331, and credit or concurrent registration in 3332.

HP 11xx Human Performance (Activity Course)


Fifth Semester (Fall Junior) - 14 Semester Hours

CHE 4321 Physical Chemistry I

Prerequisite: CHE 2216, MTH 2321, PHY 1430, and CHE 3332 or consent of instructor.

NOTE 1: This course has prerequisites of Calculus III and General Physics II. It is therefore necessary to keep up with calculus and physics prior to the third year. It is highly desirable to take CHE 4321 during the fifth semester since most other upper level chemistry courses have this course or its laboratory as a prerequisite.

NOTE 2: This course (and 4127) could in theory be taken concurrently with CHE 3331 or 3332 + 3238, but this is not recommended.

NOTE 3: The chemistry courses leading up to CHE 4321 are all offered every semester, including during the summer. However, 4000 level chemistry courses are generally offered only once per year in either the fall or spring so it is important to anticipate taking them during the correct semester.

CHE 4127 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

Prerequisite: CHE 2216 and credit or concurrent enrollment in CHE 4321.

PSC 2302 American Constitutional Development

NOTE: This course is required of all university students. However, transfer credit for PSC 1305 + 1306, if obtained prior to admission to Baylor, will substitute for this course.

REL 1350 The Christian Heritage

NOTE: All students are required to take two religion courses, REL 1310 and REL 1350.

ENG 2301 British Literature

NOTE: Required of all students. Another good candidate for credit by examination.

NOTE: The English Department now requires students to complete ENG 1304 before taking ENG 230X. Therefore, if you are substituting ENG 3300 for ENG 1304, you may have difficulty registering for ENG 230X, especially if you try to do so before taking ENG 3300. The English Department will waive the 1304 prerequisite for students planning to take 3300, but you must request permission to do so.

HIS 1305 World History Through the Fourteenth Century

NOTE: All B.S. majors are required to complete two history or social science courses. Any course in Anthropology, Economics, History, Honors, Philosophy, Political Science (except 2302), Psychology (except lab courses), Sociology, or Geology (1300 only) will meet this requirement. These courses are very appropriate choices for credit by examination or transfer credit in order to decrease your courseload.

HP 11xx Human Performance (Activity Course)


Sixth Semester (Spring Junior) - 16 Semester Hours

CHE 4322 Physical Chemistry II

Prerequisite: CHE 2216, MTH 2321, PHY 2435, and CHE 3332 or consent of instructor.

CHE 4128 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II

Prerequisite: CHE 4127 and credit or concurrent enrollment in 4322.

NOTE: There are three required upper-level laboratory courses offered in the spring: 4128, 4217, and 4237. If the B.S. degree is to be completed in four years, there will be one spring during which you take two of these courses concurrently.

CHE 4316 Instrumental Analysis

Prerequisite: CHE 4321 or 4327.

NOTE: The analytical chemistry faculty recommend taking 4316/4217 as early as possible (i.e., generally during the sixth semester).

CHE 4217 Instrumental Analysis Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHE 4127 and credit or concurrent enrollment in 4316.

NOTE: The lecture (4316) may be taken without the laboratory (4217), but not vice versa.

HIS 1306 World History from 1400 to 1750

Just one example of a History or Social Science course that meets the requirements.

HP 11xx Human Performance (Activity Course)


Seventh Semester (Fall Senior) - 15 Semester Hours

CHE 4301 Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisite: CHE 4321.

CHE 4207 Preparative Inorganic Chemistry

Prerequisite: CHE 3238, and 4127 or consent of instructor.

NOTE: While the prerequisites for this laboratory include only CHE 3238 and 4127, it is highly recommended to take it concurrently with 4301.

CHE 4151 Undergraduate Seminar I

Prerequisite: CHE 3332 and Senior standing.

CHE 4341 General Biochemistry

Prerequisite: CHE 3332.

NOTE: General Biochemistry is one of the few upper level chemistry courses that do not have 4321 as a prerequisite and it is offered every fall (and usually also in the spring). CHE 4341 can thus be taken as early as the fifth semester.

ENG 3300 Technical and Professional Writing

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

NOTE: This course substitutes for ENG 1304 for chemistry majors. It is a much more relevant course and should be taken sometime during the junior or senior years.


Eighth Semester (Spring Senior) - 15 Semester Hours

CHE 4237 Advanced Organic Laboratory

Prerequisite: CHE 3238 and 3332.

CHE 43xx Upper Level Chemistry

NOTE 1: One upper level chemistry elective is required for the ACS Certified B.S. degree.

NOTE 2: Undergraduate research is strongly encouraged. This may begin as early as the Freshman year and may be done for credit at any time by taking CHE 1V98, 2V98, or 4V98. CHE 4V98 may be used to satisfy the upper level chemistry elective requirement for the ACS Certified B.S. degree if two hours of it are completed, followed by CHE 4199, Senior Thesis (total 3 sem. hrs). CHE 4V98 may also be used to satisfy one of the upper level laboratory requirements (at least 2 sem. hrs) for the Concentration Option B.S. degree. In either case, CHE 4V98 is generally preceded by one or more semesters of lower level undergraduate research experience.

CHE 4001 Exit Examination

Prerequisite: Senior standing.

NOTE: All chemistry majors are required to complete CHE 4001. The only requirement for this course is completion of a nationally normed chemistry exit examination designated by the department. This examination will be chosen by the department from the GRE, ETS, or another similar examination. You will not be allowed to graduate until you have completed this requirement.

ENG 2304 American Literature

NOTE: ENG 2304 or 2306 is required. Another good candidate for credit by examination or transfer credit.

NOTE: The English Department now requires students to complete ENG 1304 before taking ENG 230X. Therefore, if you are substituting ENG 3300 for ENG 1304, you may have difficulty registering for ENG 230X, especially if you try to do so before taking ENG 3300. The English Department will waive the 1304 prerequisite for students planning to take 3300, but you must request permission to do so.

 


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