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About the Program

Chemistry is the study of matter, the material of the universe and its changes. A knowledge of chemical principles provides the groundwork for the intellectual consideration of the effect of chemistry on society.

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Western's chemistry department offers degree programs that are designed to prepare students for (1) professional programs including medical school and pharmacy programs, (2) careers as laboratory or forensic chemists, (3) or graduate study in pure or applied chemistry. Combining a chemistry major with an appropriate minor prepares students for careers in fields such as biochemistry, oceanography, toxicology and in environmental and atmospheric science. You may choose from one of five degree tracks listed above to obtain an education focused on chemistry. Please click on the links above to see more detail about the individual track requirements.

Degree requirements, class descriptions and availability

Your degree requirements are determined by the year that you entered WOU. Please be sure to meet with a Chemistry advisor to be sure that you are taking the correct coursework for your degree plan. The Chemistry Department has several exciting degree options that you can pursue, each having specific coursework. In addition a number of our courses are offered every other year and/or require prerequisite coursework before they can be completed. The Chemistry Department has put together the Table 1, below, to help you navigate through the system and prepare when you need to take specific classes. However, the table should not take the place of meeting with your Chemistry Advisor. Please be sure that you meet frequently with your advisor to make sure that you stay on track for your desired graduation date.

Table 1: WOU Chemistry Courses that are Offered in Alternating Years

Course    When is it Offered?*    What are the Prerequisites?   
CH161 Photography for Forensics    Odd Years; Fall Term    Consent of Instructor   
CH310 Environmental Geochem    Even Years; Winter Term    CH223, or ES201, or ES202, or consent of instructor   
CH322 Med Chem and Pharm    Odd Years; Winter Term    CH104-106, or CH334 and BI102, or CH334 and BI211 or consent of instructor   
CH340 Elementary Physical Chem    Odd Years; Spring Term    CH223 and PH203 or PH213, or consent of instructor   
CH345 Intro to Toxicology    Even Year; Fall Term    CH104-106, or CH334 and BI102, or CH334 and BI211 or consent of instructor   
CH347 BIochemistry of CAM    Odd Years; Spring Term    CH104-106, or CH334 and BI102, or CH334 and BI211 or consent of instructor   
CH354 Computational Chem    Odd Years; Winter Term    two years of college chemistry or consent of instructor   
CH360 Nuclear Chem    Odd Years; Fall Term    CH223 and PH213, or consent of instructor   
CH361 Energy, Resources and the Environment    Odd Years; Winter Term    no prerequisites   
CH371 Environmental Chemistry    Odd Years; Fall Term    CH104-106, or consent of instructor   
CH411 Advanced Inorganic Chem    Even Years; Winter Term    CH223, MTH252, and PH213 or consent of instructor   
CH412 Inorganic Chemistry of the Environment    Even Years; Fall Term    CH223, MTH252, and PH213 or consent of instructor   
CH420 Forensic Lab Techniques and Documentation    Even Years,;Winter Term    CH313 or consent of instructor   
CH440, 441, 442 Physical Chem    Even Years; Fall, Wtr, Spring    CH223, MTH254, and PH213 (must be taken sequentially)   
CH445 Toxicology Lab    Even Years; Spring Term    CH345 or CH338, or consent of instructor   
CH452 Biochemistry Lab    Odd Years; Spring Term    CH336, CH450, MTH251 or consent of instructor   
CH461, 462, 463 Experimental Chemistry    Even Years; Fall, Wtr, Spring    CH313, CH350, CH440 or consent of instructor   

*even and odd designations refer to the fall term calendar year (example: Fall 2013-Winter 2014-Spring 2014 is an odd calendar year)

Information for Transfer Students

If you are completing coursework at another University or Community College and are preparing to transfer to WOU and major in Chemistry, we suggest completing as much of the coursework/coursework-equivalents listed below as possible prior to entering the WOU program (even if this means that you cannot finish a traditional AAOT Degree) It is better to have these prerequisite classes completed prior to transfer so that you don't get stuck taking more coursework than you need and spending extra years in college.

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For All Chemistry Track Options:

MATH
• MTH 111 – College Algebra (4)
• MTH 112 Elementary Functions (4)
• MTH 251 Calculus I (5)
• MTH 252 Calculus II (5)

CHEMISTRY
• CH221-CH223 General Chemistry Series + Lab (15)

Additional Track-Specific Coursework:

(1) For the Traditional Chemistry Degree Track

.MATH
• MTH 254 Multivariate Calculus (5)

PHYSICS
• PH211-213 General Physics with Calculus Series (12)

(2) For the Forensic Chemistry Degree Track

.MATH
• MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics(4)

PHYSICS
• PH201-203 General Physics or PH211-213 General Physics with Calculus Series (12)

BIOLOGY
• BI211 Principles of Biology (Cell and Genetics focus) (5)

(3) For the Medicinal Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry Degree Tracks

.MATH
• MTH 243 Introduction to Probability and Statistics(4)

PHYSICS
• PH201-203 General Physics or PH211-213 General Physics with Calculus Series (12)

BIOLOGY
• BI211-213 Principles of Biology Series (15)

(4) For the Natural Science Degree Track

PHYSICS
• PH211-213 General Physics with Calculus Series (12)

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Contact

Department of Chemistry (503) 838-8207 | or e-mail: courtna@wou.edu

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