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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.

If you are an undeclared major you will need to work with Academic Advising and possibly the Chemistry Department to determine your course of study. If you have declared a major within the Chemistry Department, you will need to work with your assigned faculty advisor.

Information for Transfer Students

If you are obtaining an AAOT degree or 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 following coursework/coursework-equivalents as possible prior to entering the WOU program:

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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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