Chemistry Major

7031
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
2017-2018 Catalog
Major Code: 7031 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

The bachelor's degree in Chemistry - General Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. The general chemistry major prepares the graduate for the many diverse career opportunities available to the chemist in government, private industry and academia.

The general chemistry major is similar to the research chemistry major but with greater flexibility for the addition of electives during the senior year. It also provides excellent preparation for professional or graduate schools, or for a career in industry.

Admission Requirements

Students intending to apply for admission to study for a bachelor's degree in general chemistry should complete at least one year each of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Prospective students should also have at least three years of high school mathematics, including second-year algebra and trigonometry.

Florida Tech has articulation agreements with many of the community colleges in Florida. Students contemplating transfer to Florida Tech should consult with their counselors to determine transferability of community college credits. If there is a question regarding specific courses needed, the department head should be contacted.

Degree Requirements

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - General Chemistry must complete the minimum course requirements as indicated. Deviation from the recommended program can be made only with the approval of the student's advisor and the concurrence of the department head.

Because the subject matter in general chemistry forms a critically important foundation for all of the advanced chemistry courses, both CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1 and CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2 must be passed with grades of at least C before taking any other chemistry courses.

Freshman Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • BUS 1301 Basic Economics
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces basic macro- and microeconomic concepts. Includes the economic role of government, business and individuals. Seeks to acquaint the student with sufficient material to understand major concepts and terminology used in our economy and the global community.

    Requirement(s):
    College of Business majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CHM 1101 General Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Covers fundamental principles of modern chemistry, including stoichiometry, properties of gases, liquids and solids, thermochemistry, atomic structure, properties of solutions and equilibrium. Includes lab component.

    Prerequisite:

    CSE 1400  or MTH 1000  or MTH 1001  or MTH 1002 or MTH 1010 or MTH 1020 or MTH 1603  or MTH 1701  or MTH 1702  or MTH 2001  or MTH 2051  or MTH 2201  or MTH 1011 , MTH 1012 

  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3

    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 0100 or COM 0110 or WRI 0100 or WRI 0110 

    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1

    Assists new incoming students during their initial academic and social transitions to the university. Aims to promote student success by providing information about campus and academic resources, and encouraging participation in the classroom and in the campus community.

  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    or MTH 1010 Mathematical Analysis 1 
    Credit Hours: 4

    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1000, MTH 1012

    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 1102 General Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Continues CHM 1101. Covers acids and bases, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive chemistry of metals and nonmetals, coordination chemistry, nuclear chemistry. Introduces organic chemistry. Includes lab component.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1101, MTH 1011 or MTH 1701 or MTH 1000 or MTH 1001 or MTH 1010 

  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3

    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1001 or COM 1101 

  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    or MTH 1020 Mathematical Analysis 2 
    Credit Hours: 4

    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1001 or MTH 1010 

  • PHY 1001 Physics 1
    Credit Hours: 4

    Includes vectors; mechanics of particles; Newton's laws of motion; work, energy and power; impulse and momentum; conservation laws; mechanics of rigid bodies, rotation, equilibrium; fluids, heat and thermodynamics; and periodic motion.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1001 or MTH 1010, MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

  • PHY 2091 Physics Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 1

    Experiments to elucidate concepts and relationships presented in PHY 1001, to develop understanding of the inductive approach and the significance of a physical measurement, and to provide some practice in experimental techniques and methods.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001

Sophomore Year
Fall (17 credit hours)
  • CHM 2001 Organic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1102

  • CHM 2011 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2

    Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2001

  • CHM 3301 Analytical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Focuses on the principles of modern analytical methods. Includes chemical separation and quantitative measurements, important equilibrium considerations and the treatment of experimental data.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 1102

  • CHM 3311 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2

    Students conduct experiments in quantitative analytical techniques.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3301

  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • MTH 2001 Calculus 3
    Credit Hours: 4

    Cylindrical and spherical coordinates, vectors, functions of several variables, partial derivatives and extrema, multiple integral, vector integral calculus.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 2002 Organic Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Studies the fundamentals of structure and reaction mechanisms. Includes a review of bonding, preparations and reactions of organic substances.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2001

  • CHM 2012 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2

    Continues CHM 2011. Introduces organic chemistry techniques for lab operations. Includes preparation, reaction and analysis of organic compounds.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2002, CHM 2011

  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3

    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • PHY 2002 Physics 2
    Credit Hours: 4

    Includes electricity and magnetism, Coulomb's law, electric fields, potential capacitance, resistance, DC circuits, magnetic fields, fields due to currents, induction, magnetic properties; and wave motion, vibration and sound, interference and diffraction.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 1001

  • PHY 2092 Physics Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 1

    Continues PHY 2091. Includes experiments pertaining to PHY 2002.

    Prerequisite:

    PHY 2091, PHY 2002

  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
Junior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 3001 Physical Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes fundamental principles of chemical phenomena; thermodynamics, equilibria and states of matter; and chemical kinetics.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2001, MTH 2001, PHY 2002 

  • CHM 3011 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
    Credit Hours: 2

    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in CHM 3001.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2011, CHM 3001

  • COM 2012 Research Sources and Systems
    Credit Hours: 1

    Acquaints students with a variety of library services, sources and systems. Emphasizes research strategies and tools useful in each student's field of study, as well as the use of print, Internet and other electronic resources.

    Prerequisite:

    COM 1102 

  • MTH 2201 Differential Equations/Linear Algebra
    Credit Hours: 4

    First-order differential equations, linear differential equations with constant coefficients, first-order systems of differential equations with constant coefficients, numerical methods, Laplace transforms, series solutions, algebraic systems of equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.

    Prerequisite:

    MTH 1002 or MTH 1020 

  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • CHM 3002 Physical Chemistry 2
    Credit Hours: 3

    Continues CHM 3001. Includes chemical dynamics, quantum mechanics, atomic structures, chemical bonding and spectroscopy.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3001

  • CHM 3012 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
    Credit Hours: 2

    Experiments illustrating the principles and techniques of physical chemistry studied in CHM 3002.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3002, CHM 3011

  • CHM 3302 Analytical Chemistry 2: Instrumentation
    Credit Hours: 3

    Principles of modern chemical instrumentation, focusing on spectroscopy.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2002CHM 3001,  CHM 3301 

  • CHM 3312 Analytical Chemistry 2: Instrumentation Laboratory
    Credit Hours: 2

    Quantitative and instrumental analysis techniques to accompany CHM 3302.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3311, CHM 3302 

  • Social Science Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • CHM 4001 Inorganic Chemistry 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Covers basic theoretical concepts of inorganic chemistry as related to elementary structure and bonding, stressing representative elements; and donor-acceptor concepts, symmetry and group theory. Introduces transition metal chemistry.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3002

  • CHM 4800 Undergraduate Research 1
    Credit Hours: 3

    Senior research conducted under the direct supervision of a chemistry department faculty member.

    Requirement(s):
    Department head approval
  • CHM 4900 Chemistry Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0

    Presents topics of current chemical research interest by students, faculty and distinguished visiting scientists.

  • Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (CHM) Credit Hours: 6
Spring (14 credit hours)
  • CHM 4611 Advanced Laboratory Techniques 1
    Credit Hours: 2

    Studies advanced lab techniques. Emphasizes analytical and inorganic methodology.

  • CHM 4900 Chemistry Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0

    Presents topics of current chemical research interest by students, faculty and distinguished visiting scientists.

  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Electives (CHM) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 6
Total Credits Required: 125

The technical electives are selected in consultation with the student's advisor.

Restricted Electives
  • CHM 4002 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes structure and stability in coordination chemistry, spectroscopy of transition metal compounds; descriptive transition metal chemistry and reactions of metal compounds; and lanthanides and actinides. Introduces bioinorganic chemistry.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 4001

  • CHM 4111 Advanced Physical Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3

    Selected topics in physical chemistry. Includes statistical mechanics and molecular modeling.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3002

  • CHM 4304 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3

    Includes electrode processes, thermodynamic and kinetic considerations, electrochemical methods and recent research articles.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3002, CHM 3302

  • CHM 4500 Advanced Organic Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3

    Fundamentals of physical organic chemistry. Includes stereochemistry and structure, methods of mechanistic elucidation and selected mechanistic descriptions.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 2002CHM 3001 

  • CHM 4550 Polymer Chemistry
    Credit Hours: 3

    Introduces classes of polymers, their general patterns of behavior, polymer synthesis, physics of the solid state, polymer characterization, polymer rheology and polymer processing.

    Prerequisite:

    CHM 3002

Humanities Core Courses