Environmental Chemistry Degree

Bachelor's of Science
Suggested Program of Study

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule (program map). The milestones listed below each year are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. A sample schedule is provided as a general guideline to help you build a schedule each term. Your courses must be selected with your academic advisor to satisfy all core curriculum and other requirements. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for the most current curriculum. View a course checklist. One of your electives should be an environmental-themed social science or humanities course such as PHIL 3180 or PHIL 3640.

Year 1

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 1211 and 1211L 4
CHEM 1210 (take fall or spring) 1
MATH 1113 or 1112 3
ENGL 1101 3
POLS 1101 3
Total hours 14
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 1212 and 1212L 4
MATH 2261 4
ENGL 1102 3
HIST 2111 or 2112 3
Total hours 14

Milestones: Complete Principles of Chemistry sequence and legislative course requirements. Students registering for CHEM 1200 should complete the Chemistry Placement Test to see if they qualify for CHEM 1211. Completing CHEM 1200 may be necessary but it will delay enrollment in all subsequent chemistry classes. GPA should be 2.0 or higher. Complete 6 hours of a modern foreign language through Core or Elective courses. We strongly suggest that you join the VSU chapter of the American Chemical Society (SMACS). Mathematics helps us understand chemistry so students should begin CHEM 1211 with a good foundation of college algebra and trig. Students placed in MATH 1111 or 1112 should try to complete MATH 1113 (Precalculus) and Calculus I and II sequence as soon as possible. Calculus I and II are pre-requisites for Physical Chemistry.

Year 2

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 3401 4
CHEM 2210 (take fall or spring) 1
MATH 2262 4
CHEM 2310 4
Core or Elective 3
Total hours 16
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 3402 4
BIOL 1107/1107L 4
Core or Elective 7
Total hours 15

Milestones: GPA should be 2.0 or higher. Complete MATH and ENGL, and Organic Chemistry requirements. We strongly suggest that you explore research (CHEM 4910), internship (CHEM 4800), and other opportunities that will prepare you for a career in chemistry.

Year 3

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 3601 3
BIOL 1108/1108L, or Science or Math Elective 2000 or higher 4
PHYS 1111K or 2211K 4
CHEM 3510 4
Total hours 15
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 3601L 2
PHYS 1112K or 2212K 4
GEOL 3010 3
Core or Elective 6
Total hours 15

Milestones: GPA should be 2.0 or higher. Complete Physics and Biochemistry requirements. We strongly suggest that you explore summer research, internship, and other opportunities. By spring of your junior year, you should decide if you want to pursue a minor in another subject. Submit your graduation application. Visit the Office of Career Opportunities and begin planning for life after VSU. Electives depend on your career goals. You should discuss this with your faculty mentor. Electives must be chosen to give 39 total upper-division hours.

Year 4

Fall Hrs.
CHEM 3801 or upper-division Science or Math Elective 4
Upper division electives 9
CHEM 3320 3
Total hours 16
Spring Hrs.
CHEM 3802 or upper-division Science or Math Elective 4
CHEM 4210 1
CHEM 4310 4
Core or Electives 6
Total hours 15

Milestones: GPA should be 2.0 or higher. By the spring of your senior year, you should: (1) compete applications for graduate study or professional school, if required for your career plans, (2) contact professors to write letters of reference for you, and (3) prepare a professional resume. Apply for graduation one semester before anticipated graduation date.