Chemistry and Biochemistry (Standard Option), B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 33-34

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B170

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of Arts & Sciences Requirements
  • A grade of C or better must be earned in each Chemistry course presented for major credit.  No grade below a C made in Chemistry courses at the upper-division level may be made up elsewhere without prior written approval by the OU Chemistry Department.
  • The introductory courses (CHEM 1315CHEM 1335CHEM 1415CHEM 1425, & CHEM 1435) do not count towards the 33-34 required major hours.
Chemistry
General Chemistry
General Chemistry I: Signature Course
Choose one of the following:
General Chemistry (Continued)
Advanced General Chemistry (HONORS)
General Chemistry II: Signature Course
CHEM 3064Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 3164Organic Chemistry II4
CHEM 3005Quantitative Analysis5
CHEM 3421
CHEM 3423
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
and Physical Chemistry I
4
CHEM 3521
CHEM 3523
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
and Physical Chemistry II
4
CHEM 3653Introduction to Biochemistry3
CHEM 4023Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis3
CHEM 4033Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory3-4
or CHEM 4444 Advanced Synthesis and Spectral Characterization
Choose 3 hours from the following:3
Introduction to Biochemical Methods
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry-Periodic System
Principles of Biochemistry I
Special Topics/Seminar
Total Credit Hours33-34

Major Support Requirements

Math
Choose one of the following:6-8
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
and Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
Differential and Integral Calculus I
and Differential and Integral Calculus II
Physics
Choose one of the following:8
General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
and General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
and General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
Total Credit Hours14-16

General Education and College Requirements

Courses graded P/NP will not apply

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/courses.

University-Wide General Education (minimum 40 hours) and College Requirements

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Arts and Sciences, and Chemistry and Biochemistry major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1315
General Chemistry
or General Chemistry I: Signature Course
5
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH 1823
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (Core I)
or Differential and Integral Calculus I
3-4
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
Choose one of the following: 5
General Chemistry (Continued)  
Advanced General Chemistry (HONORS)  
General Chemistry II: Signature Course  
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
MATH 2423
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
or Differential and Integral Calculus II
3-4
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
CHEM 3064 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHYS 2514
General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
or General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
4
Biological Science without lab (Core II) 3
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CHEM 3005 Quantitative Analysis 5
CHEM 3164 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHYS 2524
General Physics for Engineering and Science Majors
or General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors
4
World Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior
First Semester
CHEM 3421 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 3423 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 4023 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Western Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CHEM 3521 Physical Chemistry Laboratory 1
CHEM 3523 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 4033 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory 3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
CHEM 3653 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
CHEM 4333 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry-Periodic System 3
Intermediate Language 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
Social Science (Core III) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 1
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours120