Bachelor of Science in Chemistry - Polymer Option
The School of Chemistry and Biochemistry has a vibrant program of study leading to a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students to study fundamental areas of chemistry while tailoring their degree with technical and free electives to produce a well-rounded experience in preparation for a variety of career opportunities. Students may pursue tailored tracks towards the BS in Chemistry, including those allowing specialization in: pre-health science, biochemistry, business, polymers, and materials options. There are also tremendous opportunities to gain valuable research experience in state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition to coursework requirements, students in the program often participate in a variety of experiential programs, including: undergraduate research, Cooperative work, study abroad, summer internship, and serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant.
Faculty in the school are committed to undergraduate education and several have won awards for excellence in teaching. With a faculty to student ratio of approximately 1:6, the School prides itself on the close contact that it maintains with its undergraduate students. The high quality of the curriculum and faculty is part of the reason chemistry graduates receive job offers at the highest salary levels for BS chemists. Graduates of the BS in Chemistry pursue careers such diverse field as forensics, environmental science, nanoscience, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals in industry or governmental organizations; or they may continue their education in the chemical or biological sciences, or in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and law. Chemistry, especially with the biochemistry option (or the stand-alone BS in Biochemistry degree) is a superb preparation for medical school.
|APPH 1040||Sci Foundation of Health||2|
|or APPH 1050||Sci of Phys Act & Health|
|Core A - Essential Skills|
|ENGL 1101||English Composition I||3|
|ENGL 1102||English Composition II||3|
|MATH 1552||Integral Calculus||4|
|Core B - Institutional Options|
|CS 1301||Intro to Computing||3|
|or CS 1315||Intro Media Computation|
|or CS 1371||Computing for Engineers|
|Core C - Humanities|
|Core D - Science, Math, & Technology|
|PHYS 2211||Intro Physics I||4|
|PHYS 2212||Intro Physics II||4|
|MATH 1551||Differential Calculus||2|
|MATH 1553||Intro to Linear Algebra 5||2|
|Core E - Social Sciences|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|United States to 1877|
|United States since 1877|
|Government of the U.S.|
|US Constitutional Issues|
|Core F - Courses Related to Major|
|CHEM 1211K||Chemical Principles I||4|
|CHEM 1212K||Chemical Principles II||4|
|CHEM 2380||Synthesis Lab I||2|
|MATH 2551||Multivariable Calculus||4|
|BIOL 1510||Biological Principles||4|
|CHEM 2214||Quantitative Analysis||4|
|CHEM 2311||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 2312||Organic Chemistry II||3|
|or CHEM 2313||Organic/Bioorganic Chem|
|CHEM 3111||Inorganic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 3211||Analytical Chemistry||5|
|CHEM 3380||Synthesis Lab II||3|
|CHEM 3411||Physical Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 3412||Physical Chemistry II||3|
|CHEM 3481||Physical Chem Lab I||2|
|Research Experience 2||2|
|Co-op Work Assignment|
|CHEM 3511||Survey of Biochemistry||3|
|or CHEM 4511||Biochemistry I|
|or CHEM 4512||Biochemistry II|
|CHEM 4775||Polymer Science & Engr I||3|
|CHEM 4776||Polymer Science& Engr II||3|
|Select one of the following: 3||3|
|Physical Chem Lab II|
|Adv Organic Chem|
|Solid State Chemistry|
|Biochemistry Lab I|
|3000-level Technical Electives 1,3||3|
|Free Electives 3,4||13|
|Total Credit Hours||122|
Pass-fail only allowed for Free Electives.
Must be a 3000-level course from CHBE or MSE.
Courses may be applied toward completion of a minor.
VIP courses may be used only as free electives.
The BS in Chemistry (International Plan) and BS in biochemistry (International Plan) are offered to undergraduate students seeking to understand their majors in a global perspective. Students in this program must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language; complete coursework in a country/regional elective, international relations, and global economics; and participate study or research abroad experience (usually in the junior year). While abroad, students are required to complete a supervised research experience with a faculty member in chemistry or biochemistry at the host institution. Upon successful completion of degree requirements for the International Plan, a "International Plan" designator is indicated on the diploma. If interested in participating in the International Plan as part of the BS in Chemistry or BS in Biochemistry, students should visit: www.internationalplan.gatech.edu.
The BS in Chemistry (Research Option) and BS in Biochemistry (Research Option) are offered for students who wish to participate in a research problem under the supervision of one of the fifty members of faculty and adjunct faculty in the School. Participants in the Research Option learn how to address a research problem from experiment design and execution to interpretation of results. There is an expectation that undergraduates who contribute to completed studies will be co-authors on submissions to high-quality scholarly journals. Research projects are available in the traditional areas of chemistry (analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, physical, and polymer chemistry) as well as highly interdisciplinary research areas, such as nanochemistry, polymer and materials chemistry, environmental chemistry and sensors, medicinal chemistry, molecular biophysics, and computational chemistry.
To participate in the Research Option in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, students should find a research project with a faculty member in the department and apply online via www.undergradresearch.gatech.edu. Successful completion of the Research Option requires the following:
|Select one of the following Research Options: 1||9|
|LMC 4701||US Rsch Proposal Writing (complete during the first or second semester of research) 2||1|
|LMC 4702||US Rsch Thesis Writing (take during the term in which students complete their thesis) 3||1|
|Total Credit Hours||11|
supervised research with a chemistry or biochemistry faculty over three or more semesters
approval of this proposal on project by a committee of two or more faculty
submission of an approved thesis
Successful completion of the Research Option is noted on the student's transcript. Students completing this degree may pursue graduate studies in the chemical or biological sciences or research careers in industrial or governmental laboratories.