CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY (CHEM, BCHM)College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
0107H Chemistry Building, 301-405-1788
Chair: J. Reutt-Robey
Professors: M. Alexander, D. Beckett, N. Blough, J. Davis, P. DeShong, B. Eichhorn, D. Falvey, C. Fenselau, J. Fourkas, D. Fushman, O. Herzberg, L. Isaacs, C. Jarzynski, S. Lee, G. Lorimer, A. Mignerey, A. Mullin, J. Ondov, J. Orban, G. Papoian, R. Salawitch, L. Sita, A. Vedernikov, W. Walters, L. Wang, J. Weeks, M. Zachariah
Associate Professors: T. Dayie, D. Julin, J. Kahn, N. LaRonde-LeBlanc, C. Lee, Y. Wang
Assistant Professors: Z. Nie, P. Paukstelis, E. Rodriguez
Senior Lecturer: B. Dixon, M. Montague-Smith
Lecturers: C. Addei-Maanu, C. Capp, L. Friedman, E. Griffith, M. Koppel, L. Stocker, E. Stone, B. Walters, N. White
Affiliate Professors: N. Allewell, M. Colombini, R. Dickerson, J. Dinman, W. McDonough, S. Raghavan, E. Williams, W. Winkler
Adjunct Professors: P. Dagdigian, M. Doyle, L. Locascio, J. Marino, E. Mazzola, B. Nikoobakht, S. Rokita
Associate Research Scientist: K. Gaskell
Assistant Research Scientist: R. Singh
Assistant Research Professor: J. Klos
Professors Emeriti: J. Bellama, H. DeVoe, D. Freeman, S. Greer, S. Grim, J. Hansen, G. Helz, J. Huheey, B. Jarvis, P. Mazzocchi, G. Miller, T. O'Haver, J. Tossell
The study of molecular and atomic properties and interactions that encompass Chemistry and Biochemistry are central to many scientific disciplines including biology, geology, astronomy, environmental science, materials science and numerous others. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors continue to graduate or professional school, and obtain employment as educators and technical scientists. Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms: BCHM, CHEM
Admission to the Major
Chemistry and Biochemistry are part of a Limited Enrollment program (LEP) within the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS). Current UMCP students who wish to declare in CHEM or BCHM must complete a series of gateway courses (CHEM146/177 (or CHEM131/132), CHEM237 (or CHEM231/232), and MATH140 and MATH141) prior to applying to the program. Information is available at: www.lep.umd.edu .
Placement in Courses
Enrollment in CHEM131/132 or CHEM146/177 requires placement in calculus (MATH120 or MATH220 or MATH130 or MATH140).
Requirements for the Major
Note: The lower-level courses offered by the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry changed starting in the Fall 2013 semester. The lower-level requirements for chemistry and biochemistry majors are reflected in the requirements listed below. For details, contact the Undergraduate Office or visit the undergraduate section of the Department's website.
All required chemistry and biochemistry courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C-". Required supporting courses, including BSCI170&171, must be passed with a 2.0 grade point average.
In order to meet requirements for a degree approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS), students must complete a specific set of courses in addition to this curriculum. Information about ACS certification can be obtained in the undergraduate office.
All required chemistry, biochemistry, and upper-level biological sciences courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C-". Required supporting courses, including BSCI170&171, must be passed with a 2.0 grade point average.
* Specific information about course requirements can be obtained in the undergraduate office.
* Students who enroll in the chemistry or biochemistry program at any time following the first semester of study typically will complete all or part of the non-majors introductory sequence (CHEM131,132, 231/232, 241/242 and 271/272; CHEM132, 232, 242 and 272 are co-requisite laboratory courses). In this situation, completion of an additional approved upper level CHEM or BCHM course may be required to fulfill the lower-level departmental major requirements. Transfer students who wish to pursue chemistry or biochemistry majors will have their previous chemistry course work carefully evaluated for placement in the appropriate courses.
Other Requirements for the Major
Information about and requirements of the CHEM and BCHM majors can be found at: www.chem.umd.edu/undergraduateprogram/currentstudents/program-information-for-chemistry-and-biochemistry-majors/ .
There is mandatory advising for all Chemistry and Biochemistry majors each semester. Advising appointments can be made by contacting the undergraduate office, 1206 Chemistry Building, 301-405-1791.
Students with a GPA of 3.0 or better who have completed at least two semesters of CHEM399 (Introduction to Chemical Research) have an opportunity to sign up for CHEM398 (Honors Research) in their senior year and be considered for departmental honors. After successful completion of a senior honors thesis and seminar, graduation with honors or with high honors in chemistry or biochemistry can be attained.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity is a professional fraternity which recruits men and women students from chemistry, biochemistry, and related science majors during each fall and spring semester. The fraternity holds weekly meetings and provides tutoring for students in lower-level chemistry courses. The office is in Room 2106A Chemistry Building. Dr. Joseph Houck is the faculty advisor (Room 1102 Chemistry Building, 301-405-9289).
The student affiliate program of the American Chemical Society (SA-ACS) is designed to introduce students in chemistry, biochemistry and related fields to a variety of professional activities. Student affiliates will gain skills and make contacts aimed at launching a successful career in science. Activities include networking and meeting with professionals, attending national meetings, and participating in public outreach programs. Affiliates also receive subscriptions to Chemical & Engineering News, the undergraduate career magazine, in Chemistry, as well as gaining on-line access to announcements regarding job and intern opportunities. The student affiliate office is located in Room 2112A of the Chemistry Building.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Department awards several scholarships to undergraduate majors with financial need and outstanding academic records, including the Isidore and Annie Adler Scholarship, the Leidy Foundation Scholarship, the G. Forrest Woods Scholarship, the James H. & Patricia H. Rich Scholarship, the Bruce Jarvis Scholarship, the Francesco Barone Scholarship, and the James Stewart Scholarship. Scholarship amounts are contingent on available funds and some may be divided among multiple awardees. Any given scholarship is not necessarily awarded every year. There is no application process; all declared chemistry and biochemistry majors are automatically reviewed annually by the Departmental Awards Committee. The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .