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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY (CHEM, BCHM)

College of Computer, Mathematical & Natural Sciences
0107H Chemistry Building, 301-405-1788
www.chem.umd.edu
Student Information: 1206 Chem Bldg; 301-405-1791
Chair: J. Reutt-Robey
Professors: M. Alexander, D. Beckett, N. Blough, J. Davis, P. DeShong, M. Doyle, 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, R. Salawitch, L. Sita, D. Thirumalai, A. Vedernikov, W. Walters, J. Weeks, M. Zachariah
Associate Professors: T. Dayie, D. Julin, J. Kahn, C. Lee, G. Papoian, H. Sintim
Assistant Professors: N. LaRonde-LeBlanc, S. Li, Z. Nie, P. Paukstelis, E. Rodriguez, Y. Wang
Lecturers: C. Capp, B. Dixon, L. Friedman, J. Houck, I. Kipnis, M. Montague-Smith, 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: J. Capala, P. Dagdigian, B. Gerratana, L. Locascio, J. Marino, E. Mazzola, L. Morss, S. Rokita
Professors Emeriti: J. Bellama, A. Boyd, 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 Major

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).  Students must complete a series of gateway courses (CHEM231/232, MATH141, ENGL101 and BSCI105) prior to applying to the program.  Information is available at:  http://cmns.umd.edu/undergraduate/admissions/how-apply

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.

Chemistry Majors

All required chemistry and biochemistry courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C-".  Required supporting courses, including BSCI105, must be passed with a 2.0 grade point average.

    Credits
 Required Courses  
CHEM146/177Principles of General Chemistry / Introduction to Laboratory Practices and Research in the Chemical Sciences 5
CHEM237Principles of Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM247Principles of Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM276/277General Chemistry and Energetics(Majors) / Lab 5
CHEM395Professional Issues in Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
CHEM425Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4
CHEM481/483Physical Chemistry I / Lab 5
ENGL101Introduction to Writing 3
UNIV100The Student in the University 1
   
 Supporting Courses 
BSCI105Principles of Biology I 4
PHYS141/142Principles of Physics 8
MATH140Calculus I 4
MATH141Calculus II 4
  NOTE:  All majors and potential majors are encouraged to take MATH241-Calculus III (4) prior to beginning Physical Chemistry.
   
 Departmental Requirements 
 Lower level courses 18
 Supporting courses 20
 Upper level courses 24
 must include:  
CHEM401Inorganic Chemistry 3
CHEM482/484Physical Chemistry II / Lab 5
ELECT ULapproved upper level CHEM/BCHM courses 6

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.

Biochemistry Majors

All required chemistry, biochemistry, and upper-level biological sciences courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C-".  Required supporting courses, including BSCI105, must be passed with a 2.0 grade point average.

    Credits
 Required Courses  
CHEM146/177Principles of General Chemistry / Introduction to Laboratory Practices and Research in the Chemical Sciences 5
CHEM237Principles of Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM247Principles of Organic Chemistry II 4
CHEM276/277General Chemistry and Energetics - Majors / Lab 5
CHEM395Professional Issues in Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
CHEM425Instrumental Methods of Analysis 4
CHEM481/483Physical Chemistry I / Lab 5
ENGL101Introduction to Writing 3
UNIV100The Student in the University 1
   
 Supporting Courses 
BSCI105Principles of Biology I 4
PHYS141/142Principles of Physics 8
MATH140Calculus I 4
MATH141Calculus II 4
  NOTE: All majors and potential majors are encouraged to take MATH241-Calculus III (4) prior to beginning Physical Chemistry.
   
 Departmental Requirements 
 Lower level courses 18
 Supporting courses 20
 Upper level courses 25
 must include:  
BCHM461Biochemistry I 3
BCHM462Biochemistry II 3
BCHM464Biochemistry Laboratory 3
BCHM465Biochemistry III 3
BCHM485Physical Biochemistry 3
 approved biological science courses 6

* 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.

Advising

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

Honors Program

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. Michael Montague-Smith is the faculty advisor (Room 1206 Chemistry Building, 301-405-1791).

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 biochmistry 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 .

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