Undergraduate Course Catalog 2007-2008

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The Chemistry program prepares students for professional work, graduate work or teaching in chemistry, biochemistry, materials science and environmental science. In view of the diversity of goals students bring to the study of chemistry or biochemistry, the department offers both the bachelor of arts and the bachelor of science degrees. The B.A. degree is recommended primarily for students who plan to enter fields related to chemistry or biochemistry, for which additional graduate work is not required. Students should realize that additional coursework may be needed to prepare them adequately to achieve their goals. The B.S. degree is recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate study in chemistry or biochemistry.

A chemistry or biochemistry major can also be used for preparation for medical school, dental school, veterinary medicine school or any of the other professional health sciences. A career at any forensic laboratory is also available to qualified students upon graduation.

It should be noted that the department cosponsors a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in chemistry.

All majors in programs sponsored by the Chemistry Department must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as a GPA of 2.75 in Chemistry or be dropped from the department.  All transfer students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as a minimum GPA of 2.75 in Chemistry.  All students, whether majors in programs sponsored by the Chemistry Department or majors outside the department, may take a Chemistry class only twice at Lewis University.  If a student has not achieved a minimum of a C after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class at Lewis.

Majors in various Department of Chemistry programs may wish to take a minor in Marketing for Science Majors.