Professional Emphasis

The professional emphasis offers a well-rounded education in chemistry and provides a strong background for employment at the bachelor level or entry into graduate school. Completion of the professional emphasis leads to a degree certified by the American Chemical Society. We recommend that students start in the professional emphasis.

The following courses are required for the Professional Emphasis

1. General university degree requirements as identified in the General Academic Policies section of the catalog.

2. 26 semester credit hours of CHM core courses with a minimum grade of C in each:
CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
CHM 222 Quantitative Analysis
CHM 225 Instrumental Analysis I
CHM 245 Principles of Organic Chemistry I4
CHM 246 Principles of Organic Chemistry I Lab4
CHM 247 Principles of Organic Chemistry II4
CHM 248 Principles of Organic Chemistry II Lab4
CHM 391 Chemistry Seminar I3

3. A minimum 2.0 GPA in required cognate courses.

Transfer students must complete at least 12 credits in chemistry at Grand Valley.

4. Professional Emphasis:

CHM 356 Physical Chemistry I
CHM 353 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
CHM 358 Physical Chemistry II
CHM 355 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
CHM 372 Inorganic Chemistry Lab Techniques
CHM 461 Biochemistry I
CHM 471 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry1
CHM 491 Chemistry Seminar II3

One elective course from the following:

CHM 441 Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHM 442 Polymer Chemistry
CHM 463 Biochemistry II
CHM 473 Organometallic Chemistry

Upper-level chemistry lab courses including a total of 80 hours of lab time (lab hours listed in parentheses).

CHM 322 Environmental Chemical Analysis (42)
CHM 344 Qualitative Organic Analysis (42)
CHM 425 Instrumental Analysis II (28)
CHM 452 Advanced Synthetic Techniques (70)
CHM 455 Computational Physical Chemistry (28) - may substitute for CHM 355.
CHM 462 Techniques in Biochemistry (84)
CHM 499 Investigation Problems (84) - two credits of CHM 499 can be applied to satisfy the lab elective requirement.

And the following cognate courses:

MTH 201 Calculus I2
MTH 202 Calculus II (MTH 203 is recommended)
PHY 230 Principles of Physics I2
PHY 231 Principles of Physics II2

1Capstone course.
2Completion of MTH 201, PHY 230 and 231 satisfies the B.S. degree cognate for professional emphasis.
3 Required of all chemistry majors. Two semesters of seminar are required for one credit. Students should register for zero credit in their first semester and one credit in their second semester. CHM 391 is required only of students who take their junior year in chemistry at Grand Valley.
4CHM 241 and CHM 242 may substitute for CHM 245/246/247/248. However, students must also take CHM 249 plus upper-level chemistry electives that include a total of 28 lab-hours.

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