The Chemistry program is housed in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. The Department teaches courses for virtually every major in the college; however, the number of students majoring in chemistry is relatively small, but growing.
Students planning to pursue a major or minor in Chemistry at Coastal should complete high school courses in algebra, trigonometry, analytical geometry and physics in addition to chemistry courses.
Chemistry at Coastal Carolina University touches all fields of science. A typical Coastal Carolina chemistry major will have also earned a major or minor in mathematics, biology, physics or marine science by graduation. This list is not inclusive, but it is representative. A Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Coastal Carolina will provide the preparation needed for professional or graduate study or a career. Supportive faculty offer opportunities for advanced work in all classical areas of chemistry, chemical education, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.
The Major Requirements for a Chemistry degree allow some flexibility depending upon the interests of the student. The Chemistry major provides a good foundation for Careers in industry, medicine, forensics, government, teaching, manufacturing, research and development, quality control, and environmental quality.
In addition to the courses, all of the students majoring in Chemistry are required to a conduct a research project with a faculty member. Students are strongly encouraged to get involved in research as early as possible. The department has a wide range of instrumentation available for students to use in their classes as well as on research projects.
Students must earn a C or better in all Major Courses.
Chemistry is the science of all matter and its changes, and is therefore intimately linked to all the natural and applied sciences. Chemists work in diverse scientifi c, medical and engineering fields, so the curriculum of the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry includes opportunities to take specialized coursework in biochemistry, environmental chemistry and other areas in addition to advanced courses in inorganic, organic, physical, and analytical chemistry. Students with specific career objectives should choose advanced coursework in consultation with their advisers. All majors are required to participate in one semester of faculty-directed laboratory research, and additional research experience is strongly encouraged.
Students who graduate with a B.S. in chemistry are expected to be able to:
- Comprehend the fundamental principles underlying all chemical processes.
- Apply the broad and rapidly expanding body of chemical knowledge.
- Analyze and critique specific information in the chemical literature.
- Design experiments and collect information related to chemical phenomena.
- Interpret and evaluate information obtained in experiments in terms of current chemical theory and concepts.
- Communicate orally and in writing specific information obtained in experiments and the interpretation of experimental results.
The following links provide useful information about obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. The information can also be found in the University Catalog.
Brett K. Simpson