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School of Arts and Sciences | Chemistry

Ursuline offers a major in Chemistry, as well as a Chemistry concentration in the Allied Health major. In addition, courses offered in the Chemistry Department provide essential components of the Biology, Nursing and Education majors and the Pre-professional Medicine Program.

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Aims and Objectives
A Unique partnership with Cleveland State University allows Ursuline College to offer a chemistry major with the best characteristics of both a small college and a large university. Addition of a few courses to the chemistry major core allows pre-medical students to prepare for entry into medical school. Chemistry provides students with an extensive knowledge base and the critical problem-solving skills, commitment to continued learning and thorough computer competency necessary to excel in many careers.

Ursuline also offers a minor in Chemistry, available to any major. In addition, courses offered in the Chemistry Department provide essential components of the Biology, Education and Nursing majors and the Pre-Professional Program.

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Chemistry Fact Sheet

Course Requirements for the chemistry major:
CH 105/L, CH 106/L, CH 221/L, CH 222/L, CH 422/L, PY 201/L, PY 202/L, MAT 221, MAT 222, MAT 223 and the following courses taken at Cleveland State University: CHM 320 (or higher), CHM 310 (or higher), and CHM 315 (or higher). Additionally students choose between CH 487 Undergraduate Research or CH 475 Academic Internship. 

Additional course work recommended for the individual who anticipates attending medical schools includes a year of biology: BI 200/L and BI 205/L.

Requirements for the chemistry minor:
Successful completion of 20 credit hours including CH 105 and 105L, CH 106 and 106L, CH 221 and 221L, CH 222 and 222L, and an upper-division elective. Half of the credits for the minor must be taken at Ursuline.

Departmental Policy:
Prior to participation in any chemistry laboratory students must attend a safety training session, normally given during the first week of the lab schedules and must agree to follow the departmental safety policy.

To be recommended for graduation in the Department’s degree program, a student must earn a grade of at least C in any course from the major discipline that is to fulfill the degree requirement. No required science or math course may be taken on a Pass/No Credit basis. No required courses for the major may be taken at another institution without written approval by the Chemistry Department Chair.

All students majoring in chemistry will undergo a review by department faculty at the completion of their sophomore level. Students must successfully complete the sophomore review in order to be accepted into the Department’s program and continue their studies in the Department. This review ensures that students initiate personal assessments of academic and career goals through a dialogue with the Chemistry faculty. This also provides an opportunity for faculty and students to dialog on current interests and summer research opportunities. Students eligible for Sophomore Review must have sophomore standing and must have completed (or be in the process of completing) Organic Chemistry II and Physics II. Acceptance is based on the following criteria: (1) a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 in courses taken in the major concentration, (2) a minimum overall College GPA of 2.5, and (3) professional conduct of the student. If a student does not pass the sophomore review, the student will not be allowed to enroll in any further courses required for the program administered by the Department.