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Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry

Students may pursue the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts through the Department of Chemistry.
 
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS), emphasizes laboratory and independent research beyond that required of the Bachelor of Arts and is designed to prepare graduates for graduate school, medical school, and chemistry-related positions in business, government and industry.

All degrees in Chemistry are designed to stimulate analytical reasoning and encourage a discriminating approach to problemsolving. All degrees provide a working knowledge in chemistry and the skills to pursue careers in chemistry and related fields.

Degree Requirements
Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Chemistry majors must complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry:

MATH 136 or above Precalculus or above  
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  

and 24 credit hours of Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS-accredited):

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab  
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 390 Biochemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 391 Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab  
CHEM 392 Quantum Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 421 Advanced Chemistry Lab I  
CHEM 450 Research in the Chemical Sciences  
MATH 213, 214 Calculus I and II and Labs  
PHYS 201, 202 Physics I and II and Labs  

One or more courses selected from the following:

CHEM 431 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  
CHEM 432 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
CHEM 433 Advanced Physical Chemistry  

The Major in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

This course of study expands the student’s knowledge of the environment and how best to live in it, particularly from a chemical point of view. Studies dealing with actual environmental problems in modern society provide students with the logical scientific framework and develop the intellectual power necessary for finding possible solutions and deciding upon the more desirable ones. Emphasis is on laboratory and field studies designed to develop the skills and techniques necessary for analyzing environmental problems. Students may pursue either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
 
The Bachelor of Science in chemistry with an environmental concentration prepares students for positions in industry and governmental agencies. Employment opportunities include: state health departments, municipal sewage reatment plants, environmental protection agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, industrial consulting firms, and chemical industries.

Degree Requirements

Chemistry majors who elect the environmental concentration must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Chemistry majors with the environmental concentration must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

MATH 136 or above Precalculus or above  
BIO 103 Biology I and Lab  
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab  
or      
NATSC 204 Principles of Oceanography  
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 201, 202 Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs  

and 16 credit hours of Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration (ACS accredited)

CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 301, 302 Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs  
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab  
CHEM 320 Inorganic Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 390 Biochemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 391 Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab  
CHEM 392 Quantum Chemistry and Lab  
CHEM 421 Advanced Chemistry Lab I  
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry  
CHEM 450 Research in the Chemical Sciences  
MATH 213, 214 Calculus I and II and Labs  
PHYS 201, 202 Principles of Physics I and II and Labs  

Dual Degree in Chemistry and Pharm D.

Three-Plus-Four Chemistry-PharmD Dual Degree Program

Roger Williams University has partnered with Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS Vermont Campus) to provide a dual Chemistry-PharmD degree program. Outstanding students who qualify for this special program may be able to complete all requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Chemistry (B.S. or B.A.) or Biochemistry (B.S.) and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree in seven years, as opposed to the traditional eight-year period of study. The program requires students to declare Chemistry or Biochemistry as their primary undergraduate major, and to take the pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences. Chemistry or Biochemistry majors must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements, the College speech requirement, and complete a total of at least 120 credits including transfer credits from ACPHS. Students successfully completing the dual degree program will be eligible to participate in the commencement exercises of each institution.

Students are required to indicate their intent to pursue the Chemistry-PharmD dual degree program on their college application form. The student’s application must be evaluated by the office of admissions at ACPHS for acceptance into the program as well. Full-time students who matriculate into the program in their freshman year and who maintain superior academic records with outstanding academic averages must formally declare at the beginning of their junior year to the Chair of the Chemistry and Physics Department their intent to apply to ACPHS. Students would complete the PCAT examination and the PharmCAS application to ACPHS by March 1 of their junior year. ACPHS Doctor of Pharmacy program is a full-time, four year program. Courses taken during the first year at ACPHS Vermont campus will transfer for credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry or an American Chemical Society approved Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry.

Students who matriculate at ACPHS must meet the following conditions:

  • A student must have earned at least 90 credits in three years of study at Roger Williams University before beginning at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).
  • A student must successfully complete the required Pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University, as specified in this catalog.
  • All Core Curriculum requirements and pre-pharmacy course requirements must be met within those 90 credits.
  • The student’s cumulative grade-point average must be at least 3.0. No grade lower than a C (2.0) will count toward the 90 credits.
  • The student must meet or exceed Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus) PCAT entry requirements.
  • The student must successfully interview and complete a writing assessment as determined by the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).

The following are the required pre-pharmacy courses at Roger Williams University:

CHEM 191/L* Principles of Chemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 192/L* Principles of Chemistry II and Lab  
CHEM 301/L* Organic Chemistry I and Lab  
CHEM 302/L* Organic Chemistry II and Lab  
CHEM/BIO 390/L Biochemistry and Lab  
BIO 103/L* Biology I and Lab  
BIO 104/L Biology II and Labs  
BIO 230/L Microbiology and Lab  

Select one Biology course at the 200 Level or above*

Select one of the following mathematics courses:

MATH 124 Basic Statistics  
MATH 250 Introductions to Biostatistics  
MATH 315 Probability and Statistics  
and take
*MATH 213/L Calculus I and Lab  
PHYS 109/L Physics I and Lab (Algebra based)  
PHYS 110/L* Physics II and Lab (Algebra based)  
or
PHYS 201/L* Physics I with Calculus and Lab  
*PHYS 202/L* Physics II with Calculus and Lab  
and
PSYCH 100 Introduction to Psychology  
COMM 210 Introduction to Public Speaking  
WTNG 102 Expository Writing  
WTNG 200 or 220 Critical Writing  
* MATH 213, PHYS 201, and PHYS 202 are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry

As part of the dual degree program, students who have been admitted to ACPHS will be candidates for an American Chemical Society approved Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Roger Williams University once they have met the following additional requirements:

  • Completion of the Chemistry or Biochemistry major degree requirements at Roger Williams University. (Details of the major degree requirements are found in this catalog.)

and

  • Completion of the first year of the Doctor of Pharmacy at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Vermont campus).

Such candidates for the baccalaureate degree must file an application for degree with the University Registrar before registering for their fourth-year courses (first year ACPHS courses).

In completing the first year of coursework at ACPHS, a student in the Chemistry-PharmD dual degree program must pass all courses noted by an asterisk with a grade of C or better. These courses are those completed during the first year at ACPHS are:

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
*Pharmaceutics I 3 *Pharmaceutics II 3
*Physiology/Pathophysiology I 4 *Physiology/Pathophysiology II 4
*Immunology 3 Self Care/OTC 3
Pharmacy Skills Lab I 1 Pharmacy Skills Lab II 2
IPS Workshop I 1 IPS Workshop II 1
Foundations of Pharmacy 1 *Molecular Biology 3

In the event that a student does not successfully matriculate to ACPHS after three years of study at Roger Williams University, the dual degree program has been structured such that the Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry or the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry requirements may be completed at Roger Williams University within a fourth year of study.