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Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Science Building, LD 326
402 N. Blackford Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3274
Phone: (317) 274-6872, fax: (317) 274-4701

Department Chair: Partha Basu, Ph.D.

Department Advisors:

Chemistry is the science that studies substances, both natural and synthetic, and their compositions, properties, transformations, and interactions with external forces.

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.) degree with a chemistry option, a biological chemistry option, and a medicinal chemistry option and the Master of Science (M.S.) degree. All degrees carry the general requirements of the School of Science, which are described elsewhere in this bulletin. An undergraduate minor in chemistry is also offered. The Bachelor of Science degree carries certification by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training. The Master of Science degree has both a thesis and nonthesis option. An Industrial Co-op Program is also offered for the Master of Science degree. Qualified students may be authorized to pursue the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in chemistry in the areas of analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry. Contact the Department for details or visit the Web site chem.iupui.edu.

To enter the undergraduate curriculum in chemistry, a student should have completed a minimum of two years of algebra, one semester of trigonometry, one year each of chemistry and physics, and two years of a modern foreign language. The choice of a particular degree program in chemistry and the selection of courses for that degree must be made in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Courses for Nonmajors

Students in programs that require only one semester of chemistry should take CHEM-C100, CHEM-C101, or CHEM-C110, depending on their specific degree program. CHEM-C100 and CHEM-C110 are both nonmathematical introductions to chemistry, while CHEM-C101 requires one semester of high school algebra. Students in programs that require two semesters of chemistry take either CHEM-C101 / CHEM-C121 with CHEM-C110 / CHEM-C115 or the CHEM-C105 / CHEM-C125 with CHEM-C106 / CHEM-C126 sequence. (See specific program for degree major.) The CHEM-C105 / CHEM-C125 with CHEM-C106 / CHEM-C126 sequence is designed for students pursuing advanced work in scientific fields (e.g., biology, chemistry, geology, medicine, and physics). Students with an insufficient background in high school chemistry for CHEM-C105 should take CHEM-C101 as a preparatory course. Credit for CHEM-C101 cannot count toward the total credit hours needed for graduation if either of the following courses is taken: CHEM-C105 or CHEM-C106. Completion of CHEM-C101 does not qualify a student for admission to CHEM-C106.

Academic Advising in Chemistry

Academic success requires frequent and regular interaction between students and faculty in the classroom as well as outside it. In keeping with this departmental philosophy, chemistry majors are required to meet with their advisor at least once a year, preferably in the first half of the fall semester. Students who do not meet with their advisor by October 21 will not be permitted to register for the following spring semester until their advisor approves their registration.

Course Prerequisites

The Department enforces all prerequisites for chemistry courses as indicated in the course listing of this bulletin. For course equivalency of prerequisites, consult the instructor.