Montana State University

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Note: MSU's programs in the biological sciences are distributed across multiple departments.  MSU does not have a single Department of Biology.  For additional options see   Biological Sciences at MSU.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

http://chemistry.montana.edu/

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers approved programs emphasizing modern areas in Chemistry and biochemistry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry provides basic education in chemistry with sufficient breadth and flexibility to allow students to enter a variety of chemistry-related careers. Several curricular options are available, each of which is career- and employment-directed. Employment opportunities are extensive. For example, at least 36 percent of the research and development workforce in the United States have degrees in chemistry, more than any other discipline. The different options allow the student to emphasize his or her personal choices in course selection.

All of the options emphasize current aspects of chemistry and biochemistry with particular attention given to instrumentation, modern concepts and methods, and use of computers to help solve chemical problems. Participation in undergraduate research within an active research group in the department is an important and rewarding part of the overall program. A wide range of fundamental research programs are ongoing in all major areas of chemistry: organic, analytical, inorganic, physical, and biochemistry.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry participates in several instructional and research programs of an interdisciplinary nature. These include nanomaterials, optical technology, thermal biology, biofilm engineering, computer modeling of proteins and nucleic acids, and the WWAMI medical education program. The department has active graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. These degrees may be obtained in either chemistry or biochemistry.

The department encourages majors in allied fields to consider either a chemistry or a biochemistry minor.

Chemistry (Professional) Option

This option includes a central core of chemistry courses that, together with technical electives, allows the students to prepare for careers in chemistry or related fields such as medicine, patent law, chemical business, or science writing. Students interested in the more quantitative and physical aspects of chemistry may wish to include additional Mathematics and/or physics courses. Students electing this option will be well prepared both for advanced study and for immediate employment in industry, government, or business.

Biochemistry Option

This option includes a core of chemistry, biochemistry, and biology courses for the student interested in the molecular nature of biological materials and life processes. A broad choice of biological science electives will allow the students to prepare for careers in human, animal, plant, or microbial biochemistry. Trained biochemical scientists are in demand for research and teaching in universities and for research and development work in chemical, pharmaceutical, and biotechnical industries, in medical laboratories, and in state and federal governments. Students who complete the curriculum satisfactorily will be prepared to assume responsible professional positions or undertake graduate level work in the life sciences. The curriculum also provides an excellent preparation for medical, dental, or veterinary school.

Teaching Option

This option is designed to prepare prospective teachers of chemistry at the secondary level. It provides a thorough background in the basic fields of chemistry and an acquaintance with aspects of chemistry in society that are essential to the practicing teacher of chemistry. The chemistry Teaching option certifies graduates to be qualified to teach secondary school chemistry. Employment opportunities will be enhanced by obtaining a second area of certification, usually a teaching minor. Obtaining a teaching major, a teaching minor, and certification will require more than 120 credits.

Chemistry/Biochemistry Minors (Non-teaching)

A minor in either chemistry or biochemistry is offered for students with other majors who wish to receive formal acknowledgement for taking a core of intermediate-level chemistry and/or biochemistry courses. The minor is designed to strengthen the students' opportunities for admission to graduate school or for industrial employment.


Curricula in Chemistry and Biochemistry


CHEMISTRY (PROFESSIONAL OPTION)

Freshman Year Credits
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 141--College Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 151--Honors College Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 143--College Chemistry II    4
     CHMY 153--Honors College Chemistry II     4
CHMY 194--Seminar/Workshop     1
M 171Q--Calculus I     4
M 172Q--Calculus II     4
Take one of the following:
     PHSX 205--College Physics I    4
     PHSX 220--Gen & Mod Physics I     4
     PHSX 240--Honors Gen & Mod Physics      4
University Core and Electives    9
30
Sophomore Year Credits
BIOB 260--Cellular & Molecular Biology to Cells***    4
CHMY 294--Seminar/Workshop     1
CHMY 311--Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis    4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 331--Honors Organic Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II    4
     CHMY 333--Honors Organic Chemistry II     4
M 273Q--Multivariable Calculus      4
Take one of the following:
     PHSX 207--College Physics II    4
     PHSX 222--Physics II     4
     PHSX 242--Honors Gen & Mod Phys II     4
University Core and Electives    5
30
Junior Year Credits
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
CHMY 394--Seminar/Workshop     1
CHMY 371--Phys Chem-Qntm Chm & Spctrscpy     3
CHMY 373--Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs     3
CHMY 372--Physical Chemistry Lab I     1
CHMY 374--Physical Chemistry Lab II     2
CHMY 401--Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 3
*CHMY 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
University Core and Electives     9
30
Senior Year Credits
CHMY 417--Synthetic Chemistry     3
CHMY 494--Capstone Seminar     1
CHMY 421--Adv Instrument Analysis     3
CHMY 422--Adv Instrument Analysis Lab     2
**CHMY 499--Senior Thesis/Capstone     1
*CHMY 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
Physical Science Electives 6
University Core and Electives     11
30

*Six (6) credits of chemistry 490 are tabulated. It is expected that substantially more than this minimum will be taken by prospective graduates.

**CHMY 499 (Senior year) is required for majors who are writing a thesis for Departmental Honors consideration.

***BIOB 260 is strongly recommended, because it is a pre-requisite to BCH 380.

A computer science (CS) course is highly recommended. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. All students are encouraged to take a 200 level English writing course. Please note that this course would be in addition to the WRIT 101W core requirement.

Acceptable Physical Science
Electives Include
Credits
BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolecules    3
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation    3
BCH 444--Biochem Mthds Molec Biol    3
CHMY 515--Struct & Bonding Inorg Chem    3
CHMY 516--Mech & Dynamics Inorg Chem    3
CHMY 523--Organic Rxn Mech     1
CHMY 524--Mass Spec    3
CHMY 526--Advanced Protein NMR    3
CHMY 533--Physical Organic Chemistry    3
CHMY 535--Reagent Chemistry    3
CHMY 540--Organic Synth    3
CHMY 551--Organic Structure Elucidation    3
CHMY 554--Organometallic Chemistry    3
CHMY 557--Quantum Mechanics    3
CHMY 558--Classical & Statistical Thermo    3
CHMY 559--Kinetics & Dynamics     3
M 221--Introduction to Linear Algebra     3
M 274--Intro to Differential Equations    4
M 333--Linear Algebra     3
PHSX 224--Physics III    4
PHSX 320--Classical Mechanics    4
PHSX 423--Electricity & Magnetism I    3

BIOCHEMISTRY OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
BIOB 256--Intro Biol:Cells to Organisms     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 141--College Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 151--Honors College Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 143--College Chemistry II    4
     CHMY 153--Honors College Chemistry II     4
BCH 194--Seminar/Workshop     1
Take one of the following:
     M 161Q--Survey of Calculus    4
     M 165Q & M 166Q--Calculus for Technology I &II     6
      M 171Q & M 172Q--Calculus I &II     8
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics     3
University Core and Electives     5-9
30
Sophomore Year Credits
BCH 294--Seminar/Workshop     1
BIOB 260--Celllular & Molecular Biology     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 311--Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis    3
     CHMY 401--Advanced Inorganic Chemistry(in Junior Year)    3
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 331--Honors Organic Chemistry I    4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II    4
     CHMY 333--Honors Organic Chemistry II    4
Take one of the following:
     PHSX 205--College Physics I    4
     PHSX 200--Gen & Mod Phys II     4
Take one of the following:
     PHSX 207--College Physics II    4
     PHSX 220--Physics I 4
     PHSX 222--Physics II 4
University Core and Electives     6
30
Junior Year Credits
BCH 394--Seminar/Workshop      1
BCH 380--Biochemistry*    5
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation     3
BCH 490R--Undergraduate Research 2
Take these two:
     CHMY 361--Elements of Physical Chemistry    4
     CHMY 362--Elements of Physical Chem Lab    1
or these three:
     CHMY 371--Phys Chem-Qntm Chm & Spctrscpy    3
     CHMY 373--Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs    3
     CHMY 372--Physical Chemistry Lab I     1
Biological Sciences Elec(300+)     6
University Core and Electives     13
34
Senior Year Credits
BCH 499--Senior Thesis/Capstone    1
BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolecules     3
BCH 444--Biochem Mthds Molec Biol     3
BCH 490R--Undergraduate Research 4
CHMY 499**--Senior Thesis/Capstone     6
Biological Sciences Elec (300+)     7
University Core and Electives     12
30

*Students with a B or better in CHMY 321/323 or 331/333 may take BCH 441 in place of BCH 380 in their junior year.

**CHMY 499 (Senior Year) is required for majors who are writing a thesis for Departmental Honors consideration.

All students are encouraged to take a 200 level English writing course. Please note that this course would be in addition to the WRIT 101W core requirement.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


Acceptable Biological Science
Electives Include
Credits
BIOB 375--General Genetics     3
BIOB 425--Adv Cell & Molecular Biol     3
BIOO 310--Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy     4
BIOH 323--Human Developmental Biology     3
BIOH 340--Principles of Histology     3
BIOO 413--Neurophysiology     3
BIOL 315--The Visual System & Its Discovery     3
BIOB 420--Evolution     3
BIOL 410--Advanced Human Anatomy     3
BIOO 412--Animal Physiology     3
BIOH 422--Genes and Cancer     3
BIOH 425--Sensory Neurophysiology     3
BIOH 430--Neuroethology     3
BIOO 433--Plant Physiology     3
BIOO 437--Plant Development     3
BIOB 438--Developmental Mechanisms     3
BIOB 476--Gene Construction      3
BIOH 455--Molecular Medicine      3
EBIO 438--Bioprocess Engineering     3
NUTR 421--Macronutrient Metabolism      3
NUTR 422--Micronutrient Metabolism      3
LRES 355--Soil & Environmental Chemistry     3
BIOM 415--Microbial Diversity, Ecology & Evolution     4
BIOM 452--Soil and Environmental Microbiology     3
BIOM 360--General Microbiology 5
BIOB 410--Immunology     3
BIOB 411--Immunology Lab     1
BIOM 435--Virology     4
BIOH 405--Hematology     3
BIOH 406--Hematology Lab     1
MB 409--General Pathology     3
BIOM 415--Micro Diversity,Ecol,Evol     4
BIOM 450--Micro Physiology     3
BIOM 431--Medical Bacteriology     3
BIOM 421--Medical Bacteriology Lab     2
MB 432--Indust Microbiology & Biotech     2
BIOM 430--Applied and Envir Microbiology     4
BIOB 428--Molecular Evolution     3
BIOM 441--Eukaryotic Pathogens      4
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics     3
BIOM 455--Research Methods in Microbiology     4
BIOB 430--Plant Biotechnology     3
BIOO 433--Plant Physiology     3
BIOO 437--Plant Development     3
BIOO 458--Plant Cell Physiology     3
BIOO 460--Plant Metabolism     3
BIOM 400--Medical Microbiology     3
BIOB 412 411--Hybridomas      2
BIOB 415--Advanced Immunology      1
BIOB 413--Flow Cytometry      1
BIOB 414--Advanced Microscopy      1
BIOB 475--Genome Science      3
BIOB 478--Functional Gene Expression     2

TEACHING OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 141--College Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 151--Honors College Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 143--College Chemistry II    4
     CHMY 153--Honors College Chemistry II    4
CHMY 194--Seminar/Workshop     1
EDU 202--Early Field Experience    1
HDCF 150IS--Lifespan Human Devlpmt     3
M 151--Precalculus 3
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus     4
University Core and Electives     10
30
Sophomore Year Credits
**BIOB 260--Celllular & Molecular Biology     4
CHMY 294--Seminar/Workshop     1
CHMY 311--Analytical Chem-Quant Analysis    4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I     4
     CHMY 331--Honors Organic Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II     4
     CHMY 333--Honors Organic Chemistry II     4
EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev 3
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Education 2
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education 3
HDHL 106--Drug Hlth Issue for Ed     1
PHSX 205--College Physics I     4
PHSX 207--College Physics II     4
34
Junior Year Credits
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
CHMY 394--Seminar/Workshop      1
CHMY 361--Elements of Physical Chemistry     4
CHMY 362--Elements of Physical Chem Lab     1
CHMY 490R--Undergraduate Research 4
EDU 382--Assessment, Curric, Instruction     2
EDU 497--Methods: 5-12 Science 3
EDU 395--Practicum: 5-12 1
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 3
Adv BCHM/CHMY courses* 6
30
Senior Year Credits
CHMY 499--Senior Thesis/Capstone     1
CHMY 494--Capstone Seminar    1
Student teaching semester
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12     10
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12     2
University Core and Electives    16
32

*Any BCHM or CHEM class 301 or higher (except 494, 492 & 490).

**BIOB 260 is strongly recommended, because it is a pre-requisite to BCH 380.

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above. The chemistry Teaching option certifies graduates to be qualified to teach secondary school chemistry. Employment opportunities will be enhanced by obtaining a second area of certification, usually a teaching minor. Obtaining a teaching major, a teaching minor, and certification will require more than 120 credits.

CHMY 499 (Senior Year) is required for majors who are writing a thesis for Departmental Honors consideration. Twelve credits (14 weeks) of EDSD 410 is optional.


BIOCHEMISTRY MINOR ( NON-TEACHING)

Credits
BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolecules*     3
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation     3
BCH 444--Biochem Mthds Molec Biol     3
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
     CHMY 151--Honors College Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 143--College Chemistry II     4
     CHMY 153--Honors College Chemistry II     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I     4
     CHMY 331--Honors Organic Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II     4
     CHMY 333--Honors Organic Chemistry II     4
Any BCHM/CHMY course 301 or higher,
except CHMY/BCH 380, 494, 492 & 490
3
28

*Students with a B or better in CHMY 321/323 or 331/333 may take BCH 441 without first taking BCH 380.


CHEMISTRY MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Required Course Credits
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 141--College Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 151--Honors College Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 143--College Chemistry II    4
     CHMY 153--Honors College Chemistry II     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I     4
     CHMY 331--Honors Organic Chemistry I     4
Take one of the following:
     CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II     4
     CHMY 333--Honors Organic Chemistry II     4
Take these two:
     CHMY 361--Elements of Physical Chemistry    4
     CHMY 362--Elements of Physical Chem Lab     1
or these three:
     CHMY 371--Phys Chem-Qntm Chm & Spctrscpy    3
     CHMY 373--Phys Chem-Kntcs & Thrmdynmcs     3
     CHMY 372--Physical Chemistry Lab I     1
Any BCHM/CHMY courses 301 or higher,
except CHMY/BCH 490, 492, & 499,
9
30

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