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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--General Chemistry I    4
     CHMY 151--Honors Gen Chem 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:
     PHYS 205--College Physics I    4
     PHYS 211--Gen & Mod Physics I     4
     PHYS 221--Honors Gen & Mod Physics      4
University Core and Electives    9
30
Sophomore Year Credits
BIOL 214--Intro Biol:Molecules 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 273--Multivariable Calculus      4
Take one of the following:
     PHYS 206--College Physics II    4
     PHYS 212--Gen & Mod Physics II     4
     PHYS 222--Honors Gen & Mod Phys II     4
University Core and Electives    5
30
Junior Year Credits
BCHM 340--General 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 401--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.

***BIOL 214 is strongly recommended, because it is a pre-requisite to BCHM 340.

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
BCHM 441--Biochem of Macromolec    3
BCHM 442--Metabolic Regulation    3
BCHM 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
PHYS 213--Gen & Modern Physics III    4
PHYS 301--Classical Physics Mechanics    4
PHYS 317--Electricity & Magnetism I    3

BIOCHEMISTRY OPTION

Freshman Year Credits
BIOL 213--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
BCHM 100--Undergrad Seminar I     1
Take one of the following:
     M 161Q--Survey of Calculus    4
     M 165Q& 166--Calculus for Technology I &II     6
     M 171Q& 172Q--Calculus I &II     8
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics     3
University Core and Electives     5-9
30
Sophomore Year Credits
BCHM 201--Undergrad Seminar II     1
BIOL 214--Intro Biol:Molecules to Cells    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:
     PHYS 205--College Physics I    4
     PHYS 211--Gen & Mod Phys II     4
Take one of the following:
     PHYS 206--College Physics II    4
     PHYS 212--Gen & Mod Physics II    4
University Core and Electives     6
30
Junior Year Credits
BCHM 300--Undergrad Seminar III      1
BCHM 340--General Biochemistry*    5
BCHM 442--Metabolic Regulation     3
BCHM 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
30
Senior Year Credits
BCHM 401--Capstone Seminar    1
BCHM 441--Biochem of Macromolec     3
BCHM 444--Biochem Mthds Molec Biol     3
BCHM 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 betterin CHMY 321/323 or 331/333 may take BCHM 441 in place of BCHM 340 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
BIOL 301--Principles of Genetics     3
BIOL 302--Adv Cell & Molecular Biol     3
BIOL 310--Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy     4
BIOL 311--Developmental Biology     3
BIOL 312--Histology     3
BIOL 313--Neurophysiology     3
BIOL 315--The Visual System & Its Discovery     3
BIOL 403--Evolution     3
BIOL 410--Advanced Human Anatomy     3
BIOL 411--Animal Physiology     3
BIOL 422--Genes and Cancer     3
BIOL 425--Sensory Neurophysiology     3
BIOL 426--Neuroethology     3
BIOL 430--Plant Physiology     3
BIOL 437--Plant Development     3
BIOL 438--Developmental Mechanisms     3
BIOL 466--Gene Construction      3
BIOL 467--Molecular Medicine      3
CHBE 438--Bioprocess Engineering     3
HDFN 421--Macronutrient Metabolism      3
HDFN 422--Micronutrient Metabolism      3
LRES 355--Soil & Environmental Chemistry     3
LRES 415--Microbial Diversity, Ecology & Evolution     4
LRES 452--Soil and Environmental Microbiology     3
MB 301--Genrl Microbiology 5
MB 401--Immunology     3
MB 402--Immunology Lab     1
MB 403--Virology     4
MB 405--Hematology     3
MB 406--Hematology Lab     1
MB 409--General Pathology     3
MB 415--Micro Diversity,Ecol,Evol     4
MB 420--Micro Physiology     3
MB 430--Medical Bacteriology     3
MB 431--Medical Bacteriology Lab     2
MB 432--Indust Microbiology & Biotech     2
MB 433--Applied and Envir Microbiology     4
MB 437--Molecular Evolution     3
MB 441--Eukaryotic Pathogens      4
MB 449--Micro Genetics     3
MB 450--Research Methods in Microbiology     4
PSPP 426--Plant Biotechnology     3
PSPP 450--Plant Physiology     3
PSPP 457--Plant Development     3
PSPP 458--Plant Cell Physiology     3
PSPP 460--Plant Metabolism     3
VTMB 406--Infectious Diseases     3
VTMB 411--Hybridomas      2
VTMB 412--Advanced Immunology      1
VTMB 413--Flow Cytometry      1
VTMB 414--Advanced Microscopy      1
VTMB 421--Genome Science      3
VTMB 422--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
EDCI 102--In-School 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
**BIOL 214--Intro Biol: Molecules 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
EDCI 209--Ed Psy Adol Dev 3
EDCI 320--Found of Instr Computing 2
EDCI 240D--Multicultural Education 3
HDHL 106--Drug Hlth Issue for Ed     1
PHYS 205--College Physics I     4
PHYS 206--College Physics II     4
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Junior Year Credits
BCHM 340--General 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
EDCI 360--Found of Assmnt     2
EDSD 466--Method Teach Sec Science 3
EDSD 301--Paraprofessional Experience 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
EDSD 410--Student Teaching     10
EDSD 413--Professional Issues     2
University Core and Electives    16
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*Any BCHM or CHEM class 301 or higher (except 494, 492 & 490).

**BIOL 214 is strongly recommended, because it is a pre-requisite to BCHM 340.

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
BCHM 441--Biochm of Macromolec*     3
BCHM 442--Metabolic Regulation     3
BCHM 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/BCHM 340, 494, 492 & 490
3
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*Students with a B or better in CHMY 321/323 or 331/333 may take BCHM 441 without first taking BCHM 340.


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/BCHM 490, 492, & 499,
9
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