Chemistry Minor

“Anything that can be touched, tasted, smelled, seen or felt is made of chemicals and chemists are the people who transform the everyday materials around us into amazing things.” American Chemical Society (ACS)

The term chemistry is not only limited into beakers and laboratories. It is all around us, and it is in our daily lives. Everything you hear, see, smell, taste, and touch involves series of chemical reactions and interactions in our body. Since ancient time, whether we realize it or not, chemistry has influenced the life of everyone. Why the sky is blue, why we cry when we cut onion, why coffee keeps us awake, and what happens when we fall in love are some of the examples of how chemistry affects our lives as human beings. The more we understand about chemistry in our lives, the better we know our world. If you are curious about the different natures of chemical compounds and their application in real life, major in chemistry!

Training in chemistry blends descriptive, conceptual, and mathematical elements in both lectures and laboratory work. The chemistry program at Ozarks offers students the opportunity to develop not only their chemical knowledge that are central to physical, chemical, and biological nature, but also to sharpen their analytical ability. Our program gives our students an opportunity to study the five areas of chemistry: analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and biochemistry. These areas provide a unique perspective into chemical problems which will coalesce into a deeper understanding of the chemical world. Courses are a mixture of lecture material and laboratory experience which will combine qualitative and quantitative analysis to solve problems.

Degree Outcomes

Students will have opportunities to work on undergraduate research projects directly with their professors.

The program prepares students to thrive in various career paths, including health, pharmacy, research and development, and academia.

Students are also prepared to pursue graduate school.

Example Courses

  • CHM 4104: Biochemistry
    Chemistry
    Introduction to the major classes of biological molecules and their chemistry in living systems. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHM 3024, Organic Chemistry II.
  • CHM 4014: Forensic Chemistry
    Introduction to the chemical analysis of evidence collected during investigation of a crime. Topics include handling of chemicals and glassware, data analysis, and the chemistry of drugs, explosives and gun powders, dyes paints and fibers. A visit to Forensic Laboratory will be included. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite/Corequisite: CHM 3024, Organic Chemistry II.
  • CHM 4024: Spectral Analysis
    A more advanced study of chemical instrumentation and the data they produce, including but not limited to infrared spectroscopy, NMR spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and chromatograms. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week. Prerequisite: CHM 3024, Organic Chemistry II.
View course catalog for all program courses and degree requirements.

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