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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
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Chemistry Major, B.S. (Chemical Physics Concentration)

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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Major with Chemical Physics Concentration Information

Box 70695
Phone: (423) 439-4367
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/chemists

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There are a variety of Chemistry Programs to choose from at ETSU. These programs include: the ACS Chemistry Concentration, the ACS Biochemistry Concentration, the ACS Chemical Physics Concentration, the Chemistry Concentration, and the Chemistry minor.

Chemistry Major with ACS Chemical Physics Concentration

(Department of Chemistry and Department of Physics and Astronomy)
ACS Chemical Physics Concentration–This is a collaborative program with the Department of Physics and Astronomy and provides students with a strong emphasis in the physical and mathematical aspects of chemistry. It is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in such fields as computational chemistry, materials science, or the many areas of nanotechnology. The Chemistry Department’s ACS Chemical Physics concentration is approved by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and as such it is subject to change upon notice from the ACS.

This program requires 120 credit hours. A minor is not required with this concentration. An overall 2.0 GPA is required for all major courses. For more information, please visit the Chemistry Department’s website (www.etsu.edu/cas/chemistry) or contact the department at 423-439-4367. To schedule an appointment with your advisor please refer to “How to Contact Your Advisor”  (www.etsu.edu/advisement/continuingstudents/default.aspx#Find).

General Program Information

To earn a degree from ETSU, there are specific course requirements put forth by ETSU, by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), by each college, and by each department. All students must meet the degree requirements at each of these levels. Please follow the format below:

University-level Degree and Graduation Requirements

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 120

College of Arts and Sciences B.S. Degree Requirements

Students majoring in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the following requirements for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Some requirements must be taken in addition to the General Education Core, whereas others specify which courses from the General Education Core must be taken.

Mathematics Specified General Education Core: MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  as specified by major.
Natural Sciences Eight (8) credit hours in a SINGLE laboratory science from the following:
  1. ASTR 1010  and ASTR 1020 
  2. BIOL 1010  /BIOL 1011  and BIOL 1020  /BIOL 1021 
  3. BIOL 1110  /BIOL 1111  and BIOL 1120  /BIOL 1121  or BIOL 1130  /BIOL 1131 
  4. CHEM 1110  /CHEM 1111  and CHEM 1120  /CHEM 1121 
  5. GEOL 1040 /GEOL 1041  and GEOL 1050 /GEOL 1051 
  6. GEOG 1110  and GEOG 1120  (labs included)
  7. PHYS 2010  /PHYS 2011  and PHYS 2020  /PHYS 2021  or PHYS 2110  and PHYS 2120 
  * Higher-level laboratory courses in these departments also meet this requirement.
Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Core departmental requirements: 6 credit hours
Philosophy of Science PHIL 2640 
Reasoning PHIL 2030  or SPCH 2320 


TBR General Education Requirements: 42 Credit Hours

Below you will see the categories and courses specified under TBR General Education Requirements. Note that certain courses are required for this degree, specific to this major. Thus, these courses will satisfy both a TBR General Education requirement AND a requirement of this major. (Other majors may require different General Education courses.) Where specific courses are required for this major, we only list those courses under the category. If there are no specific major requirements for a category, all course options appear.


9 credits, consisting of 6 credits of written composition and 3 credits of oral communication.

Written Composition

Complete both of the following: 

Oral Communication

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credits, consisting of 3 credits of literature, 3 credits of fine arts, and 3 credits of humanities electives.


Complete the following:


6 credits, consisting of both of the following:


Students will enroll in the appropriate general education math course during their first calendar year of enrollment at ETSU. Students required to complete learning support in mathematics must enroll in a learning support-designated section (L01-L99) of MATH 1530  during their first 15 hours at ETSU (not including summer) unless they are also required to complete learning support in reading or writing. Students needing learning support in reading or writing in addition to learning support in math should enroll in MATH 1530-Lxx immediately upon completing their other learning support requirements. Additional information may be found on the University Advisement Center website www.etsu.edu/uac/learningsupport/


Argumentation and Debate are requirements for obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree. These courses satisfy the TBR General Education Requirements in their corresponding categories.

Chemistry Major with Chemical Physics Concentration

Three credit hours selected from the following:


* These courses satisfy TBR General Education Core Requirements .

** These labs may be taken in any order.

Concentrations: 12-14 Credit Hours

Physics courses beyond the first year: 5-6 Credit Hours

Choice of two courses from the following list: 6-8 Credit Hours of Advanced Physics

Electives (Student Choice): 3-5 Credit Hours

Minor: no minor required

Additional Information

 Click here to view the Chemical Physics Concentration Suggested Course Sequence .

Teaching Program Information

Teacher Education–Students interested in pursuing a teacher education program for certification as a teacher are asked to see the area advisor in the Department of Chemistry AND the professional advisor in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel, College of Education. Please refer to the section on “Admission to Teacher Education” for basic admission requirements in the College of Education section of this catalog.

Pre-Teacher Education–Declaration of Intent-All ETSU students desiring to complete a teacher education or other public school licensure program (for initial licensure, add-on endorsement, or advanced study in education) must file a Declaration of Intent in the Office of Student Services, 321 Warf-Pickel Hall. The Declaration of Intent should be filed before 30 credit hours of coursework have been completed or, in the case of transfer and post-baccalaureate students, in the first semester at ETSU. Delay or failure to file the Declaration of Intent may result in incomplete advisement. Students who have not filed the Declaration of Intent will not be considered for admission to teacher education and may be ineligible to enroll in many professional education courses.

Professional Education Requirements for Secondary and K-12 Students–The professional education requirements for secondary and K- 12 students are met by completing the minor in education (refer to the Education Minor  section in this catalog for a list of required courses) and the professional semester (CUAI 4580 , “Student Teaching”). Students are required to submit a professional portfolio for admission to teacher education.

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