Chemistry

Major: Chemistry
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: BA -183.0; BS - 189.0
Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 40.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-2031

About the Program

Drexel’s Department of Chemistry offers both a BA and a BS degree in Chemistry. The BA is offered as a four-year, one co-op program for those interested in following their undergraduate education in chemistry with professional school such as law or medicine. The BS degree, offered in three formats (a five-year, three co-op; four-year, one co-op; and a four-year, no co-op), is certified by the American Chemical Society. The BS degree also can be completed with a Biochemistry concentration. In addition, a minor in Chemistry is available for students in other majors who desire a strong physical science background.

Each student plans a course of study and selects electives in consultation with an advisor in the Department of Chemistry. Students who show initiative and laboratory ability are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research by selecting a research problem in collaboration with one of the departmental faculty members. Students in the BS program are required to participate in undergraduate research through the senior research courses.

Most graduate courses in chemistry are open to qualified seniors. Prerequisites and descriptions of available graduate courses appear in the graduate catalog.

Additional Information

For more information about the major in Chemistry, contact:

Daniel King, PhD
Undergraduate Affairs Committee Chair
Department of Chemistry
Drexel University
dk68@drexel.edu

Degree Requirements (BA) 

General Education Requirements *
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Humanities and Arts electives6.0
International Studies electives6.0
Social and Behavioral Studies electives6.0
Studies in Diversity electives6.0
Language Requirements courses8.0-12.0
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors III7.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
Chemistry Electives
Select two Chemistry Electives **6.0
Biology Requirements
BIO 131
BIO 134
Cells and Biomolecules
and Cells and Biomolecules Lab
5.0
BIO 132
BIO 135
Genetics and Evolution
and Genetics and Evolution Lab
5.0
BIO 133
BIO 136
Physiology and Ecology
and Anatomy and Ecology Lab
5.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
Physics Requirements
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Free Electives
Free electives ***32.0-36.0
Total Credits183.0-191.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study (BA) 

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0BIO 132
BIO 135
5.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
CHEM 1215.0CHEM 1225.0BIO 133
BIO 136
5.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1234.0 
UNIV S1011.0MATH 1224.0  
 18 18 17.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5CHEM 2497.0PHYS 2014.0
CHEM 2466.5COOP 101*1.0PHYS 1024.0International Studies elective3.0
Free elective3.0MATH 2004.0Humanities electives6.0Free electives6.0
 PHYS 1014.0  
 15.5 15.5 17 13
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 2534.0CHEM 2703.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 3572.5  
CHEM 4213.0Language elective4.0  
UNIV S2011.0Diversity Studies elective3.0  
Language elective4.0Social and Behavioral Studies elective3.0  
 15 15.5 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
Chemistry elective3.0Chemistry elective3.0Free electives12.0 
Social and Behavioral Studies elective3.0International Studies3.0  
Diversity Studies elective3.0Free electives6.0  
Free elective5.0   
 14 12 12 
Total Credits 183

 

Degree Requirements (BS) 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Technical electives **6.0
Liberal Studies electives **6.0
Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors III7.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 346Qualitative Organic Chemistry5.5
CHEM 355Physical Chemistry IV3.0
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 358Physical Chemistry Laboratory II2.5
CHEM 359Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy3.0
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 420Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 422Inorganic Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory4.0
CHEM 430Analytical Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project9.0
Biology Requirements
BIO 131Cells and Biomolecules4.0
BIO 134Cells and Biomolecules Lab1.0
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology4.0
Biochemistry Requirements ***
BIO 311Biochemistry3.0-4.0
or BIO 404 Structure and Function of Biomolecules
or CHEM 371 Chemistry of Biomolecules
BIO 306Biochemistry Laboratory2.0
Computer/Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
or MATH 210 Differential Equations
Physics Requirements
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Free Electives21.0
Total Credits189.0-190.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plans of Study (BS) 

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 1314.0CHEM 1225.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
BIO 1341.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
CHEM 1215.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1234.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 1224.0PHYS 1024.0 
MATH 1214.0PHYS 1014.0  
UNIV S1011.0   
 18 17 16.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5BIO 2144.0VACATION
CHEM 2466.5MATH 2004.0CHEM 2497.0 
PHYS 2014.0Free elective3.0MATH 210 or 2014.0 
 Technical Elective*3.0Free elective3.0 
 16.5 16.5 18 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 2534.0CHEM 2703.0Liberal Studies elective3.0VACATION
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 3572.5Technical elective*3.0 
CHEM 4213.0CHEM 4203.0Free electives9.0 
CHEM 4303.0CHEM 4314.0  
UNIV S2011.0   
 14 12.5 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CHEM 3465.5BIO 3062.0CHEM 3582.5 
CHEM 3553.0CHEM 3593.0CHEM 4223.0 
CHEM 4933.0CHEM 4933.0CHEM 4254.0 
BIO 311 or 404**4.0Liberal Studies elective3.0CHEM 4933.0 
 Free elective4.0Free elective3.0 
 15.5 15 15.5 
Total Credits 190

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 1314.0CHEM 1225.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
BIO 1341.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
CHEM 1215.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1234.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 1224.0PHYS 1024.0 
MATH 1214.0PHYS 1014.0  
UNIV S1011.0   
 18 17 16.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5BIO 2144.0Liberal Studies elective3.0
CHEM 2466.5MATH 2004.0CHEM 2497.0Technical elective*3.0
PHYS 2014.0Free elective3.0COOP 101**1.0Free electives9.0
 Technical Elective*3.0MATH 210 or 2014.0 
  Free elective3.0 
 16.5 16.5 19 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 2534.0CHEM 2703.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 3572.5  
CHEM 4213.0CHEM 4203.0  
CHEM 4303.0CHEM 4314.0  
UNIV S2011.0   
 14 12.5 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BIO 311 or 404***4.0BIO 3062.0CHEM 3582.5 
CHEM 3465.5CHEM 3593.0CHEM 4223.0 
CHEM 3553.0CHEM 4933.0CHEM 4254.0 
CHEM 4933.0Liberal Studies elective3.0CHEM 4933.0 
 Free elective3.0Free elective3.0 
 15.5 14 15.5 
Total Credits 190

5 year, 3 co-op  

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 1314.0CHEM 1225.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
BIO 1341.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0 
CHEM 1215.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0MATH 1224.0MATH 1234.0 
MATH 1214.0PHYS 1014.0PHYS 1024.0 
UNIV S1011.0   
 18 17 17.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 2466.5MATH 2004.0  
PHYS 2014.0Free elective3.0  
 16.5 13.5 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 2144.0CHEM 2703.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 2497.0CHEM 3572.5  
CHEM 2534.0Technical elective**3.0  
MATH 210 or 2014.0Liberal Studies Elective3.0  
 Free elective3.0  
 19 14.5 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 3553.0CHEM 3593.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 4203.0  
CHEM 4213.0CHEM 4314.0  
CHEM 4303.0Technical elective**3.0  
UNIV S2011.0Free elective3.0  
 13 16 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BIO 311 or 404***4.0BIO 3062.0CHEM 4223.0 
CHEM 3465.5CHEM 4933.0CHEM 4254.0 
CHEM 3582.5Liberal Studies elective3.0CHEM 4933.0 
CHEM 4933.0Free electives6.0Free electives6.0 
 15 14 16 
Total Credits 190

 

Chemistry BS - Biochemistry Concentration Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV S101The Drexel Experience1.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV S201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Technical electives *6.0
Liberal Studies electives *6.0
Chemistry Requirements
CHEM 121Majors Chemistry I5.0
CHEM 122Majors Chemistry II5.0
CHEM 123Majors Chemistry III5.5
CHEM 230Quantitative Analysis4.0
CHEM 231 [WI] Quantitative Analysis Laboratory2.0
CHEM 246Organic Chemistry for Majors I6.5
CHEM 248Organic Chemistry for Majors II6.5
CHEM 249Organic Chemistry for Majors III7.0
CHEM 253Thermodynamics and Kinetics4.0
CHEM 270Software Skills for Chemists3.0
CHEM 346Qualitative Organic Chemistry5.5
CHEM 357 [WI] Physical Chemistry Laboratory I2.5
CHEM 367Chemical Information Retrieval3.0
CHEM 420Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory Applied Chemistry3.0
CHEM 421Inorganic Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 422Inorganic Chemistry II3.0
CHEM 425Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory4.0
CHEM 430Analytical Chemistry I3.0
CHEM 431 [WI] Analytical Chemistry II4.0
CHEM 493Senior Research Project9.0
Biology Requirements
BIO 131Cells and Biomolecules4.0
BIO 134Cells and Biomolecules Lab1.0
BIO 214Principles of Cell Biology4.0
Biochemistry Requirements
CHEM 371Chemistry of Biomolecules3.0
BIO 311Biochemistry4.0
BIO 306Biochemistry Laboratory2.0
BIO 404Structure and Function of Biomolecules4.0
Computer/Mathematics Requirements
MATH 121Calculus I4.0
MATH 122Calculus II4.0
MATH 123Calculus III4.0
MATH 200Multivariate Calculus4.0
MATH 201Linear Algebra4.0
Physics Requirements
PHYS 101Fundamentals of Physics I4.0
PHYS 102Fundamentals of Physics II4.0
PHYS 201Fundamentals of Physics III4.0
Free electives
Free electives21.0
Total Credits188.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Chemistry (BS) - Biochemistry Concentration Sample Plan of Study

4 year, no-cop

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0CHEM 1225.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
CHEM 1215.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1234.0 
MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0PHYS 1024.0 
UNIV S1011.0PHYS 1014.0  
 18 17 16.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5BIO 2144.0VACATION
CHEM 2466.5MATH 2004.0CHEM 2497.0 
PHYS 2014.0Liberal Studies elective3.0MATH 201 or 2104.0 
 Free elective*4.0Technical elective**3.0 
 16.5 17.5 18 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 2534.0CHEM 2703.0BIO 3114.0VACATION
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 3572.5CHEM 3713.0 
CHEM 4213.0CHEM 4203.0Technical elective**3.0 
CHEM 4303.0CHEM 4314.0Free electives6.0 
UNIV S2011.0   
 14 12.5 16 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BIO 4044.0BIO 3062.0CHEM 4223.0 
CHEM 3465.5CHEM 4933.0CHEM 4254.0 
CHEM 4933.0Liberal Studies elective3.0CHEM 4933.0 
Free elective3.0Free electives6.0Free elective3.0 
 15.5 14 13 
Total Credits 188.5

4 year, 1 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0CHEM 1225.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
CHEM 1215.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1234.0 
MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0PHYS 1024.0 
UNIV S1011.0PHYS 1014.0  
 18 17 16.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5BIO 2144.0Technical elective**3.0
CHEM 2466.5MATH 2004.0CHEM 2497.0Liberal Studies elective3.0
PHYS 2014.0Liberal Studies elective3.0COOP 101*1.0Free electives9.0
 Free elective3.0MATH 201 or 2104.0 
  Free elective3.0 
 16.5 16.5 19 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 2534.0CHEM 2703.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 4213.0CHEM 3572.5  
CHEM 4303.0CHEM 4203.0  
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 4314.0  
UNIV S2011.0   
 14 12.5 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CHEM 3465.5CHEM 4933.0CHEM 3713.0 
CHEM 4933.0BIO 3062.0CHEM 4223.0 
BIO 3114.0Liberal Studies elective3.0CHEM 4254.0 
BIO 4044.0Technical elective**3.0CHEM 4933.0 
 Free elective3.0  
 16.5 14 13 
Total Credits 188.5

5 year, 3 co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0CHEM 1225.0CHEM 1235.5VACATION
CHEM 1215.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 101*1.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1023.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1214.0MATH 1224.0MATH 1234.0 
UNIV S1011.0PHYS 1014.0PHYS 1024.0 
 18 17 17.5 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 230
CHEM 231
6.0CHEM 2486.5COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 2466.5MATH 2004.0  
PHYS 2014.0Free elective3.0  
 16.5 13.5 0 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BIO 2144.0CHEM 2703.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 2497.0CHEM 3572.5  
CHEM 2534.0Technical elective**3.0  
MATH 201 or 2104.0Free elective3.0  
 Liberal Studies elective3.0  
 19 14.5 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
CHEM 3673.0CHEM 4203.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
CHEM 4213.0CHEM 4314.0  
CHEM 4303.0Technical elective**3.0  
BIO 3114.0Free elective3.0  
UNIV S2011.0   
 14 13 0 0
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
CHEM 3465.5CHEM 4933.0CHEM 3713.0 
CHEM 4933.0BIO 3062.0CHEM 4223.0 
BIO 4044.0Liberal Studies elective3.0CHEM 4254.0 
Free elective3.0Free electives6.0CHEM 4933.0 
  Free elective3.0 
 15.5 14 16 
Total Credits 188.5

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Dual Degree

The bachelor's/master's (BS/MS) dual degree program is an accelerated program providing the academically qualified student with an opportunity to earn both a BS and an MS degree (two diplomas are awarded) in five years—the time normally required to finish the co-op option BS degree alone.

This is an academically demanding program, but there are several allowances built in to enable the program to be completed in the time allotted. For instance, only 180-181 rather than 190-195 undergraduate quarter credits are required. The co-op experience may be adjusted; the student may take two rather than three co-op cycles, enabling two additional quarters of on-campus study. If needed, the student may also take evening courses while on co-op. 

Eligibility

Exceptional students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and who are enrolled in the five-year co-op option program are eligible for the BS/MS program. Students formally apply to the program after they have completed 90.0 credits but before they have completed 120.0 credits. Students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the program as early as their freshman year. Students who have more than 120.0 credits are not eligible.

Transfer students are eligible to join the BS/MS program, but they must be able to complete the program in the time it would take to complete the BS degree alone. International transfer students must be able to meet the required minimum TOEFL score for the department graduate program (currently 550) in order to be admitted to the BS/MS program.

Application Process

Interested applicants need to formally apply to the program. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Admissions or in the College of Arts & Sciences advisor’s office. Applications must be accompanied by a plan of study prepared in consultation with the undergraduate and graduate advisor in the department and approved by both the department head and the dean. Entry into the program must be officially approved by both the department head and academic dean.

BS/MS Requirements

Students enrolled in the BS/MS dual degree program must complete 180-181 undergraduate quarter credits for the BS degree and at least 45.0 graduate quarter credits for the MS degree. All graduate departmental requirements must be satisfied in full, including producing a thesis, if the thesis-option master's program is elected. Master's thesis requirements may be completed in the summer term of the final year with prior approval of the department. Students in the BS/MS program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate and graduate coursework to remain in the program. Further questions about the BS/MS degree program should be directed to the departmental graduate advisor.

Additional Information

For more information, contact:

Daniel King, PhD
Undergraduate Affairs Committee Chair
Department of Chemistry
Drexel University
dk68@drexel.edu

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Opportunities for Chemistry majors include working in research and development in corporate and government laboratories in the chemical, pharmaceutical, and agricultural (e.g., U.S. Department of Agriculture) sectors. There is a remarkably high concentration of chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the Philadelphia region. Other options include entering medical, dental, law, or other professional schools.
The major in Chemistry is sufficiently flexible to allow students to prepare to teach at the secondary level. With proper selection of electives, students can meet teacher certification requirements.

Sample Co-op Opportunities

A five-year co-op degree is offered. When students complete their co-op jobs, they are asked to write an overview of their experiences. These brief quotes are taken from some recent student reports:

Assistant chemist, pharmaceuticals manufacturer: “My position involved the synthesis and characterization of target compounds in the endotheline project. Involved the development of synthetic roots to the prescribed target. This would include the investigation of reactions which were going to be used...the position was very independent...great working environment. ”

Co-op chemist, petroleum refiner: “Performed synthesis of ligands and metal complexes. Operated FT-IR spectrometer for sample analysis. Submitted samples for analysis by mass spectrometer and NMR...The position allowed me to develop the skills necessary for independent research in organic synthesis. ”

Assistant lab technician, pharmaceuticals manufacturer: “I was an assistant technician in a mass spectrometry lab...I was responsible for the development of SDS-gel electrophoresis techniques for gels and gel membranes...I developed the methods independently and my employer encouraged me to be an expert on the technique and explore any method I found that would benefit the lab. ”

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Facilities

There are nine undergraduate teaching laboratories in the department: three freshman Chemistry labs, three Organic Chemistry labs, a Physical Chemistry lab, an Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory, and a combined Analytical/Inorganic Chemistry lab.

Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
The department maintains a professionally staffed mass spectrometry facility available to all members of the university community. Currently available instrumentation consists of a Waters Autospec M high resolution magnetic-sector mass spectrometer, a Bruker Autoflex III MALDI Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer, a Thermo LTQ-FT Fourier Transform Mass Spectrometer, a Sciex API-3000 triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, and a Varian Saturn 2000 Gas Chromatograph/Ion-trap mass spectrometer system.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Laboratory
The professionally staffed Chemistry department NMR facility is equipped with 300MHz and 500MHz Varian Unity INNOVA NMR systems; both instruments have multi-nuclear capability. The probe on the 500MHz instrument is a cryogenically cooled triple resonance model (1H {13C/15N}) suitable for protein analysis. A Varian X-band 12" EPR spectrometer is also available.

Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory
The open-access departmental Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory includes two Perkin-Elmer (PE) Spectrum One Fourier-transform infrared absorption spectrometers each with a universal diamond ATR accessory, a PE Lambda-35 UV/visible spectrometer, a PE Lambda-950 UV/visible/NIR spectrometer with a 60-mm-diameter diffuse reflectance integrating sphere, a PE model 343 polarimeter, a PE LS55B luminescence spectrometer, a PE Clarus 500 capillary-column GC with dual FID detectors, a Clarus 500 capillary-column GC/MS system (with electron impact capability), a PE Series 200 Quaternary HPLC development system with UV/visible photodiode array detector, a PE Series 200 binary HPLC system interfaced to a Sciex 2000 triple-quadrupole mass spectrometer, a PE Series 2000 binary Gel Permeation Chromatography system with refractive index detector, and a Varian AA240FS flame atomic absorption spectrometer equipped with a GTA 120 Graphite Furnace Accessory.

Organic Instrumentation Laboratory
The Organic Instrumentation Laboratory (co-located with the organic synthesis teaching laboratories in the Papdakis Integrated Sciences Building) is equipped with two Perkin-Elmer (PE) Spectrum Two Fourier-transform infrared absorption spectrometers each with a universal diamond ATR accessory, a PE Clarus 500 capillary-column GC with one FID and one TCD detector, and an Anasazi EFT-90 FT-NMR system.

Other Departmental Facilities
The department has a VEECO INNOVA N3 Multimode Scanning Probe Microscope and also maintains a computational chemistry laboratory equipped with nine Dell Optiplex 790 computers running Hyperchem v 8.0. Research laboratories for each of the department faculty members are located in Disque and Stratton Halls. Instrumentation available in the research laboratories is described on individual faculty web pages. Full-time professional support includes two electronic instrument specialists (for NMR and MS- Chemistry department), two electronics specialists (College of Arts & Sciences Electronics Shop), and four machinists (Drexel University Machine Shop).

Chemistry Faculty

Jason Cross, PhD (University of Surrey (UK)). Associate Teaching Professor. Luminescent lanthanide complexes
Fraser Fleming, PhD (University of British Columbia (Canada)) Department Head, Chemistry. Professor. Nitriles, Isonitriles, Stereochemistry, Organometallics
Joe P. Foley, PhD (University of Florida). Professor. Separation science, especially the fundamentals and biomedical/pharmaceutical applications of the following voltage- or pressure-driven separation techniques: capillary electrophoresis (CE), electrokinetic chromatography, supercritical fluid chromatography, and high-performance and two-dimensional liquid chromatography (LC). Within these techniques, we explore novel separation modes (e.g., dual-opposite-injection CE and sequential elution LC), novel surfactant aggregate pseudophases, and chiral separations.
Lee Hoffman, PhD (Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia). Assistant Teaching Professor. Interfacial studies on the self-assembly of natural organic materials, understanding the nature of each component, and development of a mechanism describing this process;Dendrimer/metal nanocomposite design and synthesis hosting metal nanoparticles, utilizing the multivalent dendritic polymer architecture for further exploitation with other molecules such as antibodies and other targeting species.
Monica Ilies, PhD (Polytechnic University of Bucharest). Associate Teaching Professor. Bioorganic chemistry and chemical biology; bioinorganic chemistry and biochemistry.
Haifeng Frank Ji, PhD (Chinese Academy of Sciences). Professor. Micromechancial sensors for biological and environmental applications; Nanomechanical drug screening technology.
Daniel B. King, PhD (University of Miami). Associate Professor. Assessment of active learning methods and technology in chemistry courses; incorporation of environmental data into chemistry classroom modules; development of hands-on activities and laboratory experiments.
Dionicio Martinez-Solario, PhD (University of Alabama). Assistant Professor. Total synthesis of complex biologically active natural products serving as inspirational platforms for the discovery and development of new reactions and synthetic methods.
Craig McClure, PhD (University of Michigan). Associate Teaching Professor. Promotion of quantitative literacy in introductory courses; development of guided inquiry activities for introductory chemistry; outreach programs in STEM fields.
Kevin G. Owens, PhD (Indiana University). Associate Professor. Mass spectrometry research, including the development of sample preparation techniques for quantitative analysis and mass spectrometric imaging using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) techniques for both biological and synthetic polymer systems, the development of laser spectroscopic techniques for combustion analysis, and the development of correlation analysis and other chemometric techniques for automating the analysis of mass spectral information.
Lynn S. Penn, PhD (Bryn Mawr College). Professor. Surface modification for specific applications: chemically derivatize metal and ceramic solid surfaces; designing and executing sequential chemical processes, building complex and layered structures on surfaces, with specific focus on behavior of polymer brushes (investigating the fundamental transport-selective behavior of polymer brushes because of potential in drug delivery, biomedical devices and as an explanation of some biological processes).
Susan A. Rutkowsky, PhD (Drexel University) Associate Department Head. Associate Teaching Professor. Development of labs and lecture demonstrations for general and organic chemistry courses; STEM outreach programs.
Jeremiah Scepaniak, PhD (New Mexico State University). Assistant Professor. Design transition metal-based contrast agents for MRI & synthesis of bimetallic complexes to activate small molecules.
Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner, PhD (Universitat Bremen (Germany)). Professor. Exploring conformational ensembles of unfolded or partially folded peptides and proteins; determining the parameters governing peptide self-aggregation; structure and function of heme proteins; investigating protein-membrane interactions; use of IR, VCD, Raman, NMR and absorption spectroscopy for structure analysis.
Karl Sohlberg, PhD (University of Delaware). Associate Professor. Computational and theoretical materials-related chemistry: (1) complex catalytic materials; (2) mechanical and electrical molecular devices.
Anthony Wambsgans, PhD (Rice University). Associate Teaching Professor.
Ezra Wood Associate Professor. Radical chemistry and formation of secondary pollutants in urban and forest environments, impacts of biomass burning on air pollution and climate change, pollutant emissions, and design and deployment of novel instrumentation for field studies.
Jun Xi, PhD (Cornell University). Associate Teaching Professor. Biomacromolecular interactions both in solution and in confined environment; mechanisms of DNA replication and DNA repair; structure and function of molecular chaperones; drug target identification and new therapeutic development; single molecule enzymology; DNA directed organic synthesis.

Emeritus Faculty

Anthony W. Addison, PhD (University of Kent at Canterbury, England). Professor Emeritus. Design and synthesis of novel biomimetic and oligonuclear chelates of copper, nickel, iron, ruthenium and vanadium; their interpretation by magnetochemical, electrochemical and spectroscopic methods, including electron spin resonance; CD and ESR spectroscopy and kinetics for elucidation of molecular architecture of derivatives (including NO) of oxygen-binding and electron-transfer heme- and non-heme iron metalloproteins of vertebrate and invertebrate origins; energy-transfer by Ru, Ir and lanthanide-containing molecules and assemblies.
Amar Nath, PhD (Moscow State University, Moscow USSR). Professor Emeritus.
Peter A. Wade, PhD (Purdue University). Professor Emeritus. Exploration of a newly discovered [3,3]-sigmatropic rearrangement in which O-allyl nitronic esters are thermally converted to γ,δ-unsaturated nitro compounds; development and exploitation of a carbon-based hemiacetal mimic; and exploration of cycloaddition reactions involving nitroethylene derivatives and novel nitrile oxides.
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