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Chemistry Programs

The mission of the undergraduate degree program in chemistry is to offer a general and specific set of courses in several areas in chemistry that will provide students with a fundamental understanding, through qualitative and quantitative reasoning, of matter and energy and the changes that they undergo. The program is designed to prepare students for advanced degrees in graduate or professional programs and for students who are seeking to immediately enter the work force as teachers and technicians. Because few students major in chemistry, graduates tend to find options for further study and career opportunities.

Chemistry for Non-Majors

Non-chemistry majors who choose to fulfill part of their General Education requirements with CHEM 100 Chemistry and Society (3) , CHEM 141 Surv Organ Chem & Biochem (3) , or CHEM 151 Elementary Survey of Chemistry (3) will gain insight into the chemical nature of the universe.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

The B.S. in Chemistry is designed to provide students with the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Explain and utilize a fundamental understanding of analytical, inorganic, instrumental, organic and physical chemistry.
  2. Communicate a basic understanding of physics and its connection with chemistry.
  3. Apply differential and integral calculus in solving scientific problems.
  4. Use statistical methods to analyze and interpret data.
  5. Exhibit basic chemistry laboratory skills and techniques.
  6. Explain and utilize an understanding of the relationship of chemistry and the environment.
  7. Explain and utilize an understanding of how chemistry informs biology, health sciences, or agriculture.
  8. Productively participate in chemical research.
  9. Engage in scientific inquiry.
  10. Independently prepare and present scientific findings or research at a seminar.

Multi-Year Course Cycle for Chemistry Courses

This multi‐year course cycle shows the number of expected sections for chemistry classess projected out for at least the next two years. If the cell is blank, then that course will not be offered. This plan is subject to change without notice. Course offerings depend on university budget, student demand, and instructor availability. Should a substitute course be deemed necessary, a reasonable effort will be made to ensure the new course will continue to fulfill the same major requirement as the original course. Students are expected to meet with their advisor at least once per semester when planning their pathway to success at UH Hilo. The Class Schedule provides the most up‐to‐date scheduling information. The Catalog Course Descriptions provides course descriptions and prequisites, if any, for each course in the table.

Course Course Title F 23 Sp 24 F 24 Sp 25 F 25 Sp 26 F 26 Sp 27 F 27 Sp 28
CHEM 100 Chem & Society 1 1 1 1
CHEM 100L Chem & Society Lab 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 141 Surv Organ & Biochem 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
CHEM 151 Elem Surv Chem 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 151L Elem Surv Chem Lab 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 161 Gen Chem I 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2
CHEM 161L Gen Chem I Lab 7 3 6 3 6 3 6 3 6 3
CHEM 162 Gen Chem II 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3
CHEM 162L Gen Chem II Lab 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4
CHEM 272 Organic Chem I 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1
CHEM 272L Organic Chem I Lab 4 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 2
CHEM 273 Organic Chem II 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
CHEM 273L Organic Chem II Lab 2 4 2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3
Course Course Title F 23 Sp 24 F 24 Sp 25 F 25 Sp 26 F 26 Sp 27 F 27 Sp 28
CHEM 274 Analytical Chem 1 1 1
CHEM 274L Analytical Chem Lab 1 1 1
CHEM 320 Desc Inorganic Chem 1 1
CHEM 350 Phys Chem Life Sci 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 350L Phys Chem Life Sci Lab 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 431 Inst Analysis 1 1
CHEM 431L Inst Analysis Lab 1 1
CHEM 445 Research Methods 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 445L Research Methods Lab 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 495A Seminar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
CHEM 495B Seminar 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1