Department of Physical Sciences

The Department of Physical Sciences offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Chemistry and Physics and the Associate in Applied Science degree with a major in Engineering.


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY (340)

Chemistry is central to the study of all modern sciences and is therefore prerequisite to and required by many separate disciplines, even for their introductory courses. Since chemistry as a discipline is designed and structured as a vertical hierarchy (each course follows another and the preceding course is a required prerequisite) it is important to start the study of chemistry early in your college career. A basic year to two years of chemistry are required for entry into most allied health programs such as pharmacy, medical technology, physical and occupational therapy, radiological technology, biotechnology, and environmental sciences. A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry may be used to enter industry, teach, fulfill requirements for pre-professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, chemical engineering, and to enter graduate school for the further study of forensic science, chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, environmental science and other advanced programs.

At Cameron University there are three options to select from within the chemistry program. The selected option should be based upon the student’s long-term occupational goal. The American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Chemistry Degree Option is recommended for students considering a career in chemistry, especially those considering graduate study in any field of chemistry including engineering. Our non-ACS Chemistry Degree Option requires fewer upper-level chemistry courses, and the student must select a minor, usually biology or mathematics. This course of study is recommended for those wishing to prepare for industry, engineering, and graduate study. For graduate study in most areas, the ACS Certified Chemistry Degree Option is probably the better program, although both chemistry degree programs have been well received by graduate institutions. The Health Profession Chemistry Degree Option is a non-traditional approach. This course of study is recommended for those wishing to prepare for careers in the health industries (medicine, osteopathy, optometry, dentistry, veterinary medicine) because it overlaps and fulfills almost all pre-professional admission requirements as part of the degree plan. Please note that all chemistry degree programs require Physics I and Physics II in addition to the minimum chemistry requirements. There are several possible goals not addressed here that should be discussed further with an advisor.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The Chemistry program requires specific courses for meeting General Education requirements in mathematics and physical science as follows:

Mathematics – MATH 2215

Physical Science CHEM 1361 and 1364

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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

*Students must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA for all Major courses.

A. Required Core Courses (25 hours)

CHEM 1361/1364, CHEM 1471/1474, CHEM 3113, CHEM 3232, CHEM 3314, CHEM 3324, PSCI 4442

B. Concentration and Options
Majors must select from the following options below:

American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified Chemistry Option

Required Courses (37 hours)

CHEM 4025, CHEM 4403, CHEM 4334, CHEM 4351, CHEM 4353, CHEM 4361, CHEM 4363, CHEM 4491-3**, MATH 2235, MATH 2244, MATH 3253, MATH 4433 (preferred) or MATH 2613.

**Only three hours of CHEM 4491-3 may be counted toward completion of the required fifty hours for chemistry degree. Must take a minimum of two credit hours of Special Problems in Research.

Electives (0-2 hours, as needed) 

CHEM 2441, CHEM 3334, CHEM 3343, CHEM 4401, CHEM 4411, CHEM 4413, CHEM 4332, CHEM 4481-3

Chemistry Degree Option (non-ACS) (must select minor) 

Required Courses (8 hours) 
Choose one concentration: Physical Chemistry or Biochemistry

1. Physical Chemistry: CHEM 4351, CHEM 4353, CHEM 4361, and CHEM 4363

2. Biochemistry: CHEM 4401, CHEM 4403, CHEM 4411, and CHEM 4413  

Required Upper Division Analytical Elective (3-5 hours )
CHEM 3334 or CHEM 3343 or CHEM 4025

Electives (0-2 hours, as needed) 
CHEM 2441, CHEM 3334, CHEM 3343, CHEM 4025, CHEM 4332, CHEM 4334, CHEM 4481-3, CHEM 4491-3*

*Only 3 hours of CHEM 4491-3 may be counted toward completion of the required 50 hours for chemistry degree.

Health Profession Chemistry Degree Option  

Required Courses (23 hours)
CHEM 4401, CHEM 4403, CHEM 4411, CHEM 4413, BIOL 1364, BIOL 1474, BIOL 2124 or BIOL 3154, CIS 1013

Guided Electives (17 hours )
1. Must select at least one lower division course from the following: AGRC 1124, BIOL 2034, BIOL 2134, or BIOL 2154

2. Substitutions can be made for other professional health programs.  ANIM 3653, BIOL 3014, BIOL 3093, BIOL 3174, BIOL 4004, CHEM 3334, CHEM 3343, CHEM 4025, CHEM 4332, CHEM 4334, CHEM 4481-3, CHEM 4491-3*, STAT 2013

*Only 3 hours of CHEM 4491-3 may be counted toward completion of the required 50 hours for chemistry degree.

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IV. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

PHYS 1115 or PHYS 2015 (preferred) and PHYS 1215 or PHYS 2025 (preferred)

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN PHYSICS (385)

Physics is one of the basic sciences required by many disciplines. The Physics program at Cameron University emphasizes the multi-disciplinary approach and meets the needs of most pre-engineering programs. Graduates of the program generally enter industry (aerospace and defense industries are most common) or go on to graduate studies in physics, mathematics, computer science or other related areas. The Physics program requires that a minor in Mathematics be completed as fulfillment of the prerequisite courses for the upper division physics courses. Flexibility in the program is obtained by allowing the student to choose courses for study from the areas of chemistry, technology, and mathematics to fulfill degree requirements.

REQUIREMENTSHOURS
I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The Physics program requires specific courses for meeting General Education requirements in mathematics and physical science as follows:

Mathematics – MATH 2215

Physical Science – CHEM 1361 and 1364

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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*

*Students must maintain an overall 2.0 GPA for all Major courses.

A. Required Courses (28 hours)

PHYS 1115 or PHYS 2015, PHYS 1215 or PHYS 2025, PHYS 3003, PHYS 3011, PHYS 3043, PHYS 3303, PHYS 3403, PHYS 4113, PSCI 4442

B. Course Options (4-5 hours)

Option A: Electronics (5 hours)

PHYS 3031 and PHYS 3024

Option B: Optics (4 hours)

PHYS 4401 and PHYS 4403

C. Other Elective Courses (7-8 hours)

CHEM 4353, CHEM 4363, PHYS 3033, PHYS 4452, PHYS 4481-3, PHYS 4491-3

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IV. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

CHEM 1474/1471, CIS 2013 (or similar), MATH 2235, MATH 2244, and MATH 3253.

Depending upon high school background, some students may also need: MATH 0013, MATH 0103, MATH 0213 and/or MATH 0115, MATH 1513, MATH 1613 and/or MATH 1715 as prerequisites. Some of these courses may be used to satisfy General Education requirements.

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V. MINOR REQUIREMENTS

(Mathematics or Chemistry minor strongly recommended.)

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VI. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 124 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.


ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE
MAJOR IN ENGINEERING (545)

REQUIREMENTSHOURS

I. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

The Engineering program requires specific course for meeting General Education requirements, as follows:

ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213, MATH 2215, HIST 1483 or HIST 1493, PS 1113, CHEM 1361, CHEM 1364, PHYS 2015

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II. UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS

UNIV 1001 or 1113

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III. MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

A. Required Core Courses (12 hours)

ENGR 1411, ENGR 1412, ENGR 2113, ENGR 2223, ENGR 2723

B. Area of Concentration (11-14 hours)

Option 1 Mechanical Engineering (11 hours)

ENGR 2002, ENGR 2213, ENGR 2533, PHYS 2213 or Higher*

Option 2 Electrical Engineering (12 hours)

CS 1313, ENGR 2002, ENGR 2314, ENGR 2713

Option 3 Civil Engineering (12 hours)

GEOL 1014, CHEM 1471, CHEM 1474, ENGR 2153

Option 4 Environmental Engineering (14 hours)

CHEM 1471, CHEM 1474, CHEM XXX4**, ENGR 2002, ENGR 2153

Option 5 Industrial Engineering (11 hours)

CS 1313, ENGR 2002, ENGR 2213, ENGR 2533

*PHYS 3003 & 3011 strongly encouraged.

**CHEM 3314 strongly encouraged.

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IV. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

MATH 2235, MATH 2244, MATH 2613***, PHYS 2025

***MATH 3253 strongly encouraged.

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V. ELECTIVES TO COMPLETE 68-73 HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION.