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Department Chair:

Petar Dvornic

Contact Person:
Linda Hoesli

Phone: 620-235-4748
Fax: 620-235-4003

Chemistry Department
101 Heckert-Wells
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Department of Chemistry

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The Pittsburg State University Department of Chemistry offers a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Science, and Master's Degree in chemistry. The Chemistry department offers a degree certified by the American Chemical society. These degrees open many doors for serious students. Positions are available in industry, in plastics, in secondary education, and in environmental chemistry. A large fraction of chemistry students seek further education in graduate schools. Many also pursue careers in related fields such as medicine, pharmacy and engineering.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science, Major in Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dental Profession
All prospective pre-medicine students should see a Chemistry Department Pre-Medicine Advisor prior to their first registration. This program is also designed for pre-dental, pre-physical therapy, pre-veterinary and other medically related programs.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Biochemistry
The emphasis in Biochemistry can be done by substituting CHEM 575 Biochemistry I and CHEM 576 Biochemistry I Laboratory for the analytical chemistry. CHEM 773 Biochemistry II and CHEM 774 Biochemistry II Laboratory would be selected as the advanced elective.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Chemistry
An appropriate minor or second major should be chosen from Engineering Technology or Biology. A course in Statistics is highly recommended. An undergraduate research experience in analytical chemistry is highly recommended.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Polymer Chemistry
The chemistry electives chosen for the Option II major should be CHEM 620 Polymer Chemistry and CHEM 621 Polymer Chemistry Laboratory. If an advanced polymer course and laboratory is offered it may be used as a substitute for the analytical chemistry course. The suggested minor or second major should be selected from Plastics Engineering Technology.

Bachelor of Science, Major in Chemical Sales and Service
The chemistry electives should be chosen to best fit the desired career. A minor in economics or business administration or a second major in economics, marketing, or management is suggested. Due to the growth of multi-national corporations and the increased interest in international trade, students selecting this career goal should strongly consider foreign language courses when selecting electives in the area of languages and cultures.

Bachelor of Science in Education, Major in Chemistry
The Bachelor of Science in Education degree requires a minimum of 124 semester hours.  Students planning to teach should become familiar with the current Regulations for Certifying School Personnel, issued by The State Board of Education. Information concerning these regulations may be obtained from the Director of Teacher Education, 110 Hughes Hall, Pittsburg State University.

Minor in Chemistry
At least 20 semester hours in chemistry. Students may not count both CHEM 105/106 Introductory Chemistry/ Laboratory and CHEM 215/216 General Chemistry I/Laboratory or both CHEM 320/326 Introductory Organic Chemistry/Laboratory and CHEM 325/326 Organic Chemistry I/ Laboratory, nor any geology courses toward the 20 semester hours.

Graduate Degree Programs

Master of Science, Major in Chemistry
The Master of Science degree with a major in chemistry is available in two options. Option I, a thesis program, is designed to prepare students for advanced professional careers. The Option II program is designed to prepare students for advanced technical positions in chemistry, chemical technology or chemical related industry.

Specialist in Education, Major in Chemistry
The degree of Specialist in Education with chemistry as the major teaching field for secondary and community college teachers is offered by the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies in cooperation with the Department of Chemistry. Details concerning these degrees are available from the Department of Special Services and Leadership Studies.