The curricula in Chemistry serve those preparing for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, chemical engineering, pharmacy, and allied fields as well as those seeking a general knowledge of chemistry as part of a liberal arts education. Beyond the first-year courses, there is an emphasis on development of technical knowledge and laboratory experience needed in chemistry and related scientific fields. The undergraduate concentration programs prepare students for work in research and testing laboratories, as well as for business positions in which a chemistry background is desirable. Graduate work is necessary for those planning to do college and university teaching or industrial research.
Introductory Courses. The Chemistry Department has three types of courses available to students starting toward careers in any of the sciences, engineering, or medicine. Students are placed into these courses according to the results of the tests in chemistry and mathematics that they take during orientation. Either Chemistry 130 or Chemistry 210/211 can be the starting point for students interested in the sciences, engineering, or medicine. Chemistry 130 has a section reserved for students who would benefit from more frequent contact with faculty. Honors students, students with Advanced Placement in chemistry, and other students with good preparation in high school chemistry have the opportunity to start their study in chemistry with courses 210/211, which introduce the major concepts of chemistry in the context of organic chemistry. This curriculum allows students to progress more rapidly to advanced courses in chemistry and to be able to participate earlier in undergraduate research.
Special Departmental Policies. The Department requires that a student earn a grade of at least C- in all chemistry courses which are prerequisite for subsequent elections. A concentration program grade point average of at least 2.0 is required; this includes chemistry courses, mathematics and physics prerequisites and advanced electives which are part of a concentration plan. Students must request any change in a grade before the end of the next regular academic term.
Safety Regulations. No contact lenses will be allowed in any chemistry laboratory. In laboratory classes students must wear either prescription or safety glasses at all times.
Student Associations. Chemistry and biochemistry concentrators are eligible to become
student affiliates of the American Chemical Society. An active chapter exists in the Chemistry Department and provides opportunities for a variety of activities related to chemistry. In addition, Alpha Chi Sigma fraternity maintains a chapter house near campus. Men and women concentrating in chemistry, chemical engineering, and other related fields are eligible for membership.
Phi Lambda Upsilon, an honorary chemical society, maintains a chapter at the University of Michigan. Its members have achieved academic excellence in chemistry, chemical engineering, or pharmacy.
Awards and Prizes. The Department offers several undergraduate awards and prizes. The Undergraduate Awards Committee invites winners to attend the Undergraduate Awards Luncheon in April of each year.
Margaret and Herman Sokol Scholarship. For 8 incoming freshmen with an interest in chemis-try or biochemistry and with registration in a chemistry course.
Summer Fellowships of $3500 for ten week so full-time research with chemistry faculty. Stu-dents apply in February of each year.
CRC Press Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award.
One complimentary copy of CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics awarded to one first year student with exceptional performance in chemistry courses.
First Year Chemistry Achievement Award. For first year chemistry students who have demonstrated exceptional performance in laboratory and lecture work. Based on recommendations of instructors, graduate student instructors, and undergraduate advisors. Commended for outstanding promise as young scientists. Presented with a book, selected by instructor, that relates to the broad and interesting world of science.
Alpha Chi Sigma First Year Student Award - $100. For first year student in Chemistry who has demonstrated an interest in chemistry, shown outstanding academic potential and has exhibited productive interaction with fellow students. Award determined by UG Awards Committee in consultation with professors and GSI's in the courses. Gift certificate at Borders for books to be chosen with national representative of Alpha Chi Sigma or departmental faculty member.
Carlene Friedley Scholarship for undergraduate woman at any level (incoming junior or senior, $1000 in 2000), 3.0 gpa, scholarship/and/or financial need
Outstanding Second Year Student. Book and bookstore credit awarded for outstanding academic and research work. $100 total. Research advisor and student choose books for presentation.
National Starch Chemistry Scholarship. $1000 award for incoming sophomore, junior or senior studying chemistry. Selection is based on academic achievement and research achievement.
American Chemical Society Analytical Chemistry Award. Subscription to Analytical Chemistry + $150 awarded to outstanding junior. Must have completed Chem. 260/241/242 and be in or have taken Chem. 447.
Lubrizol Chemistry Scholarship.
$1000 tuition award for incoming junior or senior studying chemistry. Selection is based primarily on academic achievement. Good citizenship and leadership qualities are also considered.
American Institute of Chemists Award. Recognition of potential advancement of the chemical profession on the basis of a student's demonstrated record of ability, character and scholastic achievement. Student Associate membership in AIC, subscription to "The Chemist" and monetary award from the Department. $250 + journal subscription. 1 award for chemistry and 1 award for biochemistry.
Honors College Vanko Memorial Award. Recognition of well-rounded senior chemist or biochemist with monetary award. $250
Merck Index Award to Outstanding Seniors. Recognition of academic and research work. Complimentary Merck Indices.
Huron Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leadership Award - $250. As presented in the citation, the award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of an individual who, in the mind of the selection committee, has represented the best interests of the Chemistry Department, and chemistry in general, in private and public forums over an extended period of time. Activities might include, and are not limited to, leadership in activities of undergraduate chemistry organizations (AXE, ACS affiliates), representing the chemistry department in local, alum, or national forums, and general professional service. The Section does not recommend that course performance and grades be used as a significant criterion for this award, although general scholarship is expected.
Seyhan N. Ege Award of the University of Michigan Women in Science and Engineering Program. As presented in the citation, the $250 award is designed to recognize the accomplishments of an undergraduate woman or student of color who, in the mind of the selection committee, has represented the best interests of the chemistry department, and chemistry in general, and who signifies scholarship, leadership, and the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences.
Concentration Program Options. The Department of Chemistry offers programs leading to a (1) Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in
chemistry (B.S. degree, 120 credits); (2) Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree (B.S. Chem. degree, 124 credits); (3) a B.S. Chem. degree with Honors in chemistry. The Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S. Chem.) degree requires a more rigorous and more specialized program of study. The program leading to
Honors in chemistry is available to qualified students. (4) The department participates in and administers an interdepartmental concentration "Biochemistry." It is possible to incorporate a
teaching certificate into any of these program options. In addition there is a five year
joint degree program with the College of Engineering which leads to a
B.S. Chem. and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical Engineering). Information about the program leading to the joint degree with the College of Engineering and general information about teaching certificate requirements are described
elsewhere in this Bulletin ; departmental requirements for these programs are described below. It is strongly recommended that students who are thinking of degrees in chemistry stop by Room 1500 Chemistry to talk to a
chemistry advisor as soon as possible, preferably before the end of the freshman year but certainly before the end of the sophomore year.
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