College of Science & Mathematics

Dr. Kristina Proctor, Dean

Academic Departments

Biology

Majors: Biology (BS)
    Emphasis Areas:
        Biology Secondary Certification
        Biomedical Science
            Pre-Chiropractic
            Pre-Dental
            Pre-Medical
            Pre-Occupational Therapy
            Pre-Optometric
            Pre-Pharmacy
            Pre-Physical Therapy
            Pre-Physician Assistant
            Pre-Podiatric Medicine
            Pre-Veterinary
        Cellular and Molecular Biosciences
            Bioinformatics
            Cellular
            Forensics
            Medical Terminology
        Environmental Biosciences
            Environmental Health
            Environmental Technology
            Pre-Ecology
            Pre-Forestry/Wildlife
        Pre-Nutrition Dietetics*
            *(degree awarded thru CSU-Fort Collins)
Applied Natural Science (MS)
    Emphasis Area:
        Biological Sciences

Minors: Biology
Professional Biology

 

Chemistry

Majors: Chemistry (BS)
    Emphasis Areas:
        ASC Certified
        Biochemistry
        Forensic Science
        Pre-Medicine
        Pre-Pharmacy
        Pre-Veterinary
        Secondary Teaching Certification
Applied Natural Science (MS)
    Emphasis Areas:
        Biochemical Sciences
        Chemical Sciences
   
Minors: Chemistry
Forensic Science
 


Mathematics and Physics

Majors: Mathematics (BA, BS)
    Emphasis Area:
        Secondary Certification
Physics (BS)
    Emphasis Areas:
        Biophysics     
        Chemical
        Engineering
        Physical Science Secondary Certification
            Certification
        Physics Secondary Certification
  
Minors: Computational Mathematics
Mathematics
Physical Science
Physics

Mission

The College of Science and Mathematics offers quality, competitive Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs that prepare graduates for success in professional and graduate programs, and for careers in the biological and physical sciences and mathematics. The College also supports a strong general education program by providing core curricula in science and mathematics, for students pursuing careers in the health and environmental sciences, engineering, technology, and teacher education. The CSM provides advanced learning opportunities for students via faculty mentored research projects and internships that promote the discovery of new information and the application of new knowledge. The CSM supports the community, region and related professions through outreach including initiatives that enhance economic development, scientific literacy, and K-12 education.

The College offers BS degree programs in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, and a BA in mathematics. The BS in chemistry is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS). The College also offers a master of science in applied natural sciences (MSANS) with emphasis areas in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry that can be obtained separately or along with the bachelors’ degree in a combined five-year, 3+2 program.

Departments of biology, chemistry, and mathematics/physics provide versatile major programs with select emphasis areas and minors characterized by  appropriate solid fundamental science and mathematics curriculum, coupled with specialized and often interdisciplinary courses. Emphasis areas within major programs and minors, provide preparation for future careers in areas as diverse as medicine, pharmacy, teaching (certification for elementary and secondary), forensic science, environmental health and technology, computational mathematics, biophysics, bioinformatics, and many others.

In addition to offering a modern and career-oriented curriculum, academic programs provide opportunities for faculty-directed undergraduate and master-level research, and internship with local companies, government laboratories and agencies. These experiences are critical to applied student learning and significantly enhance the success of graduates in gaining employment and acceptance into graduate and professional programs at the regional, state and national levels.

Academic programs in the College are housed in three newly renovated buildings, totaling over 149,000 gross square feet and $18 million in improvements including a technology enhanced infrastructure to deliver state-of-the-art instruction in both lecture and laboratory environments. Programs incorporate use of an impressive collection of advanced instrumentation and equipment in the curriculum, providing graduates advanced skills and a competitive edge within respective professions in our modern and technologically advanced society.


MASTERS DEGREE IN APPLIED NATURAL SCIENCE 3+2 PLAN (BS/MS)

A unique and distinct feature in the MSANS program is the 3+2 plan. The 3+2 plan gives qualified advanced-level undergraduate students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue both the baccalaureate (BS) and master of science (MS) degrees. With this plan students are moved quickly toward expanding their academic and scientific horizons based on the student’s abilities and personal motivation.

Students in the 3+2 plan are expected to successfully complete the requirements for both the BS and MS degrees by the end of their fifth year in college. Students are simultaneously awarded both the BS and MS degrees in five years, thus shortening the normal time to receive both degrees from six years to five years. They must apply and be admitted into the MSANS program by the Spring semester of their junior year (preferred) or by the start of the Fall semester of the senior year. Students applying to the 3+2 plan must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.25 GPA in their subject emphasis area (biology, biochemistry, or chemistry - see below).

The application file for admission to the 3+2 plan must include:

  1. A completed MSANS application form;

  2. A CSU-Pueblo transcript;

  3. Two letters of recommendation from CSU-Pueblo faculty; and

  4. GRE scores (students may be admitted into the 3+2 plan before taking the GRE, but they must submit satisfactory GRE scores by the end of their first year in the 3+2 MSANS program plan to remain in the program).

Before being admitted to the 3+2 plan, students are expected to have completed or be taking the following course work depending on the respective emphasis areas in which they have interest.

Biology Emphasis:

Courses Titles
BIOL 301/L General Microbiology + Lab
BIOL 350 Mendelian and Population Genetics
BIOL 351 Molecular Biology and Genetics
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II + Lab
PHYS 202/L Principles of Physics II + Lab
MATH 221 Applied Calculus
OR
MATH 156 Statistics


Biochemistry or Chemistry Emphasis:

Courses Titles
CHEM 121/L General Chemistry I + Lab
CHEM 122/L General Chemistry II + Lab
CHEM 301/L Organic Chemistry I + Lab
CHEM 302/L Organic Chemistry II + Lab
CHEM 221/L Inorganic Chemistry + Lab
OR
CHEM 421/ Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
PHYS 221/L General Physics I + Lab
PHYS 222/L General Physics II + Lab
MATH 224 Calculus & Analytical Geometry II

The core course requirements and all other requirements for the 3+2 plan are the same as for the regular MSANS program plan. Dual-listed courses taken by the 3+2 plan students as 400 level courses may be acceptable as electives to meet the minimum program course load requirements with the permission of the specific course instructor and the MSANS Program Director. It is expected that students take any 400/500 level courses at the 500 level once they are enrolled in the 3+2 program. Like students in the regular MSANS program plan, students admitted under the 3+2 plan may chose either the thesis or non-thesis (internship) program option.

Additional information about the MSANS program and its requirements is found in the MSANS section listed in the Graduate Programs section of the catalog

 

BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Department Chair: McLean

Faculty:    D. Caprioglio, H. Caprioglio, Diawara, Gabaldón, Herrmann, Martínez, Seilheimer, Smith,   Vanden Heuvel
 

The major in biology leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. The biology major is sufficiently flexible for students to prepare for a wide variety of professional careers. Carefully supervised career planning is a fundamental strength of the program.

The student majoring in biology may plan to enter the workplace upon graduation or continue study in graduate or professional school. Biomedical Sciences emphasis encompasses prep for pre-professional programs including: pre-chiropractic, pre-forestry, pre-optometry, pre-physical therapy, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician assistant, pre-podiatric medicine, pre-veterinary medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-medicine or pre-osteopathic medicine. Frequently, pre-professional study involves a combination of majors or a major and minor. For example, many pre-medical students choose a double major in biology and chemistry.

Each of the pre-professional programs has an advisor who can provide detailed and current information about the undergraduate work, which the student should pursue to provide the foundation necessary for later entry into a professional school. The student should contact the specialized advisor as early as possible. A list of advisors is available in the departmental office (LS 210).

Biology majors also may seek teacher certification at the secondary level. Each student should obtain a written description of specific degree requirements from the appropriate education and biology advisors. Biology students who are considering attending graduate school should take one year of a foreign language and should plan to take the Graduate Record Examination during the senior year.

The biology department offers several emphasis areas:

  • Basic Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  •     Pre-Chiropractic
        Pre-Dental
        Pre-Medical
        Pre-Occupational Therapy
        Pre-Optometric
        Pre-Pharmacy
        Pre-Physical Therapy
        Pre-Physician Assistant
        Pre-Podiatric Medicine
        Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Environmental Biosciences
  •     Environmental Health
        Environmental Technology
        Pre-Ecology
        Pre-Forestry/Wildlife
  • Cellular and Molecular Biosciences
  •     Bioinformatics
        Cellular
        Forensics
        Medical Technology
  • Biology/Chemistry Double Major
  • Biology Secondary Certification
  • Pre-Nutrition/Dietetics (Cooperative program with CSU-Fort Collins)

Department Goals

  • To prepare students to become productive, accountable and responsible employees upon entering the work force;

  • To prepare students to enter and succeed in graduate or professional schools;

  • To develop in students a broad-based theoretical foundation supplemented by laboratory and field experience that allow individual observations, interpretations and applications; and

  • To allow those students seeking a minor in biology to supplement and strengthen the major field of study.

 Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Students majoring in biology must receive a grade of C or better (2.000) in all core biology courses.

  • Students graduating with a BS in biology must have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major area. A cumulative GPA of 2.600 in the major area is required for admission to the teacher education program.

  • Students majoring in biology must demonstrate computer literacy. This can be met by CIS 100, CIS 103 and CIS 104 courses.

  • Graduates are required to demonstrate intellectual skills and knowledge in math and supporting sciences.

  • Graduates are encouraged to complete a minor outside the biology department.

  • Biology majors are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of basic laboratory tools used in biology for observation and analysis, phylogenetic relationships, relationships between form and function, and population/ecological dynamics.

Biology graduates are expected to:

  1. Read critically, think reflectively, and review historical and current literature in the biological sciences;
     
  2. Apply basic knowledge of the related fields of chemistry, mathematics and physics to problem-solving in biology;

  3. Formulate logical hypotheses;

  4. Design and carry out well-designed, well-controlled tests of scientific hypotheses;

  5. Have a knowledge of basic biology terminology;

  6. Have a broad-based background in molecular, cellular, organismic and ecological biology; and
     
  7. Gather information and present it accurately in oral and written reports.

 

Core Requirements for the Biology Major

BIOL Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  171  Career Planning I 

1

BIOL  191/L  College Biology I/Botany/Lab 

5

BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 

5

BIOL  212/L  Intro to Cellular Biology/Lab 

3

BIOL  301/L  General Microbiology/Lab 

5

BIOL  350  Mendelian & Population Genetics 

2

BIOL  351  Molecular Biology and Genetics 

2

BIOL  352  Evolutionary Biology and Ecology 

3

BIOL  412/L  Cellular Biology/Lab 

4

OR

 

BIOL  413/L  Plant Physiology/Lab 

4

OR
BIOL  414/L  Vertebrate Physiology/Lab 

4

BIOL  493  Seminar 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    31


  • Basic Biology Emphasis

Required Biology Core Courses 

31

Advisor-Approved Upper Division Biology Electives

 14

 __________
 TOTAL    45

Required Support Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  302/L  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 

5

MATH  156  Introduction to Statistics 

3

MATH  221  Applied Calculus  

4

PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I/Lab 

4

PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II/Lab 

4

SPCOM  103  Speaking and Listening (H) 

3

__________
TOTAL    38


Institutional and General Education 

21

General Electives 

16


Total credit hours 

120


  • Biomedical Sciences Emphasis

Includes Pre-professional programs: Chiropractic, Dental, Medical, Occupational Therapy, Optometric, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, Podiatric Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine.
See Basic Biology Emphasis above and consult with academic advisor for other requirements. Electives vary with professional area.

  • Environmental Biosciences Emphasis

Includes Pre-Ecology, Pre-Forestry and Wildlife, Environmental Health and Environmental Technology.

Basic Biology Emphasis above with these required electives:

BIOL Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  443/L  Limnology/Lab 

4

BIOL  453/L  Ecology/Lab 

4


Consult with academic advisor for other requirements, which vary with emphasis.

  • Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Emphasis

Includes Basic Cell & Molecular, Bioinformatics, Forensics, and Medical Technology. Consult with academic advisor for specific requirements.


Basic Cellular and Molecular Biosciences

Basic Biology Emphasis with the following required courses:

Courses  Titles 

Credits

Biology required core with BIOL 412/L 

31

BIOL  351L  Advanced Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 

2

CHEM  311  Survey of Biochemistry

 

OR

 

CHEM  411  Biochemistry I 

3

Advisor approved Upper Division Biology Electives 

9

 __________
 TOTAL    45



Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

Courses  Titles 

Credits

Biology required core with BIOL 412/L 

31

BIOL  351L  Advanced Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 

2

CHEM  411  Biochemistry I 

3

BIOL  450  Survey of Genomics and  Bioinformatics 

3

Advisor approved Upper Division Biology Electives 

4

___________
 TOTAL    43



Required Support Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  302/L  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  412/L  Biochemistry II/Lab 

5

CIS  171  Intro to Java Programming 

4

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  256  Probability for Engineers & Scientists 

3

MATH  356  Statistics for Engineers & Scientists 

3

PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I/Lab

 

AND

 

PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II/Lab 

8

OR

 

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab

 

AND

 

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

10

SPCOM  103  Speaking and Listening (H) 

3

 _____________
 TOTAL     56-58

Institutional and General Education 

21

Total credit hours 

120-122


Forensics

Courses  Titles 

Credits

Biology required core with BIOL 412/L 

31

BIOL  351L  Advanced Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 

2

CHEM  411  Biochemistry I 

3

Advisor approved Upper Division Biology Electives 

9

 __________
 TOTAL    45



Required Support Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  302/L  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  160/L  Intro to Forensic Science/Lab 

4

CHEM  260/L  Forensic Chemistry I/Lab 

4

CHEM  460/L  Forensic Chemistry II/Lab 

4

MATH  156  Introduction to Statistics 

3

MATH  221  Applied Calculus: An Intuitive Approach 

4

PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I/Lab 

4

PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II/Lab 

4

SPCOM  103  Speaking and Listening (H) 

3

 __________
 TOTAL    50


Institutional and General Education 

21

General Electives 

4

Total credit hours 

120


  • Biology/Chemistry Double Major Emphasis

Required Biology core with BIOL 493 or CHEM 493, Seminar 

31

Advisor Approved Biology electives 

9

 __________
 TOTAL    40


Required Support Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I/Lab

 

AND

 

PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II/Lab 

8

OR

 

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab

 

AND

 

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

10

SPCOM  103  Speaking and Listening (H) 

3

____________
TOTAL   21-23



Chemistry Core

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  221/L  Inorganic Chemistry/Lab 

3

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  302/L  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  317/L  Quantitative Analysis/Lab 

5

CHEM  321  Physical Chemistry I 

3

CHEM  322  Physical Chemistry II 

3

CHEM  419/L  Instrumental Analysis/Lab 

5

 __________
 TOTAL    39

Institutional and General Education 

21

Total credit hours 

121-123


  • Biology Secondary Certification Emphasis

Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  191/L  College Biology I/Botany/Lab 

5

BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 

5

BIOL  212L  Intro to Cell Biology/Lab 

3

BIOL  350  Mendelian & Population Genetics 

2

BIOL  351  Molecular Biology and Genetics 

2

BIOL  206/L  Intro to Microbiology/Lab

 

OR

 

BIOL  301/L  General Microbiology/Lab 

4-5

BIOL  223/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab

 

OR

 

BIOL  224/L Human Physiology & Anatomy II/Lab

 

OR

 

BIOL  414/L  Vertebrate Physiology/Lab 

4

BIOL  352  Evolutionary Biology and Ecology 

3

Biology  Upper Division Field Elective/Lab 

3

BIOL  493  Seminar 

1

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  211/L  Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab

 

OR

 

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

4-5

GEOL  101/L  Earth Science/Lab 

4

MATH  221  Applied Calculus: An Intuitive Approach 

4

PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I/Lab 

4

PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II/Lab 

4

 ____________
 TOTAL   62-64

Education Minor 

37

Institutional and General Education to include the following courses: 

24

PSYCH   151     Intro to Human Development
SPCOM   103 Speaking and Listening (grade of B or better required)


Total credit hours 

123-125


  • Elementary Teaching

See Liberal Studies with Science Emphasis

  • Pre-Nutrition/Dietetics Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to prepare students for a dietetic internship and a professional career in medical nutrition therapy or nutrition counseling. The degree (B.S.) is awarded from CSU-Fort Collins; however the entire 4-year program is designed for completion in Pueblo. Students attend 5 semesters of CSU-Pueblo courses, then apply for admission/transfer to 3 semesters of distance learning courses from the CSU-Fort Collins Nutrition and Food Science program (dietetics concentration). Please see www.cahs.colostate.edu/fshn/programs1.asp for more information on the CSU-Fort Collins program.

Required Biology Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  112  Nutrition 

3

BIOL  191/L  College Biology I/Botany/Lab 

5

BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 

5

BIOL  206/L  Intro to Microbiology/Lab 

4

BIOL  220  Medical Terminology 

2

BIOL  223/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab 

4

BIOL  224/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy II/Lab 

4

  __________
  TOTAL    27



Required Support Courses
Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  111/L  Principles of Chemistry/Lab 

4

CHEM  211/L  Intro Organic Chemistry/Lab 

4

CHEM  311  Survey of Biochemistry 

3

CIS  100   Word and Windows

1

CIS  103  Power Point and Web Publishing 

1

CIS  104  Excel Spreadsheets 

1

ECON  201  Macroeconomics (SS) 

3

ENG  101  Composition I 

3

ENG  102  Composition II 

3

MATH  121  College Algebra 

4

MATH  156  Introduction to Statistics 

3

MGMT  201  Principles of Management 

3

PSYCH  100  General Psychology (SS) 

3

SOC  101  Introduction to Sociology (SS) 

3

SPCOM  103  Speaking and Listening (H) 

3

 __________
 TOTAL    42

General Education (1 each advisor approved
Humanities, History, & Cross Cultural courses) 

9

TOTAL CSU-Pueblo credit hours before
Transfer to CSU-Fort Collins 

78


Institutional and General Education

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.


Specific Requirements for the Professional Biology Minor

Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  191/L  College Biology I/Botany/Lab 

5

BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 

5

Approved Upper-division Electives 

10

  __________
  TOTAL    20



Specific Requirements for the General Biology Minor

Approved Lower-division Electives 

12

Approved Upper-division Electives 

8

 __________
 TOTAL    20


Experiential Opportunities

There are many opportunities to participate in experiences that will complement and reinforce a student’s academic experience. The activities may be either on- or off-campus and may be used to develop leadership and interpersonal skills. The faculty of the biology department actively encourages student participation in such activities.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

Biology Majors

Assessment of students’ improvement in intellectual skills, knowledge and capacities from entrance to graduation will be accomplished through the use of several tools. Exams will be used as one measure of the student’s proficiency in writing skills, acquisition of knowledge, problem solving and laboratory skills. All majors will take a Senior Seminar that requires oral and written presentations. Seniors will also take the Biology Field Achievement Test, which measures Colorado State University-Pueblo students against national norms.


CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

Department Chair:  Lehmpuhl

Faculty: Bonetti, Collins, Dillon, Druelinger, Farrer, Saul, Wilkes

The major in chemistry leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree and the chemistry curriculum is certified by the American Chemical Society.

The chemistry department strives to provide intellectual and professional training for students in the field of chemistry and in support of the American Chemical Society charter “to encourage in the broadest and most liberal manner the advancement of chemistry in all its branches; the promotion of research in chemical science and industry, the improvement of the qualifications and usefulness of chemists through high  standards of education to promote scientific interests and inquiry.”

Chemistry is a foundation science for many professions. Graduates with degrees in chemistry find employment in such diverse areas as biotechnology, health sciences, forensic science, agricultural and environmental fields, transportation industries, the semi-conductor industry, teaching and research.

Consequently, the chemistry department provides students with a number of diverse programs to assure each student versatility and a sound education in the fundamental areas of modern chemistry.

In addition to curricula for students who wish to pursue chemistry as a profession, programs can be designed for pre-professional areas including pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry and pre-veterinary medicine.

A core curriculum for the major exists and many emphasis areas are open to students to combine other  interests with a major in chemistry. For example, while medical schools do not mandate any particular major for entering students, biology and chemistry have been the leading majors of students entering medical school. The requirements for a pre-medicine/chemistry major are the same as for the chemistry major  emphasis.

Additionally, the student must complete specific courses required by the medical schools to which they are applying. It is recommended that pre-medical and other pre-professional students coordinate the program with the appropriate pre-professional advisor, as well as the chemistry advisor, to assure that specific course requirements are completed.

Program Goals

  • To prepare graduates in the discipline of chemistry to become productive members of the profession whether they go on to industry, post-graduate education or other areas.

  • To prepare students in the verbal, written and quantitative skills that are prerequisite to advanced study or careers in chemistry.

  • To prepare students in the theoretical principals of chemistry as well as in the laboratory approach to problem solving.

  • To maintain approval of the chemistry curriculum as defined by the American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training.

  • To provide the opportunity for a variety of educational programs through the following:
    1. Basic Chemistry
    2. ACS Certified Curriculum
    3. Biochemistry
    4. Forensic Science
    5. Chemistry/Teacher Certification
    6. Double Major
    7. Chemistry Minor
    8. Forensic Science Minor

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Students majoring or minoring in chemistry are required to have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better in their chemistry courses. In addition, students majoring or minoring in chemistry must receive a grade of “C” or better in all core chemistry courses.

  • Proficiency in physics, math and computer science is essential for understanding and applying chemical principles; therefore, graduates must complete approved math and physics courses with an overall GPA of 2.000 or better.

  • The ability to think across disciplines contributes significantly to the educational experience as well as the application of chemistry as a profession; therefore, graduates must successfully complete an approved minor or area of concentration such that the overall GPA is 2.000 or better.

  • Transfer students are required to earn a minimum of 20 semester credit hours in approved chemistry courses from CSU-Pueblo for graduation with a BS degree in chemistry. Transfer students wishing to minor in chemistry must earn a minimum of 10 of the 20 credit hours required at CSU-Pueblo.

  • Students will be required to successfully complete American Chemical Society exams in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry and instrumental methods during the course of the chemistry degree curriculum.

  • Students will be required to take an exit examination during the senior year, covering the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. An exit interview is also required.

Chemistry graduates are expected to:

  • Understand the concept of and be able to apply the scientific method to problem solution;

  • Understand classifications of chemical compounds, general reaction types and quantitative aspects of stoichiometry as applied to chemical reactions;

  • Apply basic knowledge of related fields such as mathematics and physics to problem solving, methods of analysis and use of numerical data in the chemical sciences;

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of basic laboratory skills, methods and equipment used in chemistry for observation and analysis of chemical systems;

  • Read, think and write critically and review current literature in the chemical sciences; and

  • Exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories, concepts and skills  necessary in the chemical sciences.

Specific Requirements

The following common core is required for all of the chemistry emphasis areas for the Bachelor of Science Degree:

CHEM Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  221/L  Inorganic Chemistry/Lab 

3

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab  

5

CHEM  302/L  Organic Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  317/L  Quantitative Analysis/Lab 

5

CHEM  321*  Physical Chemistry I 

3

CHEM  322*  Physical Chemistry II 

3

CHEM  419/L  Instrumental Analysis/Lab 

5

CHEM  493  Seminar 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    40


  • CHEM 322 is not a continuation of CHEM 321 and can be taken before CHEM 321.

All emphasis areas for the chemistry major also require completion of the following institutional and general education requirements.

Institutional and General Education

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.

Requirements for the Specific Emphasis Areas

  • Basic Chemistry Emphasis

Courses  Titles 

Credits

Required Chemistry Core 

40

CHEM  323  Experimental Physical Chemistry 

2

Approved Elective (CHEM or MATH 156) 

3

 __________
 TOTAL    45


Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

   __________
   TOTAL    20


Institutional and General Education Courses

24

Approved Minor 

20

Free Electives 

11

 __________
 TOTAL    55


Total credit hours 

120


  • ACS Certified Emphasis

Courses  Titles 

Credits

Required Chemistry Core 

40

CHEM  323  Experimental Physical Chemistry 

2

CHEM  411  Biochemistry I 

3

CHEM  421  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 

3

CHEM  492  Research 

1

Approved Chemistry Electives 

6

 __________
 TOTAL    55



Other Required Courses
Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

 __________
 TOTAL    20

Institutional and General Education 

24

Free Electives 

1

Approved Minor 

20

 __________
 TOTAL    45

 

Total credit hours 

120



  • Biochemistry Emphasis

Courses  Titles 

Credits

Required Chemistry Core 

40

CHEM  411  Biochemistry I 

3

CHEM  412/L  Biochemistry II/Lab 

5

Approved CHEM Elective (CHEM 492 or 495 strongly suggested)

3

 __________
 TOTAL    51



Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  191/L  College Biology I/Botany/Lab 

5

BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology/Lab 

5

BIOL  301/L  General Microbiology/Lab 

5

BIOL  350  Mendelian and Population Genetics 

2

BIOL  351/L  Molecular Biology and Genetics/Lab 

4

BIOL  412/L  Cellular Biology 

4

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab  

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

 __________
 TOTAL    45

Institutional and General Education 

24

Approved Second Major Minimum 

39

 __________
 TOTAL    63

 

Total credit hours 

121-123



Secondary Teaching Certification Emphasis

Required Chemistry Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  211/L  Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab 

4

OR

 

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  311  Survey of Biochemistry 

3

CHEM  317/L  Quantitative Analysis/Lab 

5

CHEM  321  Physical Chemistry I 

3

CHEM  419/L  Instrumental Analysis/Lab 

5

OR

 

CHEM  221/L  Inorganic Chemistry/Lab 

3

CHEM  493  Seminar 

1

 _____________
 TOTAL    29-32


  
Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

BIOL  100/L  Principles of Biology /Lab 

4

BIOL  121/L  Environmental Conservation/Lab 

4

GEOL  101/L  Earth Science/Lab 

4

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PSYCH  151  Intro to Human Development 

3

PSYCH  342  Educational Psychology 

3

ED  202  Foundation of Education 

3

ED  280  Educational Media & Technology 

3

ED  301  Frameworks of Teaching 

3

ED  412  Teaching Diverse Learn 

3

ED  444  Teaching Secondary Science 

4

RDG  435  Content Area Literacy 

4

ED  485  Capstone Seminar 

2

ED  488  Student Teaching Secondary

 

OR

 

ED  489  Student Teaching K-12 

12

 __________
 TOTAL    72

 

General Education 

21

 

Total credit hours 

122-125

 

  • Forensic Science Emphasis

Required Chemistry Core 

40

Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles  Credits
MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

Institutional and General Education 

24

 __________
 TOTAL    44



Forensic Science Emphasis Area Courses:

Courses    Titles

Credits

CHEM  160/L  Intro to Forensic Science/Lab 

4

CHEM  260/L  Forensic Chemistry I/Lab 

4

CHEM  460/L  Forensic Chemistry II/Lab 

4

MATH  156  Intro to Statistics 

3

Electives*  

21

 __________
 TOTAL    36


Total credit hours 

120


*Approved elective courses, at least 9 credits of which must be upper division.

Courses  Titles  Credits
ANTHR  416  Crime and the Mind  3
ANTHR/SOC 451  Culture/Deviance/Psychopathology  3
BIOL  191/L  College Biology I/Botany/Lab  5
BIOL  192/L  College Biology II/Zoology/Lab  5
BIOL  212/L  Intro to Cell Biology/Lab  3
BIOL  223/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab  4
BIOL  301/L  General Microbiology/Lab  5
BIOL  351  Molecular Biology & Genetics  2
BIOL  351L  Advanced Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab  2
BIOL  440/L  Molecular Genetics/Lab  3
BIOL  481/L  Entomology/Lab  3
CHEM  411  Biochemistry I  3
CHEM  412/L  Biochemistry II/Lab  5
CHEM  492  Research  1-3 Var
CHEM  498  Internship  1-3 Var
ENG  305  Technical & Scientific Report Writing  3
MATH  356  Statistics for Engineers & Scientists  3
PSYCH  220  Drugs and Behavior  3
PSYCH  362  Abnormal Psychology  3
PSYCH  491  Forensic Psychology (taught under Special Topics)  3
SOC  415  Forensic Criminology  3

  • Pre-Professional

Students ultimately seeking professional degrees such as Pharmacy, PharmD, MD, DVM, DO, DDS, and DC, may opt to complete a bachelors, or minor, in chemistry as preparation for future professional studies. A solid understanding of the chemistry and analysis of biomolecules, pharmaceuticals, etc. serves as an excellent foundation for professional programs in the health sciences. Selection of the Biochemistry or Double Major Emphasis is recommended for pre-professional students completing the BS in chemistry.  Pre-professional students must work closely with academic advisors to ensure completion of specific curricular requirements needed for admission into specific professional programs.


Chemistry Minor

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

Upper-division Electives 

10

 __________
 TOTAL    20


Forensic Science Minor

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  111/L  Principles of Chemistry/Lab

 

OR

 

CHEM  121/L*  General Chemistry I/Lab 

4-5

CHEM  211/L  Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab

 

OR

 

CHEM  301/L*  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

4-5

CHEM  160/L  Intro to Forensic Science/Lab 

4

CHEM  260/L  Forensic Chemistry I/Lab 

4

Electives See elective list below 

3

 ____________
 TOTAL   19-21



POSSIBLE ELECTIVES

Electives chosen from the following (or as approved by the Minor Advisor):

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  311  Survey of Biochemistry 

3

CHEM  460/L*  Forensic Chemistry II/Lab 

4

PSYCH  220  Drugs and Behavior 

3

PSYCH  491*  Forensic Psychology (taught under Special Topics) 

3

PSYCH  362*  Abnormal Psychology 

3

ANTHR/SOC 416  Crime and the Mind 

3

ANTHR/SOC 451  Culture/Deviance/Psychopathology 

3

SOC  415  Forensic Criminology 

3

BIOL  223/L  Human Physiology & Anatomy I/Lab 

4

BIOL  301*  General Microbiology 

3

BIOL  351*  Molecular Biology & Genetics 

2

BIOL  351L*  Advanced Genetics & Molecular Biology Lab 

2

ENG  305  Technical & Scientific Report Writing 

3

MATH  156  Intro to Statistics 

3

 


*NOTE PREREQUISITES IN CATALOG


Co-curricular Requirements

Students should experience co-curricular activities which enhance, broaden and reinforce the academic experience; therefore, the faculty support and encourage students to participate in science-related, as well as in general activities such as:

  1. Science or chemistry clubs

  2. Student government

  3. Scientific meetings, seminars, symposia, field trips, tours, etc.

  4. Internships


Outcomes Assessment Methods

  • Assessment of chemistry majors occurs through examination of GPA in required courses. Majors are required to maintain a 2.000 GPA in major and minor courses as well as in other required courses.

  • Students are required to complete American Chemical Society national standard exams in general chemistry, organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and physical chemistry during the course of the chemistry degree curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts   necessary in the chemical sciences disciplinary areas.

  • Students are required to take an exit examination during the senior year. The ETS Major Field Examination, covers the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. Scores are compared to national averages to determine if students exhibit a comprehensive knowledge of the fundamental theories and concepts necessary in the chemical sciences overall.

MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS DEPARTMENT

Department Chair:  Chacon


MATHEMATICS PROGRAM

Faculty:  Barnett, Louisell, Lundberg, Melnykov, Nichols

The major in mathematics leads to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS). A flexible curriculum allows students to prepare for graduate school, for teaching careers, or for employment in areas that require mathematics (such as actuarial science, computer science, engineering, or statistics). Faculty advisors work individually with mathematics majors and minors to design programs of study. A list of advisors is available in the departmental office.

Students need to be aware that mathematics courses have prerequisites. Thus, many mathematics courses must be taken in a particular order.

Program Goals

  • To promote the development of attitude of mind and problem-solving skills required for efficient use, appreciation and understanding of mathematics.

  • To provide students with mathematical proficiency necessary to be successful in the study of science, business, economics, engineering, technology, or education.

  • To provide majors with a quality background in: differential and integral calculus for functions of one and several variables; linear and abstract algebra; probability; and applications of mathematics.

  • To prepare mathematics majors for a successful transition to business, government, industry, teaching, and/or graduate school.

  • To sustain, promote, and support the learning of mathematics in our service area.

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • All mathematics majors must complete the mathematics core curriculum: MATH 126, 207, 224, 307, 325, 327, 350 and 421. Majors are expected to complete core courses numbered above MATH 325 at CSU-Pueblo.

  • All majors must complete a physics course numbered 200 or above.

  • Mathematics majors and minors must complete the mathematics courses in their program with grades of C or better.

  • MATH 337 is a required elective for all mathematics majors not pursuing secondary education endorsement.

  • All majors are required to complete an approved two-semester sequence in a laboratory science (CHEM 121/121L and 122/122L, or PHYS 221/221L and 222/222L).

  • Mathematics majors must demonstrate proficiency in “an approved” computer language. It is strongly recommended that students complete this requirement within the first 60 credit hours.

Institutional and General Education

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to the individual department’s curriculum sheet.

Specific Requirements for the Mathematics Major

MATH Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126   Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications 

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  307  Intro to Linear Algebra 

4

MATH  325  Intermediate Calculus 

3

MATH  327  Abstract Algebra 

4

MATH  337  Differential Equations I 

3

MATH  350  Probability 

3

MATH  421  Advanced Calculus I 

4

Upper-division MATH Electives (Excluding MATH 360, 361, 477) 

6

 __________
 TOTAL    39


Other Requirements

Laboratory Science Sequence 

10

Computer Programming 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    14

General Education credits 

24

Electives 

43


Total credit hours 

120

Specific Requirements for the Mathematics Major/Secondary Certification

MATH Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications 

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  307  Intro to Linear Algebra 

4

MATH  325  Intermediate Calculus 

3

MATH  327  Abstract Algebra 

4

MATH  330  Intro to Higher Geometry 

3

MATH  350  Probability 

3

MATH  356  Statistics for Engineers & Scientists 

3

MATH  419  Number Theory 

3

MATH  421  Advanced Calculus I 

4

MATH  463  History of Mathematics 

3

MATH  477  Materials & Techniques of Teaching
  Secondary School Math 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    46


Other Requirements

Courses  Titles 

Credits

ED  202  Foundations of Education  

3

ED  280  Educational Media and Technology  

3

ED  301  Frameworks of Teaching 

3

ED  412  Teaching Diverse Learners 

3

ED  485  Capstone Seminar 

2

ED  488  Secondary Student Teaching 

12

PSYCH  151  Intro to Human Development 

3

PSYCH  342  Educational Psychology 

3

RDG  435  Content Area Literacy 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    36


Laboratory Science Sequence 

10

Computer Programming 

4

Elective 

3

 __________
 TOTAL    17


General Education 

21

 

Total credit hours 

120


Specific Requirements for the Minor in Mathematics

Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

 

Electives including three upper-division courses* (Excluding MATH 360, 361, 362 & 477) 

10

 __________
 TOTAL    20


* Two of these must be taken at CSU-Pueblo.


Specific Requirements for the Minor in Computational Mathematics

Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications 

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  307  Introduction to Linear Algebra 

4

OR

 

MATH  342  Introduction to Numerical Analysis 

3

MATH  320  Introductory Discrete Mathematics 

3

MATH  345  Algorithms & Data Structures 

4

 ____________
 TOTAL   22-23



Requirements for the Computational Mathematics Minor specific to Math Majors

Math majors, in lieu of the first 12 hours above are required to take:

Courses  Titles 

Credits

An approved programming elective 

3

CIS  171  Intro to Java Programming 

4

MATH  242  Intro to Computation with MATLAB 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    11



Specific Requirements for the Math/Physics Double Major

MATH Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  307  Intro to Linear Algebra 

4

MATH  325  Intermediate Calculus 

3

MATH  327  Abstract Algebra 

4

MATH  337  Differential Equations I 

3

MATH  338  Differential Equations II 

3

MATH  350  Probability

 

AND

 

MATH  356  Stats for Engineers & Scientists 

6

OR

 

MATH  550  Statistical Methods 

3

MATH  421  Advanced Calculus I 

4

 _____________
 TOTAL    36-39



PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PHYS  301  Theoretical Mechanics 

4

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

PHYS  321/322  Thermodynamics/Lab 

4

PHYS  431/432  Electricity and Magnetism/Lab 

5

PHYS  441  Quantum Mechanics 

4

PHYS  480  Practicum in Lab Instruction 

1

PHYS  493  Seminar 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    34


Other Requirements

Courses  Titles 

Credits

MATH  425  Complex Variables 

3

OR

 

PHYS  341/342  Optics/Adv. Laboratory-Optics 

4

PHYS  492  Research
OR

 

MATH  492  Research 

1

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

Computer Programming 

3

 ____________
 TOTAL   17-18

 

General Education 

24

Electives 

5-6


Total credit hours 

120


Co-Curricular Requirements

Students have the opportunity to broaden and reinforce the academic experience through participation in a variety of co-curricular activities. All students are encouraged to join the CSU-Pueblo Math Club. Many students serve as tutors in the Math Learning Center.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

  • Faculty advisors meet individually with students on a regular basis to help with schedule planning and to discuss the student’s progress toward educational and career goals. Advisors maintain a record of each student’s performance in his/her program of study.

  • During the senior year, each major takes the Mathematics Field Achievement Test. This test measures a student’s achievement level in comparison with students throughout the country.


PHYSICS/PHYSICAL SCIENCE
PROGRAM

Department Chair:  Chacon

Faculty: Brown, Wallin

The major in physics leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree. In addition, supporting courses and general education courses in physics and astronomy are available for students with a wide spectrum of interests, backgrounds and needs. Physics majors must consult with a program advisor as early as possible and must file a departmentally approved plan of study by the beginning of the junior year.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in physics is offered with several emphasis areas:

For the first three (non-teacher) emphasis areas, the recommended sequences of courses presume that the student is ready to begin MATH 126 in the first semester of the freshman year. If not, MATH 124 should be taken in the fall and MATH 126 in the spring of the freshman year concurrently with PHYS 221. Otherwise it may not be possible to complete the requirements for a physics degree within four years. Students, especially transfers, who do not strictly adhere to the plan of study may find that the term of attendance at CSU-Pueblo will be extended beyond four years.

Physics Emphasis

Primarily for students planning graduate study toward a professional career in physics, astronomy or other related fields.

Engineering Emphasis

For students planning to enter positions in industry upon graduation. Courses in engineering enhance the utility of the graduate to potential employers.

Chemical Physics or/Biophysics Emphasis

These emphasis areas are designed to meet specific career objectives for an individual.

Physics/Secondary Certification Emphasis

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain Colorado Department of Education certification as science teachers with an emphasis in physics.

Physical Science Secondary Certification Emphasis

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain Colorado Department of Education Certification as science teachers with emphases in physics and chemistry.

Physics/Math Double Major

See Math Program for details.

MINORS

Minors also are available in physics and physical science for students who need a specialized science minor in these fields.

Program Goals

  • To supply students with the necessary background to successfully pursue graduate study towards a professional career in physics,   astronomy or a related field.

  • To prepare students upon graduation to enter technical positions in government or industry.

  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain Colorado Department of Education Certification as science teachers of physics or physical science.

Expected Student Outcomes

General Requirements

  • Students graduating with a BS in physics must have at least a 2.000 grade-point average in physics courses and no more than four credits in physics with grades of D.

  • Students graduating with a minor in physics must have at least a 2.000 grade-point average in physics.

  • A 2.500 grade-point average in the major area is required for admission to the teacher education program.

  • At least 12 physics credits applied to the major (seven for minor) must be earned at CSU-Pueblo with a C or better average.

  • Students must have earned a C or better grade in lower-division prerequisite courses before being admitted to upper-division courses in physics.

  • In all but the teaching emphasis areas, students must demonstrate knowledge of computer programming.

  • In all but the teaching emphasis areas, majors are required to take the senior research course, in which students become involved in a theoretical or experimental research problem relating to physics  under the supervision of a department faculty member; and

  • A fundamental understanding of chemistry and its lab techniques is required of all majors.

Institutional and General Education

Please refer to the General Education Requirements in the Academic Policies section of this catalog or refer to your individual department’s curriculum sheet.


Specific Requirements for the Physics Emphasis

PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PHYS  301  Theoretical Mechanics 

4

PHYS  321  Thermodynamics 

3

PHYS  322  Advanced Laboratory - Heat 

1

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

PHYS  341  Optics 

3

PHYS  342  Advanced Laboratory - Optics 

1

PHYS  431  Electricity and Magnetism 

4

PHYS  432  Adv Lab Electricity & Magnetism 

1

PHYS  441  Quantum Mechanics 

4

PHYS  480  Practicum in Lab Instruction 

1

PHYS  492  Research 

1

PHYS  493  Seminar 

1

PHYS  499  Thesis Research 

1

   __________
   TOTAL    40


Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles  

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

MATH  242  MATLAB Programming 

4

OR

 

EN  101  Problem Solving for Engineers 

3

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications 

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  325  Intermediate Calculus 

3

MATH  337  Differential Equations I 

3

MATH  338  Differential Equations II 

3

Approved Math Elective 

3-4

 _____________
 TOTAL   37-39

General Education 

24


Electives 

17-19


Total credit hours 

120



Specific Requirements for the Engineering Emphasis

PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PHYS  301  Theoretical Mechanics 

4

PHYS  321  Thermodynamics 

3

PHYS  322  Advanced Laboratory- Heat 

1

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

PHYS  341  Optics 

3

PHYS  342  Advanced Laboratory - Optics 

1

PHYS  431  Electricity and Magnetism 

4

PHYS  492  Research 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    32



Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

EN  101  Problem Solving for Engineers 

3

EN  103  Introduction to Engineering 

2

EN  107  Engineering Graphics 

2

EN  211  Engineering Mechanics I 

3

EN  212  Engineering Mechanics II 

3

EN  231/L  Circuit Analysis I/Lab 

5

EN  321  Thermodynamics I 

3

EN  324/L  Mechanics of Materials/Lab 

4

EN  441  Manufacturing Processes 

4

EN  443  Quality Control and Reliability 

3

EN  471  Operations Research 

3

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications 

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  325  Intermediate Calculus 

3

MATH  337  Differential Equations I 

3

 __________
 TOTAL    63


General Education 

24

Electives 

1

 

Total credit hours 

120



Specific Requirements for the Biophysics, or Chemical Physics Emphasis

PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PHYS  301  Theoretical Mechanics 

4

PHYS  321  Thermodynamics 

3

PHYS  322  Advanced Laboratory- Heat 

1

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

PHYS  341/342  Optics/Adv. Laboratory-Optics 

4

OR

 

PHYS  431  Electricity and Magnetism 

4

PHYS  441  Quantum Mechanics 

4

PHYS  492  Research 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    32



Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

MATH  242  MATLAB Programming 

4

OR

 

EN  101  Problem Solving for Engineers 

3

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  207  Matrix & Vector Algebra with Applications 

2

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

MATH  325  Intermediate Calculus 

3

MATH  337  Differential Equations I 

3

Approved electives in biology 

32

OR

 

Approved electives in chemistry 

22

 ____________
 TOTAL   53-64


General Education 

24

Electives 

11-0


Total credit hours 

120


*A MATH/PHYSICS double major is also available in the department. (See MATH department requirements.)


Specific Requirements for the Physics Secondary Certification Emphasis

PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  110  Astronomy 

3

PHYS  140/L  Light, Energy and the Atom/Lab 

4

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab  

5

PHYS  321/322  Thermodynamics/Lab 

4

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

PHYS  341/342  Optics/Adv. Laboratory-Optics 

4

PHYS  480  Practicum in Lab Instruction 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    31


Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

ANS  420  Lab Safety 

1

BIOL  100/L  Principles of Biology/Lab 

4

BIOL  121/L  Environmental Conservation/Lab 

4

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

ED  202  Foundation of Education 

3

ED  280  Educational Media & Technology 

3

ED  301  Frameworks of Teaching 

3

ED  412  Teaching Diverse Learners 

3

ED  444  Teaching Secondary Science 

4

ED  485  Capstone Seminar 

2

ED  488  Student Teaching Secondary  

12

GEOL  101/L  Earth Science/Lab 

4

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PSYCH  151  Intro to Human Development 

3

PSYCH  342  Educational Psychology 

3

RDG  435  Content Area Literacy 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    73


General Education 

21


Total credit hours 

125

Specific Requirements for the Physical Science Secondary Certification Emphasis

PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  110  Astronomy 

3

PHYS  140/L  Light, Energy and the Atom/Lab 

4

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

 __________
 TOTAL    22



CHEM Courses  Titles  

Credits

CHEM  121/L  General Chemistry I/Lab 

5

CHEM  122/L  General Chemistry II/Lab 

5

CHEM  211/L  Intro to Organic Chemistry/Lab 

4

OR

 

CHEM  301/L  Organic Chemistry I/Lab 

4

CHEM  317/L  Quantitative Analysis/Lab 

5

CHEM  321  Physical Chemistry I 

3

CHEM  378  Practicum in Lab Instruction 

1

 __________
 TOTAL    23


Other Required Courses

Courses  Titles 

Credits

ANS  420 Lab Safety 

1

BIOL  100/L  Principles of Biology/Lab 

4

BIOL  121/L  Environmental Conservation/Lab 

4

ED  202  Foundations of Education 

3

ED  280  Educational Media and Tech 

3

ED  301  Frameworks of Teaching 

3

ED  412  Teaching Diverse Learners 

3

ED  444  Teaching Secondary Science 

4

ED  485  Capstone Seminar 

2

ED  488  Student Teaching Secondary 

12

GEOL  101/L  Earth Science/Lab 

4

MATH  126  Calculus & Analytic Geometry I 

5

MATH  224  Calculus & Analytic Geometry II 

5

PSYCH  151  Intro to Human Development 

3

PSYCH  342  Educational Psychology 

3

RDG  435  Content Area Literacy 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    63


General Education 

21


Total credit hours 

129



Specific Requirements for the Minor in Physics

PHYS Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  221/L  General Physics I/Lab 

5

PHYS  222/L  General Physics II/Lab 

5

PHYS  323/L  General Physics III/Lab 

5

Approved Upper-division Electives in Physics 

5

 __________
 TOTAL    20




Specific Requirements for the Minor in Physical Science

A minimum of 24 credits must be selected from the
courses listed below:

Courses  Titles 

Credits

PHYS  110/L  Astronomy/Lab 

4

PHYS  150  Elementary Concepts in Physics and Chemistry l 

4

PHYS  201/L  Principles of Physics I/Lab 

4

PHYS  202/L  Principles of Physics II/Lab 

4

CHEM  111/L  Principles of Chemistry/Lab 

4

EN  101  Problem Solving for Engineers 

3

GEOL  101/L  Earth Science/Lab 

4

 __________
 TOTAL    27


Co-Curricular Requirements

The program faculty believes that students should have co-curricular experiences that complement and reinforce their academic experiences. Therefore, the faculty encourages students to join and participate in events sponsored by the department and the Society of Physics Students (SPS), Sigma Pi Sigma initiations, physics expositions, picnics, graduation dinners, potluck dinners, etc. to foster a spirit of camaraderie.

Outcomes Assessment Activities

The Physics Program faculty will assess the skills, capacities, and knowledge of its majors as follows:

  • The student must complete a senior research project including a formal presentation of results both in writing and orally to at least two members of the physics faculty (except for those in the teaching emphasis areas).

  • The student must take the Physics Major Field Achievement Test offered by The Educational Testing Services (ETS) or another departmentally approved exam covering the sub-fields in physics at some point during his/her senior year (except for those in the teaching emphasis areas).

  • By maintaining a portfolio for each student which contains college grades, records of special skills acquired, senior research project results, Field Achievement Test results and a record of co-curricular activities. The portfolio will remain on file in the department and will be added to as additional information is obtained from student or employer.

The program faculty believes that improvement in the skills, capacities, and knowledge of its minors can be assessed through required course work. The course grade will be a measure of the student’s grasp of the basics in each discipline.