Chemistry

Degree Offered

  • Associate of Arts

Nature of Program

The chemistry program at Potomac State College includes the first two years of work toward a B.S. or B.A. in chemistry. Courses provide a strong foundation in general and organic chemistry. Laboratory work includes classical wet chemistry, volumetric and instrumental analysis as well as the applications of computers to analysis of data collected in laboratory experiments.  The goal of the program is to prepare students to transfer to a four-year institution and complete their bachelor's degree. Students successfully completing the course work at Potomac State College are admitted to West Virginia University as junior chemistry majors.

If the student is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, six credit-hours of a foreign language at the intermediate level are required. If pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, a foreign language is not required.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the B.S. in chemistry, a student can secure employment as a chemist in various chemical industries such as iron and steel, petrochemical or paper industries. Another option is to pursue an advanced degree in chemistry such as a Masters or Doctorate.

The B.A. program allows students to pursue an advanced degree in chemistry or to apply for admission to professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy or dentistry. Admission requirements for these professional schools are easily accomplished by adjustments to specific courses taken within the B.A. program.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research (GEF 1)
6
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2 - minimum grade of C-)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8 - minimum grade of C-)4
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (minimum grade of C-)
4
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory (minimum grade of C-)
4
MATH 155Calculus 1 (GEF 3)4
MATH 156Calculus 2 (GEF 8)4
WVUE 191First Year Seminar1
Tracks (Select one of the following):25
BA Track
GEF Elective Requirements - 4, 5, or 6 (3 credit hours required)
Foreign Language (12 credit hours required)
Elective
Select one of the following:
Introductory Physics
and Introductory Physics (GEF 8)
General Physics
and General Physics
BS Track
GEF Elective Requirements - 4, 5, 6, and 7 (12 credit hours required)
Elective
Multivariable Calculus
General Physics (GEF 8)
General Physics
Elective4
Total Hours60

Suggested Plan of Study (BA Track)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
WVUE 1911Foreign Language3
Foreign Language3Elective2
 15 16
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4
PHYS 101 or 111 (GEF 8)4PHYS 102 or 1124
GEF Elective (4, 5, or 6)3Foreign Language3
Foreign Language3Elective4
 14 15
Total credit hours: 60

Suggested Plan of Study (BS Track)

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
MATH 155 (GEF 3)4MATH 156 (GEF 8)4
WVUE 1911GEF Elective (GEF 7)3
GEF Elective (GEF 4)3Elective1
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4
MATH 2514PHYS 1124
PHYS 111 (GEF 8)4GEF Elective (GEF 6)3
GEF Elective (GEF 5)3Elective4
 15 15
Total credit hours: 60

Major Learning Goals

Chemistry

  1. The student will have knowledge of fundamental chemical principles and an understanding of the methods of chemistry at the two year college level.
  2. The student will acquire sufficient training to perform accurate and precise quantitative analyses, to utilize modern instrumental methods of analysis, to analyze and report the results of chemical experimentation, to work safely with chemicals, and to work effectively both as an individual and in a small group.
  3. The student will understand how to retrieve information from the chemical literature and be able to organize and communicate chemical information effectively in written reports and laboratory note books.
  4. The student will possess the basic laboratory skills and chemical knowledge to qualify for transfer to a four year institution for completion of their B.S. or B. A. degree. 

Faculty

Chair

  • Vicki Huffman - Ph.D. Biomedical Science

Professors

  • Jay Badenhoop - Ph.D. Chemistry
  • Henry Falkowski - Ed.D. Chemistry