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Natural Science Chemistry

Natural Science Chemistry2019-02-26T14:33:32-05:00

Why choose the Natural Science in Chemistry degree?

This degree prepares you for a range of careers because you can tailor it to fit your interest through four different concentrations — chemical business, forensic science, health professions and secondary education.

CONCENTRATIONS

The Chemical Business option prepares students for the business side of the chemical industry.

With a combination of chemistry and business courses, students explore management, sales, marketing and human resources as they relate to the chemical industry. In addition, you will be trained to work in the laboratory, making you a flexible asset to any employer.

Missouri Western graduates can be found working in the labs of many regional chemical employers in the greater Kansas City and St. Joseph area including Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Midwest Research Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many more.

If you seek to further your industrial/business skill set you may consider continuing your education in our Master of Applied Science Chemistry program.

The Forensic Science option prepares students to be scientists in law enforcement. Students receive extensive laboratory training as well as studying law, criminal investigation, criminal evidence and criminalistics. When you are ready to begin your criminalistics training, you may choose a general course of study or more focused specialty areas such as blood spatter analysis, forensic entomology and arson investigation.

Graduates of our program go on to attend graduate school in chemistry, forensic chemistry, forensic science or enter the regional law enforcement workforce. Currently, Missouri Western graduates can be found working in the laboratories of the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, and many regional police departments.

If you are planning to pursue a master’s degree in forensic science, Missouri Western offers a MAS Forensic Investigation program through the Department of Criminal Justice.

The option in Health Professions is a flexible program designed to prepare students for competitive admission into medical school (physician, dentist or pharmacist).

Students receive extensive training in chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics, typically required for admission to health career programs. You will also have flexibility to tailor a portion of your academic training to focus on your career goals.

Graduates of our program have been admitted to a variety of programs including the UMKC schools of Pharmacy and Dentistry, KCUMB, the University of Missouri Medical School, the St. Louis University School of Medicine and many others.

The option in Secondary Education is designed to prepare the next generation of high school chemistry teachers.

By completing the program and successfully passing the Missouri teacher certification exam, you will meet all Missouri Department of Secondary and Elementary Education requirements for high school chemistry teachers. Students have an option to meet Unified Science requirements by completing physical geology, meteorology and 4 additional credits of biology.

Program admission and graduation standards are very high. An overall GPA of 2.75 and a GPA of 3.0 in chemistry are required for admission to the Teacher Education program.

Missouri Western graduates can be found in classrooms throughout the region and beyond.

Student working in the chemistry lab

Natural Science/Chemistry (Bachelor of Science, B.S.)

General Studies
42-47
Core Requirements
CHE 111General Chemistry I5
CHE 120General Chemistry II with Qualitative Analysis5
CHE 310Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 311Organic Chemistry Laboratory I2
CHE 321Quantitative Analysis4
CHE 370Biochemistry I4
CHE 495Seminar in Chemistry2
Select one of the following:8-10
College Physics I
and College Physics II
University Physics I
and University Physics II
BIO 106Principles of Cell Biology4
Select one of the following:5-6
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Differentiation
and Calculus with Analytic Geometry I: Integration
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Concentration
Select one of the following options:23-48
Forensic Science
Health Professions
Chemical Business
Education

Concentrations:
Forensic Science
Health Professions
Chemical Business
Education

Forensic Science Option

Concentration Requirements
CHE 312Organic Chemistry II3
CHE 313Organic Chemistry Laboratory II2
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4
Select one of the following:4-5
Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics 1
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics 1
CHE 380Environmental Chemistry & Chemical Management3
BIO 205Genetics4
LAW 100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
LAW 190Criminal Investigation3
LAW 260Criminal Law3
LAW 320Criminal Evidence3
or LAW 410 Intermediate Criminal Law
Select one of the following electives in Criminalistics Methods: 23-5
Criminalistics
Death Investigation
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis in Violent Crimes
Forensic Anthropology for Law Enforcement
Human Remains: Search, Recovery, and Identification
Forensic Entomology
Total Credit Hours35-38

Health Professions Option

Concentration Requirements
Select seven credit hours from Chemistry courses numbered 300 or higher7
BIO 205Genetics4
BIO 311Animal Physiology4
Select eight credit hours from Biology courses numbered 300 or higher8
Total Credit Hours23

Chemical Business Option

Concentration Requirements
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4
Select one of the following:4-5
Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics 1
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics 1
CHE 380Environmental Chemistry & Chemical Management3
ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introductory Managerial Accounting3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
GBA 210Business Statistics I3
GBA 211Business Law I3
GBA 220Business Communications3
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
Total Credit Hours38-39

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.

Education Option

A major in Natural Science for Secondary Teachers leads to certification to teach Science in schools. Students who pursue this program should consider teaching as their immediate career goal.

Concentration Requirements
CHE 326Instrumental Analysis4
Select one of the following:3-4
Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
Physical Chemistry: Chemical Dynamics and Quantum Mechanics 1
Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Kinetics 1
CHE 380Environmental Chemistry & Chemical Management3
CHE 308History and Philosophy of the Natural Sciences3
CHE 465Chemistry Teaching: Methods and Techniques3
ESC 111Physical Geology4
or ESC 120 Meteorology
Education Professional Sequence
Students must complete the Professional Sequence36
Total Credit Hours56-57

The above requirements complete all Missouri Secondary Education Chemistry Certification requirements.  

Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours, including 60 from a senior college (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.75, a major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Education coursework.
  6. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  7. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam.
Mapping your degree plan is important. Consult with your academic advisor to create a plan and monitor it regularly.