The Chemistry Major
Chemistry is the science concerning the control, properties, reactivity, and detection of atoms and molecules in the world around us. Just as chemistry contributes to our existence, culture, and our quality of life, the discipline of chemistry is a central science with new frontiers continually being explored, and new benefits resulting from them. As home of a central science, the department serves the entire student population in addition to chemistry majors, in a new state-of-the-art facility that is part of the TCNJ Science Complex. Consistent with the goals of TCNJ, the chemistry faculty members have substantial contact with each student. Faculty advisers meet regularly with students to assist in defining educational paths that will best allow the pursuit of career goals. Assistance is also available through a strong seminar program, which includes discussions of the roles and responsibilities of chemists in today’s society.
Many TCNJ chemistry majors pursue advanced degrees in analytical, organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, or biochemistry graduate programs throughout the country. Graduates are also well-suited for entrance into dental, medical, and other professional schools. The program prepares students for pursuing careers in the rapidly changing chemical industry, teaching careers, and careers in state and national government laboratories. Students interested in pursuing a career in pharmaceutical sales and marketing can combine a major in chemistry (CHMA) with a minor in marketing. A forensic chemistry concentration is available as well, to further broaden the career options for graduates.
The department has a strong sense of community. It has a strong Student Chemist’s Association (ACS Student Affiliates) and a chapter of the National Chemistry Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Epsilon. The chemistry department’s degree program is accredited by the American Chemical Society. Students completing the chemistry major will receive a Bachelor of Science degree.
Transfer students are required to take a minimum of four course units of chemistry (courses numbered CHE 300 or above) for graduation as chemistry majors from The College of New Jersey.
Those students wishing an honors designation in chemistry may earn it by successfully completing a series of ACS examinations and a research project.
Program Entrance, Retention, and Exit Standards
Every major program at the College has set standards for allowing students to remain in that program, to transfer within the College from one program to another, and to graduate from a program. The following are the standards for chemistry programs. Minimum grades are noted in parentheses:
- Retention in the program is based on the following performance standards in these “critical content courses”: CHE 201 and 202/General Chemistry I and II (C); CHE 331/Organic Chemistry I (C).
- Transfer into the program from another program within the College is based upon the following performance standards in these “foundation courses”: CHE 201/General Chemistry (C); MAT 127/Calculus A (C).
- Graduation requires a GPA of 2.0 in courses for the program.
A minor in chemistry is comprised of five full courses in CHE courses including CHE 202 (or Honors CHE 201 and 202) and four other CHE courses numbered 300 or higher, but not including CHE 316, 317, 318, 340, 393, 399, 489, 490, or 493.