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Dr. Mary Scott Railing
Assistant Professor
Email: mrailing@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2334


Degree Programs


The chemistry program at Wheeling Jesuit University offers two-degree paths - the Bachelor of Science degree (BS) and the Bachelor of Arts degree (BA).

BS Degree:

The BS degree is designed to prepare students for careers in chemistry. The program consists of 50-52 hours of chemistry and prepares students for graduate school or entry-level positions in industry. In the past two years, several students have received full stipends to high quality graduate schools.

Upon completion of the BS degree program, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Understand the principles and concepts fundamental to chemistry.
  2. Apply lab techniques appropriate for an entry-level chemist.
  3. Have problem-solving skills.
  4. Be proficient in oral and written communication.

BA Degree:

The BA degree, with 30-31 hours of chemistry, is designed to prepare students for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, forensics, environmental science and chemical education.

Upon completion of the BA degree program, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Understand the principles and concepts fundamental to science with an emphasis in chemistry.
  2. Possess laboratory experiences appropriate for a person knowledgeable in science.
  3. Have problem-solving skills.
  4. Be proficient in oral and written communication.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry

In addition to completing the core curriculum requirements, outlined in the program catalog, chemistry majors must complete the following courses:

CHE 110, 120  General Chemistry Lecture  I and II  (8 crs) 
CHE 121, 122  General Chemistry Lab  (2 crs) 
CHE 221, 222  Organic Chemistry Lecture I and II  (8 crs) 
CHE 231, 232  Organic Chemistry Lab  (2 crs) 
CHE 315  Quantitative Analysis Lecture  (3 crs) 
CHE 319  Quantitative Analysis Lab  (1 cr) 
CHE 316  Instrumental Analysis Lecture  (3 crs) 
CHE 317  Instrumental Analysis Lab  (1 cr) 
CHE 321, 322  Physical Chemistry Lecture I and II  (8 crs) 
CHE 331, 332  Physical Chemistry Lab  (2 crs) 
CHE 314   Biochemistry  (3 crs) 
CHE 401  Inorganic Chemistry  (3 crs) 
CHE 480  Seminar  (1 cr) 

Chemistry Option (one of the following):

CHE 318  Environmental Chemistry  (3 crs) 
CHE 405  Advanced Inorganic Chemistry  (3 crs) 
CHE 410 Advanced Biochemistry  (3 crs) 
CHE 415  Advanced Organic Chemistry  (3 crs) 
CHE 420    Advanced Physical Chemistry  (3 crs) 

Required Lab or Project (one of the following):

CHE 344, 345  Biochemistry Lab Projects I, II  (2 crs) 
CHE 431, 432  Advanced Laboratory Techniques I, II  (4 crs) 
CHE 477. 478  Senior Research Project I, II  (4 crs) 

Other Required Courses:

MAT 111, 112  Calculus  I, II  (8 crs) 
PHY 110, 120  Physics Lecture  (8 crs) 
PHY 121, 122  Physics Lab   I, II  (2 crs) 
     
  Total  (68-70 credits)  

Note:  The program outlined above meets or slightly exceeds the requirements for certification by the American Chemical Society.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry

In addition to completing the core curriculum requirements outlined in the program catalog, BA chemistry majors must complete the following courses:

CHE 110, 120  General Chemistry Lecture I and II  (8 crs)
CHE 121, 122  General Chemistry Lab  (2 crs)
CHE 221, 222  Organic Chemistry Lecture I and II  (8 crs)
CHE 231, 232  Organic Chemistry Lab  (2 crs)
CHE 315  Quantitative Analysis Lecture  (3 crs)
CHE 319  Quantitative Analysis Lab  (1 cr)
CHE 321  Physical Chemistry Lecture I   (4 crs)
CHE    Approved 300-Level Electives  (2-3 crs)
     
MAT 111, 112  Calculus  I, II  (8 crs)
PHY 110, 120  Physics Lecture I and II  (8 crs)
PHY 121, 122  Physics Lab I and II  (2 crs)
     
  Total:   (48-49 credits)

Requirements for a Minor in Chemistry

A minor in chemistry is recommended for students majoring in biology, physics, computer science, pre-engineering and environmental studies.

The following courses must be completed: CHE 110, CHE 120, CHE 121, CHE 122, CHE 221, CHE 222, CHE 231, CHE 232 and either CHE 315 and CHE 319 or CHE 314 and CHE 344.

CORE Fulfilling Courses

CHE 105 
 
Introduction to General, Organic and  
Biochemistry 
(3 crs)
 
CHE 107  Chemistry for Non-science majors  (3 crs) 
CHE 110  General Chemistry Lecture  (4 crs) 



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