Nov 16, 2018  
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2017-18 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Materials Science Minor


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Dr. Linette M. Watkins, Department Head
Phone: (540) 568-6246
Email: watkinlm@jmu.edu
Location: Physics and Chemistry Building, Room 1186
Website: http://www.jmu.edu/chemistry

Professors
D. Amenta, K. Caran, T. DeVore, D. Downey, R. Foust, J. Gilje, G. MacDonald, B. Reisner, L. Watkins

Associate Professors
B. Boardman, C. Hughey, S. Lewis, D. Mohler, N. Wright, Y. Zhang

Assistant Professors

A. Baber, C. Berndsen, O. Kokhan, P. Raston, I. Sumner

Lecturers
D. Blumling, K. Funck, Q. Liu, D. Warnaar, D. Wilson

Mission Statement

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry offers the B.S. degree for a major in chemistry, with concentrations that meet the American Chemical Society Accredited Programs requirements for programs in biochemistry, materials chemistry and in chemistry/chemical education. In addition, the department offers a B.S. degree in biophysical chemistry. It also offers minors in chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, and materials science. The programs are designed to provide the theoretical and practical instruction in chemistry and related areas to prepare students for careers in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, dentistry, paramedical areas, forensic sciences, chemical engineering and other technology based areas. The department also recognizes its responsibility to provide courses for non-chemistry majors who need a basic understanding of the principles of chemistry either for their chosen major or their general education.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduate school in chemistry, biochemistry or related areas (ACS Certified Degrees preferred)
  • Professional employment as a chemist or biochemist (ACS Certified Degrees preferred)
  • Professional school (medical, dental, veterinary, pharmacy, business and law)
  • Chemical engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Forensic science
  • Immunology
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Production supervision
  • Quality control
  • Research assistant
  • Scientific writing
  • Some forms of development work
  • Technical library science
  • Toxicology

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • American Chemical Society Student Affiliate Chapter
  • Alpha Chi Sigma Professional Fraternity (Coed)
  • Iota Sigma Pi

Dr. Samuel Morton, Director
Phone: (540) 568-2723
Email: mortonsa@jmu.edu
Location: 901 Carrier Drive, MSC 4502
Website: http://csm.jmu.edu/materialsscience

Refer to the Materials Science Minor in Centers for Materials Science for more detailed information on this cross disciplinary program.

Credit by Examination 

The chemistry and biochemistry department offers credit by examination for CHEM 131 and 132. General Chemistry I-II. Students who want permission to take the examination must apply to the department head. Details regarding approval to take the examination and examination dates will be provided when the application is received. 

Teaching Licensure

Students interested in becoming teachers must meet specific curriculum requirements in their major as part of the undergraduate academic degree. Chemistry majors must also complete a course in biology and a course in geology.

In addition to the general education and academic major requirements, chemistry majors desiring secondary teacher licensure must be admitted to teacher education, complete the pre-professional program in secondary education at the undergraduate level and the graduate level Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

It is critical that students seeking licensure consult regularly with both their education adviser and their major adviser to support their progression through the programs. For a full description of the program in secondary teaching, refer to the Department of Middle, Secondary and Mathematics Education, in addition to the College of Education/Professional Education Unit section of the catalog.

Minor Requirements


The minor in materials science includes four major components:

  • Choice of an entry-level introductory course in materials science.
  • Lecture or laboratory course that emphasizes more specialized areas in materials science.
  • Materials science electives that can include all specialized courses.
  • Research or an additional materials science lecture or laboratory experience.

Courses for the minor are offered through the departments of chemistry, geology and environmental studies, integrated science and technology, mathematics, and physics.

Courses


  • Materials Science Electives: 9 Credit Hours
  • Research or additional materials science laboratory course: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours


Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours


Total: 18 Credit Hours


Concentration Requirements


The concentration in materials science consists of 12 credits hours of course work approved by the student's adviser and by the director of the center. Appropriate courses may be chosen from materials science offerings in the areas of chemistry, geology and environmental studies, integrated science and technology, mathematics, and physics. This concentration must be pursued in conjunction with a designated major in chemistry, geology and environmental studies, integrated science and technology, biology, mathematics, and physics.

Courses


  • Materials Science Electives: 6 Credit Hours
  • Research or additional materials science laboratory course: 3 Credit Hours

Choose one of the following: 3 Credit Hours


Total: 12 Credit Hours


Research in Materials Science


Register for Research in Materials Science under one of the following:

Courses


Special topics in materials science registered under:


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