Focus on metabolic biochemistry: the study of chemical reactions that provide the cell with the energy and raw materials necessary for life. Topics include glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, the citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis, the pentose phosphate pathway, and the metabolism of glycogen, fatty acids, amino acids, and nucleotides as well as the macromolecular machines that synthesize RNA, DNA, and proteins. Medical relevance is emphasized throughout. Satisfies Central Menu Area 1 for Bio majors. Prerequisite: or or /281.
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Theories of electronic structure, stereochemistry, and symmetry properties of inorganic molecules. Topics: ionic and covalent interactions, electron-deficient bonding, and molecular orbital theories. Emphasis is on the chemistry of the metallic elements. An introduction to the Gaussian program will be covered in the discussion sections, used for electronic calculations in the computer and problem set exercises. Prerequisites: 35.
If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an appropriate regional accrediting association, you are eligible to apply for admission to Northern Arizona University as a graduate student.
Applicants must have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale for their bachelor’s degree to be considered for regular admission. Admitted students are expected to have undergraduate educational experiences, including general education studies, that are similar to those required for a baccalaureate at Northern Arizona University. Students holding a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 may be considered for conditional admission with a recommendation and rationale from the admitting academic program.
Students in our program learn both fundamental theory and practical application in all areas of chemistry (inorganic, analytical, organic, physical, biochemical) and they gain substantial experience operating highly sophisticated instrumentation. This prepares students for a wide variety of careers. Examples include: environmental chemistry, toxicology, materials science, government and industry laboratories, biotechnology, agricultural technology, high school science teaching, medicine, dentistry, optometry and other related health sciences, pharmacy and pharmacology, patent law, computational chemistry, forensic analysis, sales representative for instrument, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, art restoration and more.
Students usually can earn a bachelor's degree in chemistry or biochemistry in four years. In an additional two years, they can earn a master's degree. With careful planning it is possible to condense a conventional six year plan of study into five years and earn both degrees. By using the summers to remove prerequisite blocks, balance academic loads, and begin research work as an undergraduate, a student can earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in five calendar years. This is true regardless of whether a student can begin mathematics with calculus, pre-calculus, or even college algebra.
The Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences (B.S.H.E.S.) degree programs are accredited by the Council for Professional Development of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. The degree program in dietetics is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences (B.S.A.) in food science is accredited by the Institute of Food Technologists. Teacher education programs in agriculture and family and consumer sciences are coordinated with educational programs in the College of Education and Health Professions and are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program in chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society. The American Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications has accredited the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in journalism. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Music (B.M.), and Master of Music (M.M.) degree programs in the Department of Music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program in clinical psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree programs are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
A two-year Master's Degree in Chemistry is available in our department and involves course work in at least four of the following areas of chemistry: analytical, biochemistry, environmental, inorganic, organic, and physical; and independent research project culminating in a written thesis. A non-thesis option is also available. There are active research groups in our department in all of these areas of chemistry. For a description of the areas and specific projects in which our faculty experiment, see a (1.8 MB). We have a small research mentor/graduate student ratio that produces close interaction between our students and faculty. Our department's research facilities are split between the top two floors of the new Chemistry/Forensic Science building.
The Sam M. Walton College of Business offers degree programs for undergraduate students and for graduate students at both the master’s and doctoral levels and has been a member of and accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, since 1931. The accounting program was separately accredited in 1986 at both the bachelor’s and master’s levels. The master’s in business administration program was approved in 1963. Accreditation by AACSB and membership in that organization signifies the college’s commitment to AACSB goals of promoting and achieving the highest standards of business education.
The College of Engineering offers a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.) that is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (visit for more information).
A bachelor's degree in Chemistry with honors is available to those students interested in chemical research. Admission to the honors program requires a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 in science courses and an overall GPA of 3.0 in all University courses. Beyond the standard B.S. course requirements for each track, 9 units of research credit and 9 units of course work need to be completed during the junior and senior academic years. A thesis, approved by the honors adviser, must be completed during the senior year. The theses must be submitted to the research adviser, at least one week before the end of regular classes in Spring Quarter, and must be completed by May 15 to be considered for the Firestone or Golden award. The use of a single course for multiple requirements for honors, major, minor, or coterminal requirements is not allowed. Students who wish to be admitted to the honors program should register with the student services manager in the Mudd Chemistry Building in Spring Quarter of their junior year.