Frequently Asked Questions

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General Questions

What degrees are offered in the Chemistry department?

What is an ACS-certified degree in Chemistry?

Are there any student organizations sponsored by the chemistry department?

Are there any scholarships available within the department?

Where is the lost and found?

Is there a computer lab where I can work on my homework?

How can I get one of the lockers next to the departmental office?

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Current Students

Where do I find Tutors?

How do I become a tutor or lab assistant?

How do I contact my Professor?

How do I get involved in doing research?

What do I need for the first day of lab?

What electives or seminar courses are offered in the chemistry department?

I am taking a chemistry course over the summer, what do I need to do to ensure my success?

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Laboratories and Classes

How do I find out what books I need for class?

How are the labs coordinated with classes?

What is "recitation"?

If I have a problem with my grade who do I talk to?

How do I make up a General Laboratory?

I am going to drop the class. Do I have to drop the lab as well?

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Program and Class Planning

Who do I talk to if I need advice on what courses I should be taking?
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Research, Graduate Schools and Scholarships

Where to I find information about Research and Scholarship Opportunities?

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New and Prospective Students

What do chemists do?

I want to major in chemistry, but how do I know what courses I should be taking during in each semester?

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General Questions

What degrees are offered in the Chemistry department?

The chemistry department offers four different bachelor's degrees. See Degree Programs

Chemistry ACS-certificate (Major Code 6061)
This degree is accredited by the professional organization, the American Chemical Society. Employers and graduate schools will recognize the more rigorous content of this program.

Chemistry (Major Code 6060)
This program is very similar to the ACS-certified degree shown above.  However, the following three courses are not required but may be taken as electives: CHEM 3403 Biochemistry I, CHEM 4603 Advanced Organic Chemistry, and CHEM 4654 Inorganic Chemistry with Lab.

Chemistry-Health Sciences (Major Code 6062)
This program is offered to students who wish to pursue a career in the health sciences.  The advanced hours include biochemistry and medical physics.  Students planning to attend medical, dental, or optometry school, or who are interested in other pre-professional programs, will find a Chemistry-Health Science degree useful.  Professional students should also consult with the Health Professions Advisor, Dr. Anne Ewing who is located in HOH 200. She can be reached by phone or email at (974-5911) or aewing2@uco.edu.

Chemistry-Science Education (Major Code 6041)
Students who wish to teach chemistry in secondary school can select this major.  28 hours of chemistry course work are required, as well as foundation courses in biology and physics and engineering.  31 hours of professional teacher education are required to complete the degree.  Students in this program should also meet with the Science Education Advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Allan (974-5775) or eallan@uco.edu.

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What is an ACS-certified degree in Chemistry?


An American Chemical Society (ACS) certified degree is awarded to those students who complete the requirements set forth by the ACS. These requirements are more stringent than the ones set forth by the University of Central Oklahoma.  However, most employers like ACS-certified degrees because they know that the student has gone through a rigorous program and has been taught by accomplished faculty.  The student is also better prepared to enter the work force upon graduation. ACS Degree Program 

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Are there any student organizations sponsored by the chemistry department?


The Chemistry Club's official name is SAACS, "Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society".  This student organization meets each month at a time and place to be announced.  SAACS members participate in chemistry outreach activities, National Chemistry Week, field trips, community service and social events. SAACS offers a unique, out-of-class environment for students to get to know each other and the faculty, and to broaden their horizons in science.  Watch for information on the bulletin board outside HOH 220.

The Student Academy of Forensic Sciences (SAFS) meets twice a month, usually once in the afternoon and once in the evening, at a time and place to be announced.  SAFS members are able to network with speakers from various fields of forensic science.  Members also participate in field trips, sponsor community service events, host social activities, and attend professional meetings. The SAFS bulletin board is outside HOH 218.

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Are there any scholarships available within the department?


Tuition waivers and scholarships are awarded once a year to chemistry majors. The deadline to apply is in February.  For an application, contact Dr. Albahadily (falbahadily@uco.edu) or Carla Supon (csupon@uco.edu).

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Where is the lost and found?


There is a lost and found box in the Chemistry Department Office (HOH 314).  Check there for items lost in chemistry classrooms or labs. The Dean's Office (HOH 208) also has a lost and found, as do the Biology and Physics and Engineering offices.

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Is there a computer lab where I can work on my homework?


The Student Resource Room, HOH 318, is an area for students.   The departmental tutors are available in the Student Resource Room.  A variety of resources, including chemistry textbooks, spectral libraries, and information about graduate schools, and four computers equipped with mass spectrometry software are available. A list of Resource Room policies is posted in the room. Please note that the room closes at 5:00 p.m. every day.

The college of mathematics and science also has a computer lab in HOH 319.  There are 31 computers and work in any class in mathematics and science can be done in this computer lab. The lab policies and hours are posted on the door.   This computer lab is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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How can I get one of the lockers next to the departmental office?


There are 16 lockers available for chemistry majors, on a first-come basis.  Senior chemistry majors have priority.  Carla Supon in HOH 314 has more information about the lockers.

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Current Students

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Laboratories and Classes

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Program and Class Planning

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Research, Graduate Schools and Scholarships

New and Prospective Students