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Chemistry and Biochemistry

     The Chemistry program of study in the Honors Tutorial Program is designed to serve the varying needs of outstanding students who desire to work closely with dedicated faculty and gain an in-depth exposure to state-of-the-art areas of chemistry and biochemistry. The curriculum is designed to be sufficiently flexible so that students are able not only to cover the basic material in all branches of chemistry, but also are able to spend a significant portion of their time engaged in research and advanced coursework in areas of particular interest. Frank discussions with the Director of Studies provide the key to selecting the correct course of study. It is important for a student to discuss career goals and aspirations with the Director of Studies before starting the program and to outline, as completely as possible, the courses and timetable for their completion. In order to thrive in this program, the student is expected to actively pursue knowledge in the field of chemistry.


     The HTC in Chemistry and Biochemistry provides students with an opportunity to work directly with faculty each quarter. Some faculty serve as tutors who choose problems and library assignments that present the material in greater depth than is available in lecture format. Tutors meet with students individually, or in small groups, for a 60-90 minute session each week and provide one-on-one instruction personalized to the student's needs and interests. Some faculty serve as mentors who guide HTC students through laboratory projects and teach the use of modern techniques and scientific equipment. They meet with students, as appropriate, in the laboratory setting. The available projects change with staffing. Students are encouraged to view our web page for information about our faculty: www.ohio.edu/chemistry/facultystaff

Program Description

     Students entering the Honors Tutorial College program in Chemistry and Biochemistry may start their course of study at different levels depending on their preparation. Some of the courses in General Chemistry may be waived, based on placement examination, and it is possible to commence with Organic Chemistry in the first year. Conversations with the Director of Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry are most helpful in determining entry level and course of study. HTC students are encouraged to choose a curriculum appropriate for them through discussions with the Director of Studies and to design their own projects in cooperation with their mentors. Students may choose from the following tracks:

     The details of an individual student's course of study will be established through consultation with the Director of Studies, but there are consistent minimum requirements for all HTC students in Chemistry and Biochemistry: in the first two years: the equivalent of one year of General Chemistry (CHEM 1510, CHEM 1520); Organic (CHEM 3050, 3060): Quantitative Analysis (CHEM 2410-2410L), Calculus (MATH 2301, MATH 2302), Physics (PHYS 2051 PHYS 2052), and English (ENG 1510). Specialization begins in the third year, and the precise courses are customized, but courses include: Analytical, Biochemistry, Organic, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry courses, depending on the student's needs. Thesis research (CHEM 4940 or 4941) can begin as early as the second year once the project and the mentor have been chosen. Thesis research culminates in a written document conforming to the guidelines set by HTC, and it must be defended orally as a requirement for graduation. The oral presentation for the thesis defense must take place at least one month prior to the proposed date for graduation, and it must be open to the public. Public presentation by the student at local, regional and even national professional meets are strongly encouraged.


     Students applying to the program should have demonstrated high capability and interest in chemistry. In most cases, minimum credentials include placement in the top ten percent of the graduating class in high school, scores of above 1300 (combined) on the SAT or 30 composite on the ACT, outstanding letters of recommendation, and demonstrated initiative in the sciences.

Prospectus and Grading

     At the beginning of each tutorial, each student will be given a syllabus by the tutor describing the content of the tutorial and how the grade for the tutorial will be determined. Since tutorials are inherently open-ended it is understood that detours from the original syllabus may occur. The grade for the tutorial is based on performance in the tutorials, examinations and laboratory (if applicable) at the discretion of the tutor. A grade of C+ or lower in a chemistry tutorial or course during the first two years of study will result in dismissal from the Honors Tutorial Chemistry program unless an adequate reason (e.g. illness) can be provided for the poor performance. In addition, an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher must be maintained at all times in order to continue in the tutorial program.

Further Information

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For further information about the Chemistry Program of Study contact:

Lauren McMills
Director of Studies
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ohio University
345 Clippinger
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1754