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Department Advising & Honors

 Students who require advising as it relates to Department of Chemistry requirements should meet with the adviser for their program. Advising can also be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences advising office.

Planning a program in chemistry

 Curricula leading to a major in chemistry are quite structured, since knowledge is developed cumulatively in a four-year sequence. This leads to a fairly prescribed order of course presentation with a number of specific course requirements. Students interested in pursuing a program of study in chemistry should consult with a departmental adviser and file a program plan as early as possible in their college career.

Admission to major standing

To be eligible for a degree in chemistry, students should be admitted to major standing by the department at least three semesters before graduation. Students must consult with the chemistry department chief adviser and file an application for admission to major standing, which includes a curriculum plan, during the term in which they first take a 300-400 level chemistry course. This procedure is designed to ensure that an appropriate plan of studies is completed by graduation.

Applications for major standing in chemistry will be approved after completion of CHM 157 (or 167), 158 (or 168), 220, 234-235, 237, PHY 151, and MTH 154 with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.

Course work more than 10 years old is subject to re-evaluation by the department. An examination may be required to demonstrate proficiency in areas covered by such courses.

Honors

 Departmental honors may be awarded to graduating seniors in chemistry who have been recommended for honors by their research advisers and have completed all required science courses with high grades.

Advanced courses in chemistry

Students pursuing a major in Chemistry, B.S. program take eight credits of advanced courses in areas of interest. In addition to the courses listed in this catalog, the following advanced courses are open to qualified undergraduates:

  • CHM 521 and 522 (Advanced Analytical Chemistry and Topics in Analytical Chemistry)
  • CHM 534 and 535 (Advanced Organic Chemistry and Topics in Organic Chemistry)
  • CHM 540 (Symmetry in Chemistry)
  • CHM 541 and 542 (Advanced Physical Chemistry and Topics in Physical Chemistry)
  • CHM 553 and 554 (Advanced Biochemistry and Topics in Biochemistry)
  • CHM 563 and 564 (Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Topics in Inorganic Chemistry)

See the online Oakland University Graduate Course Listings for course descriptions.

Academic Advisers

Ferman Chavez
M.S. Chemistry (Non-Thesis)
227 Science and Engineering
(248)370-4092
chavez@oakland.edu

Roman Dembinski
M.S Chemistry (Thesis)
225 Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2248|
dembinsk@oakland.edu

 Zijuan Liu
B.S. Biochemistry
303 Science and Engineering
(248) 370-3554
liu2345@oakland.edu

Linda Schweitzer
B.S. Environmental Science Program
289 Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2092
schweitz@oakland.edu

John Seeley
STEP Program
267 Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2329
seeley@oakland.edu

Jennifer Tillinger
B.A./B.S. Chemistry and Engineering Chemistry
293 Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2883
jbulgare@oakland.edu

Xiangqun Zeng
Ph.D.
231 Science and Engineering
(248) 370-2881
zeng@oakland.edu