Welcome to the Francis Marion University Chemistry Department
Chemistry is the science dealing with the composition and properties of substances, and the reactions by which substances are produced from or converted into other substances. The study of Chemistry is on an intermediate scale. It does not concentrate on elementary particles, or even just the elements. It concentrates on what we can make or do, not just on observations of existing phenomena. We can often see and manipulate these things directly. Both theory and practice are well-integrated. A very wide range of skills is taught and is needed to be a good chemist. Problem-solving is emphasized.
Equipment used can range from the very simple to the very complex. Undergraduates wishing to major in Chemistry should have a strong liking for science and mathematics in general and a curiosity for Chemistry in particular.
The B.S. Degree program at Francis Marion is a rigorous one, having won American Chemical Society approval.
All students are required to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours (major and non-major) of approved credit, but many students elect to take more. The Chemistry major requires a minimum of 32 hours of Chemistry courses, including one year of General Chemistry, one year of Organic Chemistry, one year of Analytical Chemistry, one year of Physical Chemistry, and Biochemistry. Several optional advanced courses are available, including polymer chemistry, advanced organic chemistry, advanced biochemistry, and research. A minor will usually involve at least 19 hours of credit.
There is an active Student Chapter of the American Chemical Society in the Department. This Chapter brings in invited speakers to promote a better understanding of current chemical research to chemistry majors and to the general student population. Members of the Chapter have the opportunity to attend local, state, and regional meetings of the American Chemical Society. Chemistry majors are encouraged to conduct undergraduate research under the supervision of a full-time faculty member and to present their results in on-campus seminars and at regional meetings of the ACS and the South Carolina Academy of Science.