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2008-2009 Academic Catalog 
2008-2009 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Chemistry

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Ron Darbeau, Head
Faculty: Boggavarapu, Delaney, Donahoe, Emerson, McDonald, Merchant, G. Ramelow,
U. Ramelow, Sneddon, Vallee


The purpose of the Department of Chemistry parallels the purpose of the College of Science and of the University. The departmental programs are designed to implement the purposes of the institution. Specifically, the major goals of the Department are (1) to prepare graduating chemistry majors for advanced study in graduate school or to qualify them directly for industrial positions, (2) to prepare graduating chemistry education majors for teaching positions or graduate study, (3) to provide professional training to enhance application for admission to medical school, (4) to offer a preparatory non-degree geology program, and (5) to furnish service courses for other departments.


The program of the Department of Chemistry achieves these purposes by providing:

  1. A complete curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with concentrations in Biochemistry, Forensic Chemistry, Geology, and Premedicine.
  2. Curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry Education, Grades 6-12. Note: Students interested in teacher education programs should see the department for advising.
  3. Service courses to meet the needs of students whose majors are in other departments.
  4. An interdepartmental program leading to the Master of Science degree in Environmental and Chemical Sciences.

Premedicine students should familiarize themselves with specific degree requirements of the institution(s) to which they may apply.

A suggested pregeology course of study can be obtained from the coordinator of geology.

A chemistry degree can be a useful foundation for admission to pharmacy school, and students interested in pursuing careers in pharmacy or a related field may wish to consider majoring in chemistry. McNeese State University, however, plays no role and has no control over the selection and admission of students to pharmacy schools. Students should carefully consider the precise requirements of the pharmacy school of their choice (see http://www.aacp.org for a listing) and ensure that all of those requirements are met in their chosen degree plan. The Chemistry Department will assist students in making course selections, however, the ultimate determination of course equivalency rests solely with the pharmacy school.

Information concerning graduate work in the Department of Chemistry may be found in the Graduate School section of this catalog.

The Department of Chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036; email: cpt@acs.org.

Graduate Studies

The departments of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, and Agricultural Sciences offer an interdepartmental Master of Science Degree in Environmental and Chemical Sciences.

A student may concentrate in Agricultural Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science, or Chemistry/Environmental Science Education.

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