BS in Chemistry

Students pursuing a chemistry or biochemistry major may not elect the P/NC option in major or related courses, or prerequisites for these courses, except as noted in specific course descriptions. Students pursuing a BS/BA in Chemistry cannot double major with a BS/BA in Biochemistry, or minor in Chemistry.  The minor in Green Chemistry and Engineering or the certificate in Analytical Chemistry are permitted.

For the bachelor of science degree in chemistry 44 hours of CHEM courses are required.

The following courses must be included:
CHEM 1230    General Chemistry I    
CHEM 1240    General Chemistry II    
CHEM 1280    General Chemistry Lab I    
CHEM 1290    General Chemistry Lab II    
CHEM 2410    Organic Chemistry I    
CHEM 2420    Organic Chemistry II    
CHEM 2480    Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors: Separations and Elementary Synthesis    
CHEM 2490    Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Majors: Synthesis and Identification    
CHEM 3310    Analytical Chemistry    
CHEM 3360    Analytical Chemistry Laboratory    
CHEM 3510    Biochemistry I    
CHEM 3610    Inorganic Chemistry I    
CHEM 3730    Physical Chemistry I    
CHEM 3740    Physical Chemistry II    
CHEM 3860    Advanced Laboratory I    
CHEM 3870    Advanced Laboratory II    
CHEM 4300    Instrumental Analysis    
CHEM 4880    Advanced Laboratory III    
Optional advanced chemistry courses include any other 3000 or 4000 level CHEM courses except the following:CHEM 3712 CHEM 3722, CHEM 3732, CHEM 3742, CHEM 3910, CHEM 3920, and CHEM 4920

The following related courses are also required:     
MATH 1830 and MATH 1840, or MATH 1850 and MATH 1860 (Calculus I and II); MATH 2850 Elementary Multivariable Calculus
PHYS 2130 and PHYS 2140 (Physics I and II) 

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in chemistry courses is required for graduation with this degree.

Below is a sample plan of study. Consult your degree audit for your program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First TermHours
CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1280 General Chemistry Lab I 1
Choose one of the following 4
Calculus I For Mathematicians, Scientists And Educators
Single Variable Calculus I
ENGL 1110 College Composition I 3
NSM 1000 Natural Sciences & Mathematics 2
Arts/Humanities Core 3
Second Term
CHEM 1240 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1290 General Chemistry Lab II 1
Choose one of the following 4
Calculus II For Mathematicians, Scientists And Educators
Single Variable Calculus II
CHEM 1910 Survey Of Research 1
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
Social Sciences Core 3
Third Term
CHEM 2410 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 2480 Organic Chemistry Laboratory I for Majors: Separations and Elementary Synthesis 2
MATH 2850 Elementary Multivariable Calculus 4
CHEM 3310 Analytical Chemistry 2
PHYS 2130 Physics For Science And Engineering Majors I 5
Fourth Term
CHEM 2420 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 2490 Organic Chemistry Laboratory II for Majors: Synthesis and Identification 2
CHEM 3360 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (WAC) 2
PHYS 2140 Physics For Science And Engineering Majors II 5
Social Sciences Core 3
Fifth Term
CHEM 3510 Biochemistry I 3
CHEM 3730 Physical Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3860 Advanced Laboratory I (WAC) 2
CHEM 3910 Undergraduate Research II 1
Multicultural Non-US Diversity 3
Social Science Core elective 3
Sixth Term
CHEM 3610 Inorganic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 3740 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHEM 3870 Advanced Laboratory II 2
CHEM 3910 Undergraduate Research II 1
Multicultural Diversity of US 3
Elective 3
Seventh Term
CHEM 4300 Instrumental Analysis 2
CHEM 4880 Advanced Laboratory III 2
CHEM 4910 Undergraduate Research III 1
Choose One of the Following 3-4
Fundamentals Of Life Science: Diversity Of Life, Evolution And Adaptation
Fundamentals of Life Science: Biomolecules, Cells, and Inheritance
Introduction To Environmental Studies
Fundamentals Of Geology
Electives 6
Eighth Term
Art/Humanities Core 3
Electives - to reach 120 hours 9
 Total Hours120-121

See course catalog for pre- and co-requisites.

Electives without recommendation are to be determined by the student using Banner Degree Audit program to determine which courses fulfill requirements and then by student interest of courses presented as satisfying the requirement.

  • PLO 1. Demonstrate a mastery of foundational concepts in mathematics and physics.
  • PLO 2. Demonstrate a mastery of fundamental concepts, principles, and methods in organic, inorganic, physical, analytical and biochemistry, including atomic and molecular structure, thermodynamics principles, chemical kinetics, chemical reactivity, and synthetic methodology.
  • PLO 3. Make observations, formulate hypotheses, understand theory and application of chemical instrumentation, design and carry out experiments, analyze and interpret data, and use equations, models and statistics to test and apply these concepts.
  • PLO 4. Communicate technical information clearly and accurately in written, oral and visual formats.
  • PLO 5. Locate and use information in the primary literature and research databases.\\n
  • PLO 6. Critically read, assess, and evaluate scientific publications, presentations and data.\\n
  • PLO 7. Understand and observe proper safety, ethical, and professional practices.\\n
  • PLO 8. Apply the concepts and practices of chemistry to areas outside the laboratory, including societal and policy issues.\\n